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joiaco says

Someone wants to use one of my fonts for their logo brand name, registering it as a Trademark for their retail products. Under the same logo will come other products too. Since there is no extended licence for a font, what is a reasonable charge for me to design the word for them as a logo, using my font, tweaking it a bit to their specs? I have no idea. Their vague suggestion is that it could be done ‘free’ as part of the rest of the job which was a bespoke pattern for which i charged $60. I’d really appreciate advice here.

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brandtz says

Why would you do something for free? You are in my eyes a unique artist and designer who has earned his position through hard work.

In the world where I live, you have to pay for such services.

You have to have at least your normal hourly rate.

Sincerely,

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SeraphimChris says

Why would you do something for free? You are in my eyes a unique artist and designer who has earned his position through hard work.

In the world where I live, you have to pay for such services.

You have to have at least your normal hourly rate.

Sincerely,

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SteveVanDijk says

Maybe pick a x percentage of $60 for each logo you’ll create?

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chrisatlemon says

I always charge for individualised and bespoke services exactly the amount of time I have to invest.

Unless I see a business opportunity, I want to do a favour, or I think I “owe him one”. That is of course completely up to you to decide. In fact I quite often provide services at lower prices because they are long-standing clients, I think they may become long-standing clients or because I’m happy to help out.

But at the end of the day when you sum up your services to them over a year or two, the time invested has to sum up against the money you made.

Sometimes you have to follow your gut, and sometimes you will be wrong :)

So what do you think: will this be a client you will work with for a long time and it’s worth handing out a favour for? Or is this a one-time request for a valuable service?

Cheers

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joiaco says

Thanks for the all round advice (and for the compliments brandtz). Definitely this is a one-time request, very likely a one-time product despite the glowing visions into the future, and on an all time tiny budget! I quoted the GR logo standard of $29 dollars but they have decided to just type the word in Myriad Pro or something!! Pfffft!!

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chrisatlemon says

LMAO ! :) Everybody gets the design they deserve … :)

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Giallo says

Another GREAT reason for removing the extended licenses… :|

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OverflowDesignGroup says

Charge them what any other designer would charge for logos…don’t cut yourself short! As far them using your font in the logo, that’s great for you as a designer. Isn’t that what you want as a font designer? Someone buying your font and using it publicly?

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joiaco says

Charge them what any other designer would charge for logos…don’t cut yourself short! As far them using your font in the logo, that’s great for you as a designer. Isn’t that what you want as a font designer? Someone buying your font and using it publicly?

+! Unfortunately the $4 was outside THIS customer’s budget :) Oh well, sometimes we end up doing a bit of semi-charity work. If i want a sample of the product (umbrella) i have to buy it.

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