Philip Karpiak

Philip Karpiak

Freelancer Design Technologist Joined over 4 years ago via an invitation from Greg B. Philip has invited Beth Richardson

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  • Posted to What questions do you ask potential clients?, in reply to Andrew Michael Todd , Aug 13, 2014

    Yup! I use the question as a qualifier – I don’t take on projects under a certain amount – and as the target I should be creating my solution for.

    As long as the client will pay at least my minimum amount, I’ll be happy to work with them on a solution that fits their budget.

    0 points
  • Posted to What questions do you ask potential clients?, Aug 13, 2014

    These are the questions I always try to get an answer to, but I switch it up between asking some in the initial email and the rest in the initial phone call:

    • Please describe your company and your target customers.
    • What are your goals for this project? What excites you about this project?
    • What does success look like at the end of the project? What does success look like for your company a few years from now?
    • What is your budget?
    • What is your deadline? How soon do you want to start?
    • Are you the owner of this project? Who else will work with us on this project?
    • What don’t you like about the product right now?
    • What parts of your product are generating the most value right now?
    5 points
  • Posted to A common sales letter - the problems with freelancer/dev/design contact emails, in reply to Paul Macgregor , Jul 25, 2014

    To be fair, I’d imagine writing cold-call emails to prospective clients is different from those that have already gave you an email address and shown some interest in reading what you have to say.

    0 points
  • Posted to Terminal for Photoshop, in reply to Wes Oudshoorn , Jul 24, 2014

    I don’t have the software on me but here’s an example from Maya I Googled (I forgot that Maya supports Python in addition to it’s own scripting language)

    0 points
  • Posted to Terminal for Photoshop, Jul 24, 2014

    This is what I miss from 3D software like Maya and AutoCAD: almost anything you can do by pointing and clicking can be done through a console. This paves way for making mundane tasks easier to script as well.

    1 point
  • Posted to Site Design: Dom Jacob Portfolio, Jul 21, 2014

    Good colour palette and use of responsiveness. But have some nitpicks, some of this has been echoed already…

    1. Was confused by the empty space on the right, though my connection was slow or something was loading very very slowly…
    2. Should show description of work with the actual work, not on hover. I shouldn’t have to play mouse gymnastics to remind myself of the context of your work when I’m looking at the examples (when viewing on desktop).
    3. On the same note, longer descriptions of each project would really help explain to leads how you contributed.
    4. Desktop examples need to be much bigger; don’t constrain all your work examples to the size of a phone screen, it undermines the work
    2 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: What websites do you visit for inspiration?, Jul 15, 2014

    Mostly ArtStation, Huds and Guis and all the stuff I follow on Tumblr (you can see reblogs from those on my Tumblr).

    0 points
  • Posted to Stop trashing clients on DN. Educate instead., in reply to Kristy Tillman , Jul 13, 2014

    A quote from the book.

    It’s your job as a designer, and as a communication professional, to find the right language to communicate with your client. When you say a client doesn’t “get it” you might as well be saying “I couldn’t figure out how to get my point across. I am a lazy designer. Please take all my clients from me.”

    15 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: Setting up freelance, best resources?, Jul 02, 2014

    If don’t mind digging through blog posts, FreshBook’s, Planscope’s and FreeAgent’s blogs have a good amount of info about conducting business as a freelancer and legalities behind it.

    I’m taking a wild guess and thinking you’re from the UK? There might be some UK-specific articles on FreshBook’s or FreeAgent’s blogs to help you, but I’m not sure of anything specific.

    As for accounting software, I use FreshBooks and it works very well for me as a solo consultant.

    0 points
  • Posted to Backbone - A Responsive Framework, Jun 30, 2014

    I have to wonder what the thought process is for designers that decide to use horrible scrolling plugins like the one on this page.

    1 point
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