BJS Design StudioCertificate of Excellence 2019
Wake Forest, North Carolina, Wake(6 Reviews)
A trusted, experienced source of graphic design in Wake Forest, NC.
I work with small, local businesses to large, national organizations in Wake Forest, the Research Triangle, North Carolina and beyond.
Need some visual solutions for your marketing and communications projects? Contact me today and let’s get started!
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BJS Design Studio Q&A
What makes a great website?
A great website is thoughtfully designed and organized (looks good and works well), uses high-quality content, is optimized for speed and search engines, and is responsive for viewing on any device.
What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?
1. What type of project?
2. Do you have a set budget in mind? If so, I'll try my best to meet it (usually by limiting overall time spent on the project).
3. What sort of turnaround do you need (how fast do you need it done)?
What information do you need from a client before you start work?
1. Company name & address
2. Contact name, phone number, email
3. Signed estimate & approval (once I have all the info for your project, I will write up an estimate that the client will need to sign and return before any work begins)
What sorts of printing projects do you usually cater for?
Print projects are my forté, and I work on several different types: business cards, brochures, flyers, posters, interior/exterior signage, collateral kits, trade show displays, billboards, logos, etc. I'm happy to work on brand new projects or help other designers/marketing groups with overflow assistance when they get swamped.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process varies according to the project/budget/turnaround needs. In general, it looks like this:
2. Design/layout stage. Sometimes that involves searching for stock photos that may be needed or would help flesh out a concept/layout.
3. 1-3 initial comps (varies by project) emailed as PDFs or other format(s) to the client for consideration/approval.
4. Editing/approval (my estimates will include a certain amount of time allotted to this stage; if we go over, we get into additional hourly billing)
5. Final files (once approved, final print files -- hi-res PDFs, etc. -- are provided to the client and/or uploaded to the printer; **does not by default include native files that the client can edit themselves, such as Adobe InDesign documents -- these are available at an additional fee**)
What information do you need from a client before you can start work?
(This question is already asked/answered above...)
What do you love most about your job?
I love being creative and designing things that will hopefully wow clients and their current/potential customers. My favorite thing to do is to have the creative freedom and the budget to really spend some time on a project and do something special.
What inspired you to start your own business?
With the experience I've built up over the years and the closure of my previous employer at the end of 2016, I decided to set out on my own. I could remain local, without the long commute times, and would have more flexibility to get out there and find inspiration for various projects. I also relished the thought of being able to set my own prices that would reflect a more professional level of service (at my last employer, we were priced pretty well for a long time, but it was decided that we'd cut our rates due to the economic downturn, and I didn't think that was a good idea -- it maybe helped us get a little more work in, but the work wasn't worth it at such low rates, because we weren't making enough money to get by).
Why should our clients choose you?
With over 20 years of design experience, I have the knowledge, creativity and experience to deliver professional, targeted, eye-catching design for a multitude of client types. I will be there every step of the way to walk you through the process (if you need). Together, we will create stunning print and web materials that look and feel polished. (Granted, if you just need something quick 'n' dirty because you're "behind the 8 ball," I can do that, too.)
Contract Freelance Graphic Designer
From November 1997 to January 1999.
After college, I was hired by Qualex, a subsidiary of Kodak, as a contract freelance designer. I "got my feet wet" here, being the newbie. I basically handled edits to existing layouts (photo lab kiosk backbars, write-ups, posters, film envelopes, etc.) -- changing price points and other text elements, replacing photos, etc.
Azalea Graphics, Inc.
From January 1999 to December 2016.
At Azalea Graphics, I had the opportunity to really spread my wings more as a designer. Over the course of 18 years, I designed for both print and web for a wide variety of large and small clients, including Tarheel Sports Properties (Carolina Basketball programs, etc.), Pennzoil-Quaker State, Duke University (Student Affairs, Duke Medicine and The Fuqua School of Business), Pine Needles & Mid Pines (golf courses), Caddell Communications (through this marketing/communications firm, I worked on projects for various regional/community banks, including American National Bank & Trust, North State Bank, CapStone Bank and New Century Bank [now Select Bank & Trust]) and University Conference Services. For my first 8 years at Azalea, I worked closely with our Creative Director on several projects. After his passing in 2007, I handled all of my projects myself, working directly with my client contacts and essentially serving as Creative Director/Senior Designer on each of my projects.
BJS Design Studio LLC
From January 2017 to present.
Azalea Graphics closed its doors at the end of 2016, so I decided to set off on my own and opened my own freelance studio on January 12, 2017. As the sole owner and employee, I wear several hats, from designer to creative director, to office manager, invoicing, etc. I provide professional, targeted graphic design services to companies both large and small, to help establish their brand and/or build/expand upon it. From simple business cards to multi-platform advertising campaigns, trade show booths/displays, to logos and rebranding, to web banners and complete website design, I create high-quality visual experiences to help inform and engage your audience.
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