6 Things to Know When Working with a Graphic Designer

You’ve probably faced this scenario before: you have a great idea for a visual project or piece of collateral, but no graphic designer on staff. You’re stuck. Sure, there are options, but venturing into the world of outside vendors and graphic design firms can be daunting and confusing. Luckily, we have a solution.

Aloha Print Group is proud to announce we now offer a graphic design service to get your projects designed and printed easily and efficiently.

If you’ve never worked with a graphic designer before, or just want to help the process be as seamless as possible, you may have some questions about what to expect. Below is our list of six things to know to help make the design to print process go as smoothly as possible.

1. Time to Design

Understand that great design takes time. We recommend carving out at least one to two weeks for us to complete your project. This gives us enough time to create a thoughtful design and work with you on revisions, ensuring the final project is completed to your liking.

To help keep the timeframe as short as possible, be sure to be prompt with responses to questions the design team might have and make sure the copy has been finalized and edited before sending it our way.

2. Your Vision

Whether your design project is to create books, business cards, or marketing materials, one way to keep costs down is by having a firm idea of how you’d like your finished product to look. Basically, if you know what you want it to look like, your designer will be able to more swiftly complete your project.

Keep in mind that Aloha is happy to provide consulting services throughout the design to print process. We’ll help you make decisions about your design, like which font or colors are best for your project. Simply bring in some examples of pieces that you like and we’ll do the rest.

3. Size

How large or small would you like your design to be? Aloha is able to design any size you have in mind. However, when designing to print with Aloha, machine capabilities allow us to print projects up to 13”x19” in size without bleed (color that does not go to the edge) for a smaller format project and up to 60” for a larger format project on posters and boards.

4. Branding

Your company may have specific branding guidelines we need to follow, so be sure to provide us with a brand manual and logos before we begin the design to print process.

 5. Images

If you have images ready that you’d like for us to include in your design, please share them with us at the beginning of the project. These could be purchased stock photos, images you already own, or even a photo that you took yourself. Please note that we do not print any copyrighted images.

When working with images, whether they are digital or print, the resolution will determine the detail and quality of the image. A high-resolution image will prevent your document from appearing pixelated or blurry.

Please avoid sending any PowerPoint files, as these do not convert to print ready files.

6. Proofing

You will receive a digital proof from Aloha as we go through the design to print process. Whether we are designing it for print or for use elsewhere, we want to make sure we are accurately representing your vision.

Meet our Designer, Kyle Paape

Kylepaape

Kyle has enjoyed art from an early age (he always drew inclass) and has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design fromThe American Academy of Art.

One of Kyle's favorite design jobs was creating the Embassy Suites Holiday Card (seen below) as it allowed him to take the client's idea and apply his own solution to what they requested.

Embassycard

Kyle enjoys getting to spend extra time on a project, and will stand behind everything that comes across his desk. He can’t wait to work with you. 

Have a graphic design project that Aloha Print Group can help with? Give us a call at (312) 542-1300 or email us at orders@alohaprintgroup.com.

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