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Old July 5th, 2003, 08:14 PM
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Banner design.

How much would you charge to do a banner similiar to the banner here http://aussie3g.com ?

Im not after someone to do any work, im just trying to work out how much i should charge my customers for similiar jobs.

could you give hourly and/or total job price in AUD.
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Old July 6th, 2003, 04:19 AM
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Sorry, I'm posting in USD not AUD.
I would charge a client between 2-300 to design that header graphic. I have moved away from charging hourly because for the bigger jobs, sometimes it just does not add up... especially when you figure in the time you spend redoing, etc, or sometimes the job doesn't take long at all if you have similar work that you can drop in. As time goes on you collect these things.

Flat rates are the way to go, however, I do understand that this does not work for all business models.
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ok, i charged AUD$175, thas probably too little i guess?

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Graphic design is a tricky thing to charge for, because it's very subjective... eye of the beholder etc... I actually had a discussion about it today with my friend, who's been in the design game for many years. Here's what I learned:
Although he charges an hourly rate, some pieces of work may have a larger or smaller value after completion, depending on several factors, including:
- where the design will be used
- the client
- the size of the client (read: their bank account)
- future work prospects
- your feeling about the design

The last one is tricky. The reason I was having the discussion was because I had recently completed a redesign of a site, and thought that is was some of my best work, and that the client would be very impressed with the piece. Problem was, it all came together in about 2 hours, which was totally unexpected. Because I was proud of the work, and thought the client would also love it, I wanted to charge a lot more for the design. My friend felt it was justified.

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Thanks very much that has given me a much better idea of how i should charge my clients, i think i charged accordingly with my banner design.

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Ultimately it depends on you. How long will it take you to create?
This estimate includes the creative process as well. You have to figure out a scheme, then make it eye-pleasing. You will no doubt have several revisions, then you will narrow it down and make a final representation from there... This process could be no less than 18 - 20 hours... maybe less if you are REALLY creative and good with your design tool of choice. Obviously the more experience you have the less time it will take, but that doesn't mean you have to charge less money.

This is another example of why I tend to lean towards flat fees.

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