When you have a project that requires an experienced designer or illustrator, where do you look to find an artist who has the talent you need?
I've been freelancing for more than 30 years and I want to find out where I should be looking for new opportunities. Since everything has migrated to the web I'd like to know which sites you look at first when you need a designer.
I would highly suggest signing up with your chapter of AIGA. You'll find everything from job opportunities to articles about design ethics and lifestyle. Behance is also a good place, as it serves as an online portfolio within a big creative community. They also have a job posts page from which you can apply. While there are other online sources such as Thumbtack that allow you to bid on projects accordingly, I try to mix up my marketing strategies with digital and print means, as most of my clients happen to be small business.
Hope this makes sense! Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
The hardest thing when starting my company was consistantly finding work. What has made ALL the difference in the world is tethering my company to the correct influences. Now, you could consider this getting referrals but what I am talking about is a mutually beneficial relationship with another company.
The one partnership I created was with a local Vehicle Wrap company who graphically wraps vehicles with advertising. By pairing with them, my partner can now offer websites, mobile websites (which are imperative when putting the website URL in bold on almost every vehicle wrap job) and a few other products that can benefit my partner, his customers, and myself.
For graphic design, my advice would be to attach yourself at the hip to every website developer, SEO, internet marketer, and any other web profession you can find. Odds are, they are going to have a client that mentions the need for a new logo, or flyer, or business cards. That particular company can now help their client in that area, outsource it to you, and make a little margin on top. Win-Win-Win scenario.
I mostly go by reference, but my network of people is broad so it is easy to come by different profiles. So Im not of much help here.
Facebook has become a big source of information, specially joining specific job related groups, posting to the groups makes you noticeable, and it can get you jobs (I myself got several jobs just because I gave some advice in the group and was immediately contacted by people who needed my help privately. Also lots of times they post job listings onto such groups.
Best bet is to be very specific and detailed with your search. Then Google it as you will probably get some of the best. The second step is to check into your associations and ask who they mght recommend that has the skillsets that you desire. Lastly, the wholesale and retail supply houses are good sources. If this is for you specifically, then you need to become a known presence within the avenues that I have described. You may have to consider more than one association that is specific to your niche.
No offence Steven, I don't mean this the way it will sound, but if you've been in business for 30 years and you're not getting hundreds of referrals, you're doing something seriously wrong.
I would suggest first perfecting your art. If you do this now then one lead you get tomorrow can lead to multiple leads down the line. it's self sustaining in many ways.
Now to directly answer your question, I'm afraid it probably won't help you, but when I'm looking for a new designer, my first stop is with graduates at the local uni
Deviant Art is full of amazing artists. Most aren't professional, but that says nothing about their talent. I look here for new original talent if I ever need any.
There are a few creative job seeking communities, Coroflot.com, Behance.com, Entertainment Workers...AIGA, to name a few. I've gotten clients by seeing my work on Twitter, FaceBook and Linkdin. Be sure to make yourself a professional FaceBook page and use your Twitter account to post work. This at least broadcasts your work to wide variety of people. I also update my website and FaceBook account with any new work I do, illustrations and designs, even photographs. But I keep these accounts for design purposes only. I do not post personal things on them. I have a separate FaceBook page for that. Hope this helps, this is how I get myself out there!!
I think you have probably mastered the art over 30 years. We are a software company and I have a few designers who could do a good job for you.
If you can send me the requirements, will definitely take a look to see if we can help you out.
I would try to find who are the existing designers of the similar project that I am going to handle.
People generally try to recruit the professionals from the similar industries due to comparative advantage.
This is a good thing to tap into your network for. Ask people you have worked with if they can recommend someone. If that doesn't work, you can look at a few online resources like workingnotworking.com, behance.net, coroflot.com and many other sites that cater to creatives and matching them with people who need creatives. There are sites like elance.com, freelancer.com, guru.com and others that have designers bid on your posting, but I find the quality there is hit or miss.
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Hello Steven ,
if you are freelancing for 30 years , you must be knowing that finding a freelancer for every job is a pain . So i would recommend you to hire a company to do the job . A company in the third world which fulfills your requirement and delivers it on time .
I know some companies , if you require any help , i'll be glad to help you .
Behance.com, Dribble, are good ones. It also depends on what skills you require and when you need them by. Theres also recruiting companies such as The Creative Group, or Creative Circle who do the work for you. I work with them alot on a freelance basis.
I suggest optimizing your website for certain keywords in your field that you are really good at. Google ad words could be another way to advertise your services.
Best of luck!