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Clive Jones Freelance Graphic Designer

Clive Jones Freelance Graphic Designer locationShrewsbury, Shropshire

Freelance Graphic Designer offering bespoke Website Design (Mobile & Tablet responsive), Logo Design and Print Design services at competitive prices with over 20 years experience, based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Website Design:
- Responsive Design (Mobile & Tablet compatible)
- Bespoke Design (No templates)
- SEO / CMS
- Free Hosting (first year)
- Free Domains
- Free Email
- E-Commerce
- Blogs

Logo Design:
- Bespoke Designs
- 100% satisfaction
- Full industry formats
- Ownership rights
- Direct contact with designer
- Fast turnaround time

Print Design:
- Adverts
- Banners
- Branding
- Brochures
- Business Cards
- Exhibitions
- Flyers
- Invitations
- Leaflets
- Letterheads
- Packaging
- Signs
- T-shirts
- Vehicles

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Company Location

10 Romsley Dr, Shrewsbury SY2 6TG, UK

Clive Jones Freelance Graphic Designer Q&A

Company Q&A

What makes a great website?

Your website is your first digital impression and you want to make sure it’s a great one. It should reflect everything you want potential customers to know and remember about your business.
The key point of websites are:
1. Responsive Design - Since the Google update known as “Mobilegeddon” back in April of 2015, everyone has been looking to upgrade their websites so that they are easily viewable and usable regardless of the device it is being viewed on (mobile, tablet, desktop).
2. Minimal - Many businesses are taking web design back to the basics with minimalistic designs and layouts. Websites are featuring fewer pages, with simpler designs and more blank space.
3. User Friendly - Usability has always been of key importance in a successful website. Websites with an intuitive design, and with images and aspects that are pleasing to the eye are going to attract more customers than those without these features.
A simple, intuitive, and functional navigation is another important feature to focus on for 2016. If customers can’t easily make their way around your site, they aren’t likely to stay long.
The speed at which your pages load also have a strong impact on users in the coming year. Quickly loading pages and simple ways to get to specific information will be critical in setting your website apart from the competition.

What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?

Being a designer I like to know as much as possible about a new client, this helps get a clear picture for me and help you achieve your goals.
There are 5 main areas to ask questions to get a clearer picture of a client / company:
1. About the client / company
2. Target audience
3. Branding
4. Design preferences
5. Project’s scale, timeframe and budget
Typical questions to ask about the above areas in more detail:
1. About the client / company
- What is the name of your company?
- Can you describe what your company does?
- What services or products do your company produce?
- How long have you been in business?
- Why was this company started?
- How big is the company?
- Are you a local, national or international company?
- Who is your competition?
- How are you different from your competition?
- How are your competitors marketing themselves?
- What are the long-term goals of your company?
- Can you describe your company’s strengths?
- Can you describe your company’s weaknesses?
2. Target audience
- Can you identify and describe your target audience? (Age, gender, social class, location)
- Are you focusing just on this market or are you trying to hit other markets as well?
- How do you think your target audience describes your company?
- How does your target audience currently discover your company?
- How do you connect with your target audience?
3. Branding
- Does your company use a specific colour palette?
- Are there any design elements associated with your company? (fonts, icons, images, etc.)
- Does your company have a mission statement?
- What current and past marketing material have you used?
- What did you like or dislike about your past marketing material?
- Why are you looking for something new?
- Do you have a company slogan?
- What feedback have you received on your past marketing material?
- Do you consider your brand material to be more traditional or modern?
- Is your brand associated with high end or cost-effective products and services?
- What would you like your target audience to think of when they see your marketing material?
4. Design preferences
- What colour palettes do you prefer?
- Will this project be used in print, on the web, etc.
- Is there anything from your past marketing material that you would like incorporated into the new project?
- Are there any restrictions or limitations to consider when designing this project?
- Are there any new design elements you would like to try in this project?
- Are there any design styles you do not like?
5. Project’s scale, timeframe and budget
- Do you have a budget for this project?
- How many different concepts would you like to see?
- What material will you be providing me for this project?
- Are there any deadlines associated with this design project? (Are these preferable or firm deadlines?)
- Who will be my primary contact on this project?
- Who is involved in the approval process?
- Are there any third parties involved in this design project?
- Who will be dealing with involved third parties?
- What services are you expecting from me?
- What do you expect from me regarding this design project?
What material do you require from me at the completion of this design project?
Is there anything else you would like to discuss that we haven’t already covered?

