Can I get an opinion on what design looks the best? 3 was the final design they went with but I still think it wasnít that cool. I was able to do a few changes that I thought would better the site. One thing I learned is to never show something as a comp that you dislike.
If you ever do design work for a company that is backed by a Fortune 500 company you will know that if it take 12 comps to make a company happy so your get your 50k then you do it. This site it took me three months to get paid. A lot of big companies donít do the 50% down and 50% upon completion. My regular design contract had to be revised 4 times before I could get their lawyers to sign.
Originally posted by Tranz please dont tell me that you did like 12 different designs for them?
I only do 3 with revisions on the one the like out of those 3.
Originally posted by oblivion77 This site it took me three months to get paid. A lot of big companies donít do the 50% down and 50% upon completion. My regular design contract had to be revised 4 times before I could get their lawyers to sign.
This is just my opinion but any company that isn't willing to put money down up front isn't worth working with. Granted the 50/50 is a little much especially if it's a big project, but 1/3 up front, 1/3 half way, and 1/3 upon completion is well within reason. I won't begin even working up concepts until they have signed a contract and have paid some down. Who knows if they will just take the ideas and have one of their in house people work it up. You'll be out the money in no time flat. If these are truely forture 500 companies, I'm sure they get paid quite a bit for even consulting, so an advance for the work is not anything a client should disagree with. Again, just my opinion.
in some cases you are correct. I just do a great deal of discovery in the initail stages. I go in and interview everybody that is involved with the site in one way or another so I try to pinpoint exactly what they are looking for.
Larger projects in the $30k to $100k range would be worked out on a basic retainer up front and then payments made on milestones. Those type of projects usaly take many months to complete and are very complex on the backend.
Contracts, I love them mine is 14 pages long when I need one for a big job or company. I even carry insurance out on myself incase something happens and I cant complete the project.
With little guys I will do 3 comps, but I nor them have the time for me to keep doing 15 just so they will go back to the first one anyways. (Dont you guys hate that!)