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Child of God, wife of my tennis superstar husband, Tim, and mom of Heidi and Zion. A wedding photographer and freelancer photographer who is also a lover of flower fields, adventures, gourmet food, and anything yellow.

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How long would it take to design my project?


The first concepts are sent to you within 2 to 4 business days, depending on our internal revisions of concepts. The overall time it can take to finalize a design depends on the accuracy of the brief, how quick you give feedback and how focused the feedback is. We generally take between 3 and 7 business days to reach final sign off. Giving us a more comprehensive design brief will allow us to complete your project faster. We follow a general branding process. This consists of the following:

  • Design brief - interviewing the client and making sure you get all the information you need.
  • Research - learning more about the industry/niche, as well as the client's history and competition.
  • Reference - checking out design inspiration related to what the client needs, as well as looking at the current design trends.
  • Conceptualization - sketching and developing the logo around the given brief and the research you've made.
  • Reflection - letting the idea mature following a quick design break.
  • Presentation - choosing a couple of design options to show the client, as well as getting feedback and doing some edits until the design is complete.
  • Alterations - depending on your feedback, we will make the needed changes to the concepts to produce the final design.




Do you have any set limit on your design revisions?


Yes, four addition changes can be made to the original design options. The purpose of the revision limit is to add additional focus onto the design process. Having constraints adds to the quality of logo concepts as well as the quality of the design feedback. I do understand that you need options and that logo design is an organic process. I also need to add a limit to the amount of designs to keep the project scope feasible. If you have reached your revision limit then additional sets can be purchased.




Can you update my existing logo?


Yes, I can take your current logo and update the colors, style and typography to freshen it up, based on your personal taste and brand positioning. I’ll give you an upgrade quotation based on the complexity of the new version that you are looking for.




I have a concept drawn for a logo. Do I get a discount?


Unfortunately not, our logo design process would still be the same. Your illustration would just allow me to have a more relevant initial batch of logo design concepts.




If I enlarge my file the quality drops (pixelates). Can you trace it to create a high resolution logo?


Yes, I offer a recreation service. The end product of the service would be a high resolution vector version of your current file. You can then send it to signage companies or anyone that needs to manufacture large scale printing. A quotation for the recreation would be based on the complexity of the original design. Your printer company can contact me if they have a technical requirement.




What files will you include in the final export?


You’ll receive the original source files, a print-ready PDF in vector format for large scale printing, JPG files for general use and a PNG file with a transparent background. You can request other formats and we can see if we can export them for you. Generally you’ll only need the ones that we export by default.




How do I know if I need a new logo design?


It is a good idea to have a proper logo designed if:

  • You have no logo. A logo is an important visual pointer to what you offer.
  • You made your logo yourself through an online logo making website. These logos are not unique and sold to multiple companies across the world. Copyright infringement and the lack of trademarking could have a significant impact on your marketing campaigns. Going cheap is almost guaranteed to work out expensive later. Give your company its own look, its own voice.
  • Your logo has been created in MS Word, Powerpoint, MS Paint for your company when it was starting off. The logo would likely be low resolution and not usable for large size printing. You need a vector version of your logo with proper color management.
  • Your logo does not properly depict what you do or it may give a wrong impression of what you are doing. Do not pigeon hole yourself or be vague.
  • You had your logo for a long time and you need a fresh design. You can keep the current character of your logo, but add a bit of fresh flair into it.




How do I place an order?


For us to proceed with your order, please follow these steps:

  • Create an account and fill in all of your details so that we can contact you.
  • Upload your artwork (if you have your own print ready files) at the File Share page for us to process the printing order. This can be done before or after placing your order at checkout.
  • Select the product you would like to have printed from the Shop menu and procceed to checkout.
  • Ensure that you have checked all of the details of the selected product carefully before checkout.
  • If you require designs for your products, please indicate so in the Add Note box with checkout - we will contact you to discuss your ideas and give you a quote on the designs.
  • A pricelist of design services is available for download at the bottom of the website.
  • All products are set for Collection for Pretoria, as a standard, but delivery can be arranged on request. Please indicate this in the Add Note box with checkout - we will send you a quotation for a courier service.
  • We will not ask you for any sensitive information (credit cards, password or banking info) as all payments are done off site, at your own discretion via EFT or cash arrangements. All other personal information collected on this site will stay private and will never be shared.
  • Once you have done the above, we will send you the invoice via email. If you did not receive it within 1 hour, please contact us urgently at 072 649 5756 or email to info@codesignstudio.co.za. You can also pop us a message in the chat box at the bottom right for a quick response to any queries you may have.
  • Please email or Whatsapp the Proof of Payment of 50% deposit.
  • Full balance required before printed product is delivered or final design files are sent.
  • We will keep you updated on the progress of your order throughout the process and we are available for any questions, 24/7.




