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The decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, and to save you time, we have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If there’s anything else you would like to know (click questions to view answers), or for additional explanation, please, do get in touch.
As for the logo, it’s (again) a combination of a couple of different things. The first and probably the most obvious is the overall shape of a lower case “b”. A friend once told Ryan that he must be dripping with creativity and that always made him laugh. So he used a drop to create the upper part of the mark. The lower part symbolizes the process of taking his clients all the way around from point A to point B making sure nothing is overlooked in every project.
Hopefully you enjoy our name and logo and appreciate all the thought that went into it.
Typically we charge projects on a per-project basis. We have experience doing many types of jobs… from print to interactive to signage, even clothing and vehicle signage projects. We base our fees off of the time we have tracked on past projects, therefore our estimates are really pretty accurate based on the scope of work presented to us. If the scope of the project changes, the client will be informed in advance of all additional fees or costs.
There is also the option to have us work on retainer. If you have a steady need for communications work from month to month, and require a long-term partner, this might be a good option for you. We will collectively determine a set number of hours that will fill your needs each month, and we will be available to guarantee your needs are met.
If you would like an approximate quote for our services you may visit our Project Planner page.
However, rather than talk cost, think of design as an investment. Afterall, that is what it is. It’s an investment that when combined with a great product or service will pay off year upon year for the entire life of a business. To give a rough idea, many of our clients invest between $4,000 and $15,000 in brand identity or website design. Ultimately, the figure varies depending on the specific needs of each client. If you understand how profitable good design can be, we’d love to talk.
If all you want is cheap clip art and some type, with all do respect, please go elsewhere. Really. If you want to go the extra mile and create an identity that’s unique, contact us.
“A commodity is anything for which there is demand, but which is supplied without qualitative differentiation across a market. In other words, copper is copper. Rice is rice. Stereos, on the other hand, have many levels of quality. And, the better a stereo is, the more it will cost.”
Just as a client chooses the designer, the designer also chooses the client. It’s up to the designer to work with those who value the service provided.
Bottom-line: our goal is to create materials that influence your audience and further your mission, not look pretty in an awards annual. We use our understanding of strategic messaging and communication to do it. Couple that with a strong design sense, and the result is more than a good-looking design. It’s an effective one.
Here’s a brief overview of our design process for your review as well.
We love what we do here and we’re inspired by your move to design your brand identity, create a logo, develop your business stationery, website, etc. and cover all the bases. We can offer printing services in addition to the other services we offer. Together we’ll review your budget and develop a plan that fits. Your experience and expertise gets your business going, ours lets people know about it.
Keep in mind, today’s consumer and business customer EXPECTS you to be online. More and more, savvy buyers are comparison shopping, researching products and services, and making purchase decisions based on information from the internet. It doesn’t matter whether you have a retail store, restaurant, service oriented company or other business model, the internet is rapidly outpacing traditional advertising in dollars spent annually according to the Direct Marketers Association. Your competitor is either already online or will be soon. So don’t you miss out, contact Bluehaus Communications for a web solution today.
Your custom web design is unique to your business. Your website can sell products, outline services, handle customer service, provide product specifications, give instructions, warranty info, service schedules, and so much more. We provide complete turnkey advertising services – we can do the copy, layout and photography for you – in addition to the online advertising. contact Bluehaus Communications for a consultation, we’ll discuss your specific needs and wants, together we’ll explore the possibilities and then customize a package to turn possibilities into realities.
contact us for a consultation and we’ll review your vision and goals, your current site and give you professional recommendations.
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the illusion of a “four colour process” job?
The most important piece of advice is to ask your printer about possible cost savings. They’re the expert. Provide as much information as possible about your future print plans. If your printer knows what print projects are on the horizon they might be able to combo-run the jobs to save you both time and money. By scheduling jobs in advance, your printer will be thankful of the notice. There’s very little a printer dislikes more than a client who needs their job yesterday.
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Alternatively, if it is text, you can email it over in a ‘Word’ or ‘Notepad’ document. We prefer to get the text in a digital format as this saves us time having to manually input the text. We can also write your company text if necessary (this will be reflected in the quote), but where feasible we prefer your own words. Images can be sent by email if they have been ‘zipped’ with WinZip or similar. Alternatively we can use images from a CD.
However if your website needs updating regularly (on a monthly basis or more often) you will need to consider either a Content Management System (CMS) or a maintenance contract. A Content Management System will allow you to update pages and images simply by logging into an online administration area within your website. This will be classed as additional functionality and will be quoted for separately.
Changes such as the reorganisation of the website structure or the creation of extra pages will incur additional costs at any stage.
For project inquries, we ask that you please fill out our Project Planner. This form gives us a good idea of your needs so that we can prepare a detailed proposal for your review.
Typical response time for electronic messages like these are usually by the same or next business day. Response time for phone messages can sometimes take as long as 2-3 business days, as we need time to schedule the call.