Posted 21.07.2016 @ 10.13PM
Dan and Trex are both right. Jump into things, learn on the fly if you're confident enough. Don't expect to know everything all the time. Experiment and research outside of work. the Adobe forums, this forum and Google are your friends. Make up briefs for yourself that tackle something you are unsure of or nervous about, set a deadline and work on it when you can, at the end of each project, you will have learnt a new skill and you'll have something else to add to your folio.
Large scale catalogues and documents aren't as daunting as they may seem. If you can keep everything in well organised folders, then half the battle is won, the other half is time management. Time allotted / pages - time for initial design concept and layout - time for edits = an average of how much time you can spend on formatting each page. If this is something you really want to go into, look at creating book files in InDesign, maybe. muck around with paragraph styles and character styles.
My first full-time design job out of uni was working as the only in-house designer as well, and I realised after a while, that once you have the design basics, you can teach yourself how to do almost anything.
Posted 09.10.2014 @ 9.41AM
There are a lot of good printing places in Melbourne. If you're in the northern suburbs, or can get out there. Minuteman Press in Broadmeadows is always very helpful and will show you papers, and if you want specialty stock, they'll order it in.
Fay is their sales rep and handles the quoting. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted 02.05.2014 @ 1.02PM
Thanks for the response, everyone.
So far, it has gone unresolved. My main gripe at the moment is that I can't get in contact with her to resolve the problem. We're being paid for the time spent on the logo, but I honestly don't like the situation.
The mother is a very busy CEO and I'm almost finished working with her on a very large report, so once that is done, I hope that she will have the time to go over it with either myself or her daughter.
My assumption is that despite thinking that she knew what she wanted, once sthe client saw it she changed her mind and doesn't know what to do now, and doesn't realise that this is precisely what I've been hired for...
Posted 29.04.2014 @ 1.33PM
Sooo, I have a pretty great track record for clients liking my first design draft. We chat, work it out in brief, I draw up a few draft ideas and BAM, they love it.... Except for Client X.
In the last 3 years I have had 2 of these, and they have me completely baffled. The clients who is so nervous about telling me they don't like the first draft that they completely avoid me... Despite agreeing to a contract and despite the fact that I tell my clients that I would love to hear any feedback, even if it's to tell me they hate what I've done. (Doesn't happen, but I like to put it out there that I'm open to criticism.)
I'm not really sure what to do here. I mean, I'm getting paid for the time already spent on this logo, but I don't like to leave a client unhappy. When we last spoke, we already had a quick sketch in front of us of what she wanted that she seemed genuinely happy about before I did the thumbnail variations... but now, she won't respond to emails or phone calls and her mother (a long term client of mine) was the one who had to let me know that she was unhappy with the result, but didn't say why... and all I can think is: 'but it was just a set of thumbnails of the logo, with colour variations, to see which direction she wanted to take it...'
I want to resolve it, but my boss is willing to just get paid, let it go and not bother. Has anyone else had this, or something like it, happen?