a request on requests
As a person who wants a:
SOMETHING INVOLVING GRAPHIC DESIGN
I highly suggest, that next time you are requesting a piece of graphic design, that you be specific about what you're requesting. This benifits you, in that you get a logo looking closer to your requests, you will get it faster, and you will prevent the loss a few months of your graphic designer's expected lifespan.
In case you're wondering what this means, here are a few words/phrases that may give your designer an aneurism, and a short explanation of why
I don't care, i just want a logo/banner/etc.
No, you don't. Otherwise you would have opened MS paint and made a picture size 200x200 and save your bmp to your website. OR. If you 'just wanted a logo' you wouldn't mind having the starbucks logo in bright pink with flowers for your website deathmetalandannihilation.com(IMHO i think that'd be pretty metal in its own.)
Make it look good/nice/cool/poppy/interesting.
None of these words describe anything other than what you think they should look like, in one word, which has separate meanings for everyone. These also give no information on what context this is going to be used. Same thing as above with the starbucks logo, I don't know where my design is going, I don't know how you're going to use it, and I don't know who is going to be looking at it and saying whether or not it fits with my design.
Make it sleek/smooth/sharp/contrasty/cozy.
THIS is an improvement. It's describing something: lines, edges, and texture. However rather ambiguous in it's own, it's building up to something. Words like cool, interesting, and good, have little to no place in the world of describing/requesting art.
That looks nice, but could you change it a little?
Yes, i can. and you can tell me what you want to change.
Now, this doesn't mean that your graphic designer won't sooner or later get this information from you, he will usually ask you to join a chat session, see him in person, or over the course of mail, "converse about your expectations". So it is to say, your graphic designer will ask you what sort of colors, lines, text, shapes, texture, symmetry, etc. It's simply more painful than receiving an email saying
I'd like a graphic for my website, you can visit the website at www.[webs].com , it isn't finished though cuz i don't have a designer.
allow me to lay a certain weight upon this link here. If you don't know what they are, they will change your life.
Speaking from the little experience that I have, i would like to point out a few things that are more or less necessary for a graphic designer to receive before he actually makes you something.
What sort of graphic you would like, this can be a banner, a letterhead, an entire website, a fancy dropdown menu, anything graphic related, he can do the graphics part.
On that note, your graphic designer(unless stated otherwise) is a graphic designer and not a professional writer/company namer. "I don't know/care what my website is going to be called yet" gives your designer very little to work with.
What/where the graphic is going to be used; If it's going to replace an old graphic, at least knowing the old graphic's dimensions are extremely helpful. These are given in units called pixels, if you don't know how to tell what they are, send the old file to your designer, if he doesn't know how, find a different designer. This is sort of included in the type of graphic.
Do you want text? If you do, specify EXACTLY what text you want, if you want text you're adding a whole new league to your request, do you want subtle, plain, contrasting, with the background, do you even want a background? Things that also help are a general sort of font that you'd like, serif, spacing, kerning, etc. you can find what these terms are here(in the box labeled "Typography terminology") if you're really interested.
You want a graphic of some sort, simple? complex? organic shape? inorganic shape? If you have a vision, don't just say you have a great vision about this, describe it. If you're in person or know how to use a scanner. Drawing something on a napkin is enough to make your graphic designer want embrace you. Do you want an abstract design, something that looks like something in real life, something that resembles text, or something that blends.
In order to not be a hypocrite, here are words that are useful. (Use at least two words, if not more when describing how you want something to look)
Sharp, smooth, thick, thin, square/boxy, bright, contrast, subtle, simple, complex, organic, rough, natural, metallic, shiny, relfection, dull, embossed, colors(0xRRGGBB), gradient, fill, transparent, one color, two colors, with/without text, 3D, flat, light, dark, spikey, smooth, flowery, text-related, object, abstract.
The list goes ON and ON.
Having toiled over this many a time(emphasis on many and time), a fruitless rant though it is. There is much more to be said on this subject, even though it's friggin long as it is. I think i'll just leave it here for now.
If you think there's anything i've missed, lemme know.
Be more specific when requesting things from your graphic designer. And his job is a graphic designer, not a writer/namer.
That is all for now. Thank you for your time.