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Sorting Things out - Fonts etc. Help Please

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by DanielMartin, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. DanielMartin

    DanielMartin Member

    I may only be 14
    But i've accumilated quite a bit of stuff.
    - Work
    - Copies & Alterations of work... in several formats.
    - Pictures.
    - Fonts (Well... Copy and pasted... into the Windows Font Folder... with the ZIP file left.)

    Can you give me some help on where/what to put this all in.

    Font managers etc.

  2. Daniel, it is all ways a very good idea to keep your work filed in a logical way (saves you time looking for the correct file, helps others find the most recient file etc). I've attached a screen grab of the way I like to set things up (you can set things up the way you like of cause) but the principle is to keep things organised from the start.
    Set up a new folder for each client, then with in this folder each job for that clien get's its own folder.
    Each job sholud then have some sort of system to keep InDesign (or Quark!) files easily accessable from the multitude of .psd and .ai files you might generate. With things like proofs I all ways find that and 'Archive' file within the Proofs folder keeps things in order, If you get into the habbit of putting a superseeded file in there straight away, you all ways know whch is the most recent version (this method works on all levels, eg. design document 1 gets an over-haul and becomes design document 2, version 1 now moves the the archive file leaving version 2 as the first thing you see when opening the design file.)

    As for fonts... a type manager programme is a good idea as it can help the processing speed of your machine and helps when trying to find a font in the pull down menu. I have known people too get very anal about the way they sort out their fonts (seperated into: Serif/SanSerif/Modern/Traditional/Display/Icon etc) this you will find a way to suit your own style i'm sure.

    In general: keep it logical / keep it clean.

    All the best for a creative future. Ozwaldo Sanchez.

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  4. DanielMartin

    DanielMartin Member

    Thats Brilliant Thanks.
    Its going to take me a while.. as i just use a 'sub' name for an art project.. and just save it.. as i generate roughly 10-12 .ai/png files in the process per artwork.
    So its going to take me a while.... But thanks - I am hoping next year to become a proper freelance designer
  5. Daniel, Freelance is a wonderful thing, just bear in mind the invaluable experience you can gain from working in a studio environment, All the stuff in my head has been from learning off other people. It is only now, after 13 odd years, I feel I have the nessacery knowledge to survive on my own. Don't mean to sound scary! but it will stand you in good stead with the goal of freelance a good motivation factor. Oz
  6. DanielMartin

    DanielMartin Member

    So what your saying is work in a studio?
  7. KevJaques

    KevJaques Member

    I agree with Oz :)

    You will gain more of an insight as to how "and how NOT" to work if you spend time working in a studio/workplace which will stand you in good stead for working on your own.
    Then you can take best practices forward and forge your own business rules.

    It's important to get some team work under your belt, especially on bigger projects which depend on your team and you for your role.
  8. DanielMartin

    DanielMartin Member

    I'm begining to sort through my work like this... [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2009

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