Design gets a breath of fresh air.
It’s a new year, and there are some new happenings to discuss around here.
I refined my package offerings more so that they cover all of my most common design requests (and the types of projects I love doing!). I’m focusing on three areas: Identity Design, Print Design, and WordPress. I go into more detail over on the packages page, as far as what is included in each one and the differences between them. The new setup also gives a rough idea of the investment required if you’d like to work with me. I debated with myself about whether or not to publish my prices, but in the long run I think it saves time for both potential clients and me to know right away whether I’m in their budget range or not. I know I do excellent work, and am confident that my prices are where they should be. Ideally it will discourage those more interested in a lowball price than quality design work. And for those ready to invest in design for their business, the details hopefully answer a lot of the questions you might have.
A new year, a new accountant, and a new… sales tax? Womp, womp. Way less exciting. It turns out that graphic design services are taxable in the state of Texas. So, if you are also located in Texas, all invoices from here on out will include sales tax on services provided. If you’re outside of Texas, no worries, you are not affected by this change.
And now for the really exciting bit: over the holiday break, my boyfriend of many years became my fiancé! We are officially engaged, and plan on getting married later this year. There will be a sizable out of office period when the wedding and honeymoon roll around. It won’t be for a few months at least, and I’ll certainly give any active clients as much advanced notice as I can. But wait, there’s more! Since I’ll be taking his last name, there will be quite a few changes around here, too. I’ll be moving to a new domain name (this one will forward there, don’t worry), adjusting my logo, maybe even doing a DBA as a studio instead of just my name. I haven’t quite decided yet, but major changes along those lines are coming. And to answer some non-business questions about this: I was completely surprised, at the Grand Canyon, I love my ring, and yes, I’ll be designing my own wedding invites (and am super excited about that!).
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How was your holiday break? Any big changes in store for you this year?
Wishing a happy and healthy holiday season to you and yours. See you in the new year.
Is there a self-employed/freelance designer in your life that you’re struggling to find a gift for? Have no fear, last-minute shopper. As most self-employed peeps will tell you, buying treats or gadgets for themselves tends to fall to the bottom of the to-do list, right next to updating their own website. So I’ve put together a list of things that your designer friend would be thrilled to find under the tree this year (I have a few of these, but would be thrilled by the rest, too!).
Chime in, fellow independent designers! What do you hope to find under the tree this year?
Continuing the full exposure of my font obsession, today I’m sharing with you 25 script fonts. Just in case you still need to put together your fancy holiday cards, these will fit the bill. Scripts are fonts that mimic the look of handwriting. They may or may not actually look handwritten. The list I did previously was all about the handwritten look, but today’s list features scripts that are more elegant and clean cursive. But as you’ll see, even within that narrow scope, you can find a decent range of styles and font personalities. And as before, all of these fonts are free to download and use. Check out the previews and download links below:
What are some of your favorite script fonts?
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