How does delivery & collection of my order work?


All orders as set for collection from Pretoria East, unless you specify otherwise.

If you inform us that you would like your order delivered to you, we will provide you with a courier quote. Products will be delivered to the address received on your profile. Delivery takes between 7-10 working days from the date of your order placed.
Your product will only be shipped or available for collection once full payment has been received for the order.




What are the applications for graphic design?


If you look around, at this very moment while you are reading this, you’ll see several applications of graphic designing. The web page on which you are reading this question, the coffee mug on your table, the pack of cookies you just opened, all of it is the work of creative design. Every day, we see endless examples of design applications around us. Speaking of business applications, here are some basic areas where graphic design is used the most:

  • Logo design
  • Corporate identity
  • Branding
  • Digital marketing
  • Web & Interactive design
  • Outdoor & Signage
  • Package design
  • Printed design
  • Editorial/Composition design
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • Album Design
  • Electronic Media designs
  • Clothing branding designs
  • Greeting cards




Why do I need professional design services?


Why do you go to a fancy restaurant when you can cook at home? Because you want the best services provided by professionals. Plus, with us, the professional service is super affordable! Clearly, there is a difference between drawing some images on a sheet and creating professional design for business. As a graphic designer, one doesn’t simply create artwork but makes use of several important elements of designing which they have studied for long. As professional visual communicators, designers help you with your goals by leveraging the design elements and use concepts such as color, typography, space, balance, form and, lines to create their visual message. Graphic designers are also able to understand the more technical aspects of the design required to create digital assets for a company. Now, not every small business needs to stand out. If you’re a locksmith in a small community, for example, it may be enough to just show up in internet searches and be in the phone book. But if you’re in a market with a dozen other locksmiths, you want to stand out. You don’t do that with a clip art logo or canned flier that looks the same as 10 of those 12 competitors. Using marketing materials that are unique and stand out are a way for people to remember you. And if they think they’ve seen you before, they are more likely to choose to contact you for your products or services. All your marketing materials and your 'brand' as a whole should be the best they can be for your business, or you’ll have some hesitation in presenting them to new customers. Get a professional designer to help you take more pride in your business and marketing materials.




What services would you recommend for a Start-Up Company?


Do you have a great idea for a product or service? These are a few things we would recommend to any start-up business to get off the ground: Numerous articles expound on what things you need before seeking angel investors (put together a board of advisors, analyze your market, write a business plan). But you also are going to need some marketing materials that show you are a professional and explain what you do. Yes, you don’t have much to spend on marketing, but a little bit spent the right way will put you in good position to influence potential customers. Here are four things you need to have for your initial marketing: 1. A logo. Start-up companies usually take one of two approaches to getting a logo: One of the principals comes up with something “that will work for now” using Microsoft Paint or Photoshop Elements, a trendy font and some clip art. The problem is – it looks like someone did it in 5 minutes on the computer and doesn’t show a professional approach to your company. The company goes to the “get a logo designed by someone for R50” websites and gets a generic logo that looks like thousands of other companies out there (and may have been stolen from one). Also, by the time you get the logo in the digital formats you need, you’ll probably spend a lot more than the minimum. What’s the right way to get a logo? Hire a professional graphic designer. To minimize the time you spend using the designer’s services (and keep it cost-effective), first put together a page with logos you like the look of. If you have some basic branding ideas, make sure you list them out – but your designer may advise against a particular color scheme or approach based on his or her expertise, so keep an open mind and work together on creating this most important corner stone of your business identity. Use a cheesy, quick logo and you’ll pay for that, both in perception and in getting everything you’ve put that logo on (cards, brochure, clothing, sign, vehicles) reprinted or recreated once you realize that it is badly done. 2. Business cards. These can be simple – the logo and your contact information. They should be printed on good quality card stock, not on the flimsy paper you put in your printer and run off yourself. Having the designer who made your logo put these together shouldn’t cost too much more and can pay off in looking professional. 3. Basic website. This is another thing you can probably put together yourself, but like the logo, you’re probably going to either come up with something that looks like a high school student did it for a class project and/or end up spending more for a web service than you would if you hired a professional local designer to work directly with you and come up with a site that reflects your branding. Your site doesn’t need to be elaborate. At this point, you’re not looking for great search engine optimization – you need a site that can be expanded, that doesn’t do anything to get it banned from Google and other search engines, and that looks good for investors. Start with a few pages: Home, About Us, About our Product or Service, Resources, Contact Us. 4. Good photos. It’s true that “a photo is worth a thousand words.” Make sure you have great product or service photos. These can be used on your website, in your printed materials and in presentations. Grainy, dark and low-quality images will not help you present your company in a professional manner. Need help with any of these materials for your start-up? Contact CO Design Studio today for a quote so you can start budgeting for these essential marketing components.





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