App design in steps

6 years ago from , Digital Designer

Hello world,

So I've seen a nice topic with lots of responses about hourly rates for freelance graphic designers from this wonderful community.

I'm a graphic designer, got by mistake, meaning that if you were asking me two years ago what is a graphic designer, I bet I couldn't say too much. I'm fresh meat, but continuously learning and experimenting, trying to comprehend as much as I can.

Long story short: I work full time as a graphic designer (~ 2 years), but in my process on learning new things I got a client that needs an application, both for Android and iOS, something with social networking and some kind of booking system. The next step would be to make him an offer, meaning that I must put on paper the steps for designing the app from some provided sketches to the real design.

I want to correctly appreciate my work so in the ending to be paid fair. What is your process when you have a new client? What are the steps that you take when you're on the start line of a new project?



  • Helen . Helen . , 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    There's no solid "1-way" to do things and it differs to everyone. There are designers who prefer to work per hourly rate, or others who quote a set amount for the overall project.

    For myself, this is the order of my process whenever I start on a new project:

    1. Sit down and understand the client's project inside out.

    2. Determine a timeline for the project, the expected deliverables, the budget and method of payment. ( I usually quote clients a set amount and require $x/hour of revision to a certain degree) and ask for a 50% deposit before starting on any work.

    3. Provide Sketches,wireframes,concepts to the client.

    4. Receive Feedback, get a concept approved and signed off on, then proceed to designing and executing concepts out on Photoshop,etc.

    General rule of thumb is, never undersell your design services because you're afraid of losing clients. Setting yourself as a "cheaper" designer in terms of hourly rate may get you a client but you may end up finding yourself stressed out and in the end, losing passion in the current project because you are not getting paid what you are supposed to.

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    • Remus Baltariu, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

      Thank you for your detailed answer, @Helen. Is so strange to me to set a price with a client (calculated by type of work, duration, etc), to agree on it for x,xxx$. I think there is a first time for everything. Hope all goes well. Than you again!

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