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Working With Surrey Vegan

Working with vegan brands is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time, and fortunately this year an opportunity popped up that I couldn’t resist. Surrey Vegan arrange a fair each year that involves stalls, food, talks and community. Last year saw hundreds of visitors, and it’s been a great way for the local […]

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Reflect and Begin

Welcome to 2018! Before we get started, here is a look back over 2017 and how things went for Jaz Design. On a personal level, 2017 was hard. I’m very fortunate that I was able to keep things ticking over, and that I could use my work as a refuge. 2017 included some of my […]

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This Week [185]

For the first time in a long while I sat myself down to write an article. I wanted to help people who had an idea for a project but might not know how to approach a designer. I started right at the beginning of a project, focusing on how to write a good brief. A […]

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How to write a good brief for a design project

Your initial contact with a designer will involve providing a brief for the project. A brief sets out the project requirements and provides markers to measure the project against as it progresses. No matter the size of a project, a good brief is essential to making it successful. It could be a commission for a […]

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This Week [183] Outings & Launches

It’s been a busy few weeks. I’ve been to a couple of events, launched a site and been in design heaven with the cat project! Breaking Borders (mini-conference in Reading). The topic was Differentiating with Design and had two fab talks, one about UX and the other about icons. Web Meet Guildford – this time […]

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This Week [180] Cute Cats

Photo by Kristina Makeeva, visit her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hobopeeba/

It’s always fun when the research you need to do for a project involves looking at endless photos of cute cats 😻The photo above is by talented photographer Kristina Makeeva, found via this Fubiz article (caution: more cute cats inside). Visual research, colour testing and illustration ideas for a cat groomer Website build and test […]

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This Week [177] Short and Sweet

Meeting to discuss another hair extension website Meeting with a former colleague to discuss some skill sharing, and potential referrals. Upper Hand Digital take care of online marketing/social media and SEO which are things I don’t offer, so looking at ways they can help my clients Website design for the medical software provider Newsletter graphics for […]

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This Week [176] Brush Lettering

Back in the swing of things now… Speedy output of a designed holding page for a new TV company Follow up and prep for a website for a cat groomer Continued support for Debbie’s campaign (help her out, she’s so close to her goal – protecting people in care homes) Alchemy Photography has had a […]

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This Week [175] 2017 Begins

The first week back after the Christmas break is always busy, usually with lots of little jobs and setting things up for January. With nothing new to share, I thought I would run down how 2016 went for Jaz Design. Business Development 2016 was about solidifying my position as a freelancer. It was a year […]

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This Week [173] Closed for the Holidays

The Jaz Design offices are officially closed from today. We reopen on the 3rd of January 2017! I want to say a huge thank you to all my clients, followers, friends, and everyone who has supported me, worked with me and helped out over the past year. It’s been a really interesting year, and I […]

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This Week [171] ’tis the Season

Xmas Note: The office will be closed from 22nd December, reopening on 3rd of January. Work continued on the hair extensions, photography and law change websites. Quotes were sent out for work to start in Jan/Feb. A medical tech company signed off my web designs, which means I can now start bringing their new website […]

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