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Our Graphic Design Workflow

Here’s a quick overview of our workflow for our graphic design projects…

Briefing

Our briefing process begins right from our first contact with you – where that is through Twitter, by email or by phone. This is the stage to give us lots of information – whether its the draft content for your document or branding guideline for your previous identity; no piece of information is too small.The more information you can give us at the beginning the more prepared we are for our first meeting with you, and likewise the more accurate your initial quote will be. This first stage of our workflow is a key building block for your project and its importance cannot be underestimated.

When we meet you for the first time, we will discuss your brief in detail as well as any initial costings we have prepared. The more information we have prior to this meeting, the more accurate we can be about costs and deadlines. We will also discuss how you envisage the project to turn out, extent of works and any additional formats you’ve considered. We will also raise points that you may not have considered, as well as identifying any costs that could be limited or ways the projects longevity can be increased. Every project is unique and this is a key meeting for us to develop the route forward. A quote approval form will need to be signed before any work commences, a copy of which will be stored on the cloud for both parties to access at any time, but will be locked from any future editing.

Concepts

Following this meeting, we will immediately go into concept mode – typically we develop 3 times as many concepts as we will present to you. The number of concepts will vary by project type and will have been set as part of our quoting process – but typically will be between 3 – 10 concepts per project element. At this stage we may proof some initial concepts for comment to show the direction we are taking, these will probably take the form of screenshots and copyright will remain with Kissed Off Creations Ltd and are not for public distribution. Once this stage has been completed, we will send you an electronic proof in PDF format which will be sent and tracked to you by email. You will be able to download this PDF, comment on it and send it back to us for us to action. Please indicate your choice of concept and any amends you wish to make at this stage.

Logo Design

In terms of logo design, following completion of amends on your chosen concept we would send a PDF for you to approve by digital signature. This locks the PDF for both parties so it becomes a snapshot of how the logo should look. We will then output your logo into varying formats for print and web as well as black only and white only versions for use on a colour background.

All other design projects

After the concept has been amended, we would request an interim sign off. This means that the inherent design or concept would not change after this point; any amends after this stage should relate only to content or they may be applicable for an additional charge if the change causes significant impact to the document. The sign off then becomes a green light to lay out the rest of the document(s), which we would proceed to do as promptly as possible (workload allowing) in order for you to give your final seal of approval. Usually before final sign off occurs there are 1 – 2 sets of amends to content either for accuracy or aesthetic reasons.

Final proof

The final proof we send to you will not be what goes to the printers. The final proof  will be laid out so it is clearly understood how the final project will look. For 3D items we may also create a photographic mock up to make proofs easier to understand. Your final proof will be accompanied with a Proof Approval form at the end of the PDF for you to digitally sign. Signature on this form means you are happy for it to go to print, and that you have checked all the points listed on the form for accuracy (including brand names and terminology). Once this form has been signed, it will lock down the PDF for editing and return to us for our records.

The final print files will then be prepared in line with the signed off file and printer’s specifications and sent electronically to them for proofing and printing.

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Roll on 2016! – Full Speed Ahead!

Awaiting final product image

Our last print publication has hit the presses for Christmas pre-release! This seems an appropriate point to glance not only back over the summer (we’ve been busy behind the scenes) as well as a quick glance ahead to 2016!

Fairly Mounted on a Hill

Following a bumpy climb up the publishing hill, this book hit the book shelves earlier this month as well as being featured in the local press. For those of you interested in this title, it can be purchased directly from the Friends of St John’s website. We are currently looking for stockists of this title and an Information Sheet is currently available upon request.

#CookerySOS – Our new best-seller!

Our big story for the summer has to be CookerySOS by the Ice Cold Chef himself, John Joyce. One of the chefs who contributed to the CookerySOS recipes is Anjula Devi and you can Read Anjula’s blog on CookerySOS here. In addition to fundraising for CashQuest4Carers up in Blackpool, John has been busy cooking for us while we photograph (and we even ate a bit too 😉 ). The book will continue to fundraise for a number of great causes that directly relate to John’s journey throughout 2015 and will carry on through into 2016 – with some exciting projects to be announced over the next few months. CookerySOS may be John’s first book, but it certainly won’t be his last!

One of the announcements for this blog post is the Christmas Edition of CookerySOS which will be available as a donation only eBook. This eBook will feature some great festive recipes as well as a couple of recipes from the main book (of course to tempt you to buy the full book :) ) so watch this space as it’s time we all started making delicious Christmas Cake! We will certainly be in the festive mood much earlier this year!

We had such an amazing summer creating CookerySOS, from trips up north to spend time with John and Bev (and of course “our Stanley”) to creating more dishes at home to share with our family. Never thought my flat would get published! We have to thank Droitwich Print for doing a great job with the printing on a tight deadline – the presses are still running as I type this despite the first copies already being up north with John! We would love to see the book sell out before our restock on Wednesday – and sales so far have been amazing and surpassing all our other titles in the same period of time from publication.

Feta Cheese and Tomato Tart
Feta Cheese and Tomato Tart
Pork & Pepper Casserole
Pork & Pepper Casserole
Cake Mixing with John
Cake Mixing with John
The Ultimate Lemon Cake
The Ultimate Lemon Cake
Our Stanley helping to hold my tripod!
Our Stanley helping to hold my tripod!
Our Stanley got designs on my cake!
Our Stanley got designs on my cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those of you who would like to do a bulk order of this title, please contact us by email or by telephone to arrange payment and shipping. If you would like to host the eBook for donations on your website or blog, please send us a link along with a bit of information on your site and why you would like to host the book.

What’s ahead in 2016?

We’ve joined with Horton Accounting Services to develop The Work Train – a training service for Charities to help the disadvantaged back into work by focusing on key skills to help then get into the workplace. We’ll be launching the new website soon, as well as developing great training materials that are accessible to all. The plans are already in place for a national roll out but we are #keepingitlocal currently while we build a full curriculum and delivery network. If you would like to get involved, we are looking for training partners as well as corporate sponsorship – so get in touch through The Work Train website.

We’ll also be continuing to support John with developing Ice Cold Chef website as well as promoting a list of events that are already in planning (including one in particular that Ian and I are excited about!). Partnership is at the core of our approach for 2016, working with great local companies and driving Kissed Off forward.