Introducing GraphicDoc

New for 2016, I’m pleased to offer GraphicDoc (Graphic Designer On Call), a subscription, by the hour, graphic design service. Available in a range of packages, starting at only 2 hours a month, GraphicDoc will give your business all the benefits of an in-house designer, without the employment costs. It means that you get graphic design services and brand continuity, but you only pay for what you need!

www.graphicdoc.co.uk

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to have a graphic designer when you need, but not have to face the employment, tax, training, software and hardware costs involved with having an in-house designer? GraphicDoc from Jeanius! is a new, exciting way of accessing a graphic designer in an affordable & simple way. No matter what your budget, GraphicDoc can produce high-quality, branded material with a fast turnaround.

How does it work?

There are a range of packages available, starting at only 2 hours per month. This gives you a Graphic Designer On Call! You can use your hours however you like in a month – each project has been given an hourly value, so you know exactly what you can get for your monthly subscription. For example, if you want to send out a custom-designed, mobile responsive email newsletter, it could cost as little as £25. Do you send out an offer leaflet every month? That can be covered for as little as £50 a month!

Explore the available packages >

What is the benefit?

At the time of this blog, the average cost of employing a graphic designer is £38,766.45. That includes salary, tax, training, sick pay, software, insurance and more. When you take into account all of these things, employing a full-time designer is a pretty expensive investment for your business.
Having a Graphic Designer On Call means that you get all the benefits of an in-house designer, but none of the overheads. Outsourcing your design to GraphicDoc means that you get an experienced, fully trained designer who is constantly up-to-date with industry knowledge and uses the very latest hardware & software.

Taking out a subscription with GraphicDoc is much more cost-effective than commissioning individual pieces and projects. You’re also guaranteed to have your document back to you within 3 days.

Have more questions? Why not check out the FAQ page!

Alternatively, email me at hello@graphicdoc.co.uk and we can have a chat about your requirements!

Graphic Design Glossary

As a follow up to the Web Design Glossary that I posted last week, here’s a handy guide to the most commonly used terms in the design world. This glossary is a handy guide and introduction to print production & graphic design, useful for both beginner designers and those looking to embark on a new project and need to learn some lingo!

Adobe Maker of the biggest industry-standard software applications. The Adobe Creative Suite. Here at Jeanius!, I use the latest full Adobe Creative Cloud.
Bleed Usually an extra 3mm on trimmable edges around a document. This means when the document is cut, there is no chance of ‘missing the line’ and creating white edges.
CMYK A four-colour method used in printing. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (Key).
Column Gutter The size of the gap in between columns.
Copy The text to be used within a document.
DPI Dots per inch. Items for print are always designed at 300dpi.
Facing Pages In a publication, facing pages are the two pages of a double spread open at the same time.
GIF Graphics Interchange Format. Used for web work and support transparency. Can also be animated.
Illustrator An Adobe programme used to create logos and vector illustrations.
InDesign An Adobe programme used to design layouts and documents.
Italic Text usually slanted to the right. Generally used for emphasis or quotes.
JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group. Most common image file type – does not support transparency.
Kerning The process of reducing or increasing the white space in between letters.
Lamination Plastic film (matt, gloss etc) applied to printed sheet. For example, matt laminated business cards.
Orphan The last word of a paragraph left which is on a line of its own or that covers less than 1 third of a column width. Generally considered untidy.
Pantone A colour matching system used between designers and printers to produce a more accurate colour representation.
PDF Portable Document Format. Often a format used to send items to print. Used to easily send files over email and combine reports into an easily read document.
PNG Portable Network Graphics. The best image for web use as they can be higher quality and support transparency.
Photoshop A powerful Adobe programme used to draw and manipulate images.
Proof A copy of document to be produced. Given in the final stages to check for typos or errors.
RGB Red, Green, Blue. Used for on-screen graphics as the 3 main components of light, making up all colours.
Sans Serif “Without Serif”. Applies to fonts without tails/lines crossing the ends of letters. For example: This font is Sans Serif.
Serif Fonts with lines/tails crossing ends of letters. For example: This is a Serif font.
Subscript Small text beneath the main line of text. For example the 2 in H2O
Superscript Small text above the main line. For example the TM of Jeanius!TM
Typography The art of proper text formatting, placement, styling and typeface specification.
Vector A scale-able graphic. Can be small or large format with no change in quality.

A Useful Web Design Glossary

There’s nothing more frustrating than reading through articles and not knowing what on earth they’re talking about – mostly due to the number of industry-standard terms and absolutely no glossary telling you what’s what! Today I’m going to give you that little glossary of commonly used web-design related words, phrases and acronyms – do let me know if it helps you out!

Have I missed any? Drop me an email to hello@jeanius-design.co.uk and I’ll add it to the list!

Web Design

AJAX Asynchronous JavaScript and XML: Used to make dynamic webpages that can retrieve live data without refreshing.
Bandwidth The amount of data being transferred over a network.
Bounce Rate Users on your site who leave on the same page that they started – ie, they do not hang around & bounce straight out.
Breadcrumbs The trail of your journey on the site, showing you what page you’re currently on.
Cache Files are stored in a cache to make loading web pages quicker, so they don’t need to keep loading the same content. Clearing your cache deletes all of these files. If the cache is not cleaned regularly, you may find your browser is loading old images from the cache, not new. If you refresh your page, it should force the website to load new images.
CMS Content Management System: A tool that makes it easier to change the content of a website, without having to dive into the technical code of a website.
CSS Cascading Style Sheet: Defines the look of a website.
DNS Domain Name Service: The service that directs where your domain name should look. IE. it tells your domain name where your server is and therefore what should be displayed at your domain name.
Domain Name This is your www. address. For example www.jeanius-design.co.uk is my domain name.
E-Commerce Electronic Commerce. The ability to sell products/services online.
Favicon The little square image that appears at the top of the browser, usually on the tab. I have a J! as my favicon.
HEX Hexadecimal: The code that defines a colour. For example, the Jeanius! green is colour #a59c10.
HTML Hypertext Markup Language: Commonly used language to make webpages.
HTTP Hypertext Transfer Protocol: The rules that define requests between the web browser and the web server.
HTTPS Hypertext Transfer Protocol Over SSL: As above, but via a secure & encrypted connection. Often found on e-commerce systems.
Hyperlink A clickable link from one webpage to another.
Landing Page When a visitor arrives on your website, the first page they see is the landing page.
Meta Data The meta data is hidden data in a website that describe what the website is about. Useful for Google & SEO purposes.
MySQL A database management system, typically used for webpage information.
PHP Personal Home Page (Now PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor): A scripting language that runs on a web server.
Pixel Tiny dots that make up the image on your screen.
Resolution The number of pixels displayed on a screen. For example 1366×768. There are 1366 pixels across and 768 pixels down. That’s 1,049,088 pixels in total!
SSL Secure Socket Layer: Technology to encrypt data transfer over the internet.
UI User Interface: The system that a viewer uses to interact with a service.
URL Uniform Resource Locator: This is the address in the top bar that specifies where you are on the internet.
UX User Experience: This the emotions and attitudes of a person viewing your web page.