How do we get started?
Following an initial consultation upon which you provide some background information on your company and customers, we provide you with a customized estimate of the work involved. A signed letter of agreement is drafted between both parties and a 50% deposit is secured. We then clarify your goals and vision for your business and set out some benchmarks for quality assessment and control. An approximate timeline or schedule is drafted and
away we go.
How much do you charge?
We recognize that no two projects are the same, just as no two clients are the same. Every client is unique and as such, we customize each and every estimate based upon your specific needs. We rough estimates on projects, please contact us for our rates sheet.
How long do you take to design a logo? A brochure? A website?
Logo design = 7-14 business days
Small website = 3 to 4 weeks
Large website = Custom - depends upon design and programming
Graphic design (magazine ad, poster, flyer) = 2 weeks
Graphic design (brochure, newsletter) = 3 to 4 weeks
Graphic design (catalog/book/annual report) = depends upon design complexities
Will I own the rights to the design that Blue Halo produces for me?
Rights are transferred upon full and final payment for services, no exceptions.
We retain the right to use all artwork in our portfolio, and all drafts are the property of Blue Halo Creative. Files are provided to the client on disk for your reference and care. We retain client files for a period of 6 months, after which an archival fee of $50 is levied to access files from our system.
I have a vision for my project already. How does that work with your design process?
We work with you to co-create a design that embodies the essence of your company. The impetus, vision and background details will all come from you, as you are an integral part of the design process. We request that you provide us with as much information as you can. All information is retained strictly for design purposes and is kept in strict confidentiality.
Do you manage the printing process?
We anticipate managing the printing process for you. This is included within our fees as set out on a per project basis.We like to focus on what we do best and allow you to do the same. We also feel that our expertise is invaluable in liasioning with the printer and in managing the project from start to finish, we
ensure that the process runs smoothly without any hitches, thus producing a successful final product/project. Your success is our success, and as such, we take every step of the process very seriously.
I don't know anything about design or websites. Do I need to?
We walk you through every step of the way.
We do our best to speak in layman's terms and we believe in the KISS principle. Questions are always encouraged, as is your participation in the process.
I'm interested in making my own website edits. What options exist for me?
Options include (A) a custom database driven website with
a user interface that allows you to make edits or (B) a website designed within the framework of Adobe Contribute. Both will allow you to quickly and easily make edits to your new website or blog with minimal training.
Do you do copywriting? Photography?
Blue Halo Creative is aligned with some amazing companies, sharing mutual principles of integrity, beauty, equality, peace, love and respect! Visit our partners for our recommendations. Experts in their own fields, we support them in their business and celebrate their success.
How many revisions are included in our agreement?
Unless otherwise specified, each project allows for two minor revisions following approval of a final design. Additional revisions are available at a custom rate upon request.
I want a flash website but I also want to rank well with the search engines. What do you suggest?
Flash animations may dazzle and impress, but the risk is that you may render your website invisible to the major search engines. We design websites that target two markets: your customers and the search engines. Instead, we choose to include Flash movies in limited amounts. This satisfies the need for some interactivity while respecting your interest in optimizing your rankings with the search engines. We will design fully based Flash websites upon your request as we aim to please, but we also educate you as to the risks associated.
I already have a business card but I'm looking for a web prescence. What are the different kinds of websites?
Most businesses start out with a static or small website. In time, they graduate to a brochure based website that relays information on services. Other alternatives include a dynamic, database driven website where the content changes regularly.
All websites are designed in line with your current graphic standards and branding guidelines and for a consistent look and feel.
I need a logo. What kind of logos do you design?
The four types of logos include (A) iconic or symbolic based logos that convey your company's image
(B) logos that use the first letter of the company name (C) company name with unique and distinctive typographical effects AND (D) combinations of the following three. We review a variety of options for your logo design, and work with you to create a design that is memorable.
I have worked with a designer before but I do not have the files. Can you help?
We aim to please. We will do our best to recreate artwork or to work within the limitations of the files you do have on hand. Tell us what you need and we'll do our best to accomodate.
Why have you targeted the lifestyles/special interest industry. Isn't that exclusionary?
Actually, our focus is in working with businesses that recognize the importance of serving their clients. But by no means are we exclusive. Above all, we love to work with those who are inspired, passionate, innovative, and leading edge. We value working with industry leaders in the field of lifestyles, body, mind and spirit, but are also advocates for women's, children's, and animal's rights. We are also champions of the environment, and most enjoy serving those businesses that are committed to making a difference in the community.
I will need several web updates per month. Do you have a package that suits me?
For those who require minimal edits, we offer updates at an hourly web update rate of $50, billed on the half hour. If you require numerous web updates on a monthly basis, we are happy to offer a package deal of 10 hours at $450.00 or 15 hours at $650.00.