How much graphic design experience do you have and where has your work been displayed?
Collectively we have over 20 years experience in illustration, graphic design, photography, printing/printmaking, etc. We've done it all, everything from handbill flyers to promote a business or concert, to music posters, bus ads, billboards, business cards, stationary goods, ASI promotional items, product design, internet advertising, t-shirts, etc. the list goes on and on.
What would you say your specific are of expertise is?
Mainly, I'd say print for textiles. While our experience runs the gamut, everything from layout design for magazines, newspapers, and billboards and t-shirts, the majority of the work, say 85%, has been custom sportswear design: graphic design for screen printing.
What are the services you offer to screen printers?
The easiest way to put it is that we act as a off-site art department. Clients forward their customers order information over to us, we process the info (garment color, smallest size, number of ink colors wanted, supplied content vs desired content, etc) , and create a layout. Once approved, the design is color separated into film positive plates, registration marks are added, and the file is sent back to the customer. All they have to do is print the films and burn the screens.
How much do you charge and hour and how long does it take for you to do a standard order?
We charge $20 per hour and we've had orders that took less than 5 minutes to complete and designs that took hours. There's no such thing as a standard order, but the majority of the time orders, from conception to completion, take about an hours worth of art time.
Do you have a set minimum time requirement for art orders?
Technically, we charge a bare minimum half hour for each art order. The problem with that is that sometimes for those not-so-rare files that take less than 5 minutes to do, we'll simply comp the job. We struggle with the ethics of charging a half hour+ for something that took a half minute to do, like open a file or add a centerline to a perfectly good vector file that the customer may not know how to work with as it was provided to them. We also comp certain orders to which progressive causes we support, from time to time.
Who are some of the clients you've worked with in the past?
We're based in Philadelphia but we've had clients from all over the country. We've had a handful of clients both big and small, local and national:
Pennsylvania University, Drexel University, Temple University, Affliction, Tapout, Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Max, U.S. National Parks Service, Kaules Screen Works, JP Tees, Graphic Garage, LPB Graphics, ON Our Network, Philly Screen, BQ Sports, Statement Originals, Scooters DiCorsa, Empire Premium Imprints, Rooney Family SP & Emb., QNV Printing, 1890 Tees, T House Printing, Image Maker, NYC Tees, Earthship Philadelphia, G&M Printwear, NOS Scooters, American Marketing, Bobs Shirt Box, All American on Cottman, Answer Printing, All American Graphics, AMC Mgmt, Go Gett, Blue Ribbon, J & S Promos, Kelly's Sports, Key Imprint, Keystone, Ocean Promo, Olympic, Sports Junction, Team Sports Zone, Triple D Screen Printing, Sun City Scooters, Xtra Innings, Hi Tech Silk Screen, Young & Sons, Graphix One, White Corp, Ultimate Apparel, McDonald Uniform, Angelucci Tees, Idea Weaver, Graph Fx, Goldman Enterprises, Beautiful Balloons, A. Smith & Son, & Hundreds More…
How long is the average turnaround for print orders?
For standard clothing design, 24 hours. For more complex graphic design, the process is a little more complex but the more you put in the more you'll get out. When a client gives further detail, it removes some of the leg work required and permits us to collaborate easier. Through healthy collaboration we can better identify a clients needs and turn an order around in less than a weeks time for any given project
How long does it take you to build a website, from start to finish?
Websites are a little more advanced because there's much to be discussed, specifically because of the amount of additional content needed to be supplied by a customer. Generally speaking though, we strive to get websites visible to the public within a months time. 30 days is what we tell our clients and we've never missed that mark. There are a series of stages that go into a site from an initial meeting a live stream of a new design and we go through the steps quickly, easily, with uDoc working behind the scenes presenting incremental progress as it develops.