Hi from Aberdeen!
Congrats on the interview Martin
Last August, after computer overload, I got RSI in my right hand and arm. I did go to the doctor and was put on sick leave from work and told to have 3 whole weeks without using a computer (or using my left hand if I absolutely had to check email etc).
By the end of the 3 weeks the pain had just about stopped and when I got back to work I got a new ergonomic keyboard and mouse, and a second mouse so that I could swap over to use my left hand. I now use my right hand for design tasks and use the mouse in the left hand for internet and admin stuff.
I would say that it has helped – although the ergonomic keyboard took some getting used to as the split keyboard messed with my typing! The biggest difference though, is that I’m stricter about taking breaks and resting my right arm, as it does still get a bit sore after long sessions on the computer.
I’m a freelance graphic designer and I’d be interested in working with you. Please get in touch through my profile or email me at fiona [@] fionarobertsongraphics.co.uk, if you’d like to work together.
Not as often as I used to!
I used to check it a lot, but lately I’ve been trying to be more disciplined in browsing the web, including checking out the new files here, in the hope of getting more work done
So most days I only check once or twice.
Great idea kaixer! I’m in, just tweeted one item and will tweet the other later this afternoon.
At first, just like a lot people posted, I was against the idea and agreed with most, if not all, of the arguments against adding the new category.
But having seen and liked some of the newer submissions and actually giving more thought thought to the issue, I’ve changed my mind. As a logo designer, I don’t agree that this is going to lose me business. Let’s face it, if someone only has $29 to spend on a logo, they can’t afford my prices for a custom logo anyway. So the people who would be buying logos from here, or any other stock logo site are not the clients I’d be targeting my skills at.
Given the amount of work which needs to go into designing a custom logo, I can’t see how anyone could provide that service for as little as $29 so I don’t see how Envato could be taking clients away from professional logo designers.
I do agree with concerns about selling the logos multiple times though – it would be nice to at least have the option for a one-time sell for those savvy customers who are wary of buying a logo that countless others may also buy and use.
Did you have a contract with your client? It should make it clear what file type/s the client is entitled to, whether print-ready only or source files as well.
If they want the source files, you could add on a charge for it, so you don’t lose out entirely. I’ve been in that situation, where clients have asked for the source files so I asked for an extra payment – no one has yet refused.
You could try just explaining to your client that the original fee was only for the print-ready file; if they really make a fuss, decide if it’s worth the hassle of negotiating with them. If it’s not worth the hassle then give them the file and put that one down to experience, and next time make sure your contract gets you a fair price.
Hope that helps, Fiona