Post # 1
I’m desperately in search of a graphic designer to consult on my sister’s wedding invitations. While I have spent years helping friends and family design invitations, now that my sister is insisting that I design her wedding invitations, I am terrified. While I’m confident in my design sense, I do worry about my technical knowledge and more importantly how to ensure that I am making good decisions along the way so that they look good on paper!
I am hoping to find someone with a lot of experience and good design sense to consult with me on her invitation. I want some honest feedback and a little hand holding when it comes to choosing the paper, printing types, a printing company etc.
Please tell me that you know someone who would be PERFECT!
Post # 3
Are you planning on using Adobe Illustrator? Adobe offers a pretty comprehensive classroom-in-a-book that might offer enough of a reference point for you to feel comfortable with your mastery of the program. Then you could just request print samples and quotes from printers in your area and rely on their feedback and information available on the internet to decide on paper, offset vs. digital printing vs. other fancier options, etc.
My alternative suggestion would be to check Craigslist for freelancers in your area. You will probably have to contact them for pricing since this sounds like consulting work rather than actual design work, but the plus side of that is, it’s likely to be cheap because it won’t entail an overly large time investment from them.
Post # 4
Are you looking for a designer or a consultant? Because a designer would most likely want to take over the project. Unless you’re looking for someone along the lines of an art director to guide you along with overall concept and critique you on your execution. I do hope you plan to pay this person.
I’m a designer and work for a card company. I’m designing my own invites and save the dates but I don’t know if I have the amount of experience you’re looking for.
Post # 5
I think that the bee as a whole will be able to help you! Post your rough designs and final and ask for feedback. There are lots of designers (myself included) that can answer your questions and give you tips along the way.
I would recommend ordering paper samples from different printers… I give glowing reviews to catprint.com. They offer several types of paper to print on and will provide a proof before your final print. You can also get samples from companies like paperandmore.com for envelopes, backings, etc.
If you have any specific quesions feel free to ask me…