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How should I go about hiring a graphic designer?

Asked by ben (8563points) November 9th, 2006
I'm in a small startup and I'm looking for a brilliant designer for web and UI. There's such a massive glut of people on Craigslist I don't really know how to begin looking, and I don't have time for an all out search. And my social network is not that huge. What's the best way to hire a talented designer, either full-time or freelance?
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lauradward's avatar
My roommate is a product designer and has done a bunch of graphic design for companies. If you give me the nature of the project I could see if he could design something for you and if so what the pricing would be.
fuze's avatar
I'm a designer. Specialize in web. I'd love to talk to you, see how I might be able to help.
lilqhgal's avatar
I would suggest that you do a search that encompases both the word "design" and one or two keywords that your company specializes in. For instance, I have horses, so I would say "equine design" and hopefully I could find someone who's worked in my field before. There are also pleanty of designers looking for work on CreativeHotlist.com and you can find designers hanging around any CSS website (do a search for CSS design and you'll find a lot of folks). Also, you can post a classified ad over at GraphicDesignForum.com ... Good luck! Make sure you do a good check of their portfolio and their style matches what you'd like, and please don't expect to get designs for free up front for you to "pick from".
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Petrovisk's avatar

You’re spoilt for choice with web design and similar services. Freelance work in these areas is getting ever-more popular due to the rise of platforms like Freelancer and People Per Hour, both of which I recommend you look at. It’s getting more commonplace to treat the hiring process like a face-to-face process, with an interview and breakdown of costs before work begins. Some people ask for a small project to be completed (and paid for) first, to gauge how suited a freelancer is to a more involved project. Many freelancers collect references and testimonials from past clients.

Alternatively, you could use a recruitment agency to find someone for you.

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