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GUNION DESIGN

Jefrey Gunion
Designer Stats
Rank: #163
Points Earned: 465
Member Level: Silver
Member Since: 2010
Felton, CA CA USA

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Please tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in design?

I was studying fine art at San Jose State University in California and every so often businesses and potential clients would come into the art department to see students work. Someone liked one of the paintings I was working on [using airbrush] and asked me if I would be interested in doing some commercial illustration for their magazine. That was my very first professional assignment.


How long have you been with your company?

30 years!


Are you self taught or did you attend school for your industry?

Both. I studied fine art and graphic design in 3 different colleges, but have learned most everything by good old hard work, practice and learning from peers.


What web browser do you use?

I like Firefox and Safari. I have to regularly compare how websites behave in different browsers to ensure cross-browser compatibility for the designs.


What social media do you use for work and play? Do you have a favorite?

Facebook for both work and play. Clients will often have me design their company Facebook landing page along with the website(s) I design for them. I like LinkedIn for researching professionals. I also like About.me for the creative freedom. Stumbleupon and Houzz are also great for inspiration.


What is your favorite thing about the type of work you do?

No two projects are alike. I enjoy being a part of my clients' success.


What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the web design field?

Study traditional graphic design and art first. Even the most technologically advanced websites are junk without good use of design principals. Don't try and be a hero and be good at every aspect of web development, let specialists in different types of programming be a part of your team. Focus on what you are best at.


What`s your favorite development language and why?

Again, I am a designer first and programmer second. I do like the combination of traditional HTML, php, jQuery and javascript. Mainly because these languages work seamlessly together and are incredibly flexible.


If you could only use one language, which one would it be?

HTML


What do you see as the most prominent emerging technology?

eCommerce personalization. "Big Data"!


Who is your typical client at the moment and what types of projects are you working on?

High tech corporations. Larger web development projects - 2-3 months in development.


What advice would you give a client in order to prepare for a new project?

Ask and answer questions. Like this questionnaire on my website: http://guniondesign.com/quote-a-project/


What is the most common problem you deal with when working with new clients who do not have much experience with working with designers?

Having preconceived notions about design and the many processes employed, and not knowing the ranges of cost for different types of work.


Do you use a CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) or any type of project management or proposal software?

Basecamp, Fuze, Google Docs, Marketo...


What is your standard hourly rate?

70


Do you have a minimum budget for a new client?

$350 for basic print elements. $750 for small websites and identity development.


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