Describe your creative process.

As described above the initial steps are getting to know the client and a clear picture of what they want. From there planning can begin, sketching logo ideas, wireframes for websites etc, leading on to first digital proofs (usually PDF's) which will then be shown to clients to get first feedback. I like to keep in touch with a client at all stages through a project with emails, meetings, video calls etc. Any amendments can be made and designs discussed, involving the client throughout. When designs are finalised work can be signed off, any print work can be ordered and websites launched, for website designs I can provide a temporary URL through the design process for clients to check before launching on the official site.

What information do you need from a client before you can start work?

Please read the above question 'What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?'
A lot of these relate to this question, these are a full list I don't need to know all of these, I can start design work from a relatively small brief.
The main areas are:
1. About the client / company
2. Target audience
3. Branding
4. Design preferences
5. Project’s scale, timeframe and budget

What do you love most about your job?

I have an interest in all things design, From publishers, design agencies, football clubs to local authorities I have gained over 20 years experience in graphic design, website design, digital and print design, with a wide technical knowledge of all current design platforms

with over 20 years experience in the industry, working for a have a very keen eye for detail, fast turnaround times and can work to all budgets and timescales.
Working with a client to achieve

What inspired you to start your own business?

I have worked for over 20 years in the design business for various companies and always wanted to have a crack working for myself. It is hard work but very rewarding helping clients with design.

Why should our clients choose you?

From publishers, design agencies, football clubs to local authorities I have gained over 20 years experience in graphic design, website design, digital and print design, with a wide technical knowledge of all current design platforms
I have a very keen eye for detail, easy to work with, can provide fast turnaround times and can work to all budgets and timescales, and enjoy working with clients to help them achieve their goals.

Services provided by Clive Jones Freelance Graphic Designer

Services

Website Design

- Responsive Design (Mobile & Tablet compatible) - Bespoke Design (No templates) - SEO / CMS - Free Hosting - Free Domains - Free Email - E-Commerce - Blogs

Logo Design

- Bespoke Designs - 100% satisfaction - Full industry formats - Ownership rights - Direct contact with designer - Fast turnaround time

Print Design

- Adverts - Banners - Branding - Brochures - Business Cards - Exhibitions - Flyers - Invitations - Leaflets - Letterheads - Packaging - Signs - T-shirts - Vehicles

Work history from Clive Jones Freelance Graphic Designer

Work History

Freelance Graphic Designer

Clive Jones Freelance Graphic Design

From 2015 to present.

Graphic Design, Mobile compatible websites, logos and print material for a wide range of clients.

Graphic Designer

HallJones Creative

From 2013 to 2015.

Various local and national clients creating websites, branding and print material.

Graphic Designer

Shropshire Council

From 2002 to 2012.

Wide range of clients and in-house branding for Shropshire Council. All aspects covered - forms, leaflets, brochures magazines, banners, websites and digital work. Close client/printer liaison. Maintenance of mac hardware/software.

Graphic Designer

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

From 2000 to 2002.

In-house design of the matchday programme, leaflets, brochures, catalogues, website. Weekly deadlines common speed and accuracy vital also client/printer liaison. Winning Best Programme Design Award in 2001.

Graphic Designer

Partridge McLoughlin & Associates

From 1997 to 2000.

Design agency working mainly on newspaper adverts, brochures, websites and branding for major tyre companys. Maintaining and updating all hardware/software, Client and printer liaison.

Graphic Designer / Artworker

Graphics & Print Ltd

From 1997 to 1997.

Printers working on various design projects, preparing jobs for final output stage to imagesetters. Client liaison and meeting deadlines.

Graphic Designer

Salmon Widman & Associates

From 1994 to 1997.

Design agency for various projects - brochures, leaflets, books, magazines, technical drawings, maps. Client and printer liaison.

Graphic Designer

Impact Magazines

From 1992 to 1994.

Magazine design for video games. Monthly magazine working with editors and writers to a tight deadline, designing pages for video game reviews, guides, maps and adverts.

Graphic / Sign Design

Sign & Poster Specialists

From 1990 to 1992.

Sign and logo design, output and application. Maintaining equipment (plotter/cutter).

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