Illustrated label design

RaRaAvisPress

New Member
Bonjour everyone! My very first post. I need your expertise and would be MOST grateful for it. I dearly hope this is the right forum.

Rather out of the blue, I’ve been asked to design a label or labels for a Fairly Famous person in the US (I’m Welsh-Canadian but currently living in Paris). While I’m an experienced illustrator (my niche being digital collage using vintage public domain images, and paper scraps found at flea markets, sometimes a bit of hand-drawing), and have designed posters, graphics, and programmes for theatre groups and the like, this is new to me. No idea what to charge.

I would design five ‘a gift from’ labels which will go on the bottom of a household object she makes, at the moment just for friends and family. I imagine my price might be different if she decides to go commercial, as she’s being encouraged to do. I’m also thinking of suggesting that I make designs she can use on these decoupaged objects, as she can’t keep using the giftwrap paper she uses now if she goes commercial. I’m usually a believer in the ‘exposure is rip-off BS‘ thing, but in this case it might be different because Hollywood.

Any thoughts? Halp
 

RaRaAvisPress

New Member
True. However, I haven’t done label design for another person before, so don’t have a ‘usual charge’. And in this particular case there are unique considerations: ‘exposure’, and possible future work.
 

hankscorpio

Moderator
Staff member
True. However, I haven’t done label design for another person before, so don’t have a ‘usual charge’. And in this particular case there are unique considerations: ‘exposure’, and possible future work.
Exposure and possible work are not tangible. Forget about it.

You know the brief - so it's impossible for someone without a brief to estimate how much to charge.

Estimate the time you will spend on it - and multiply it by your hourly rate.

Or if you think it will take 5 days - then apply a daily rate.

It really depends on what is involved in the design.
 

hankscorpio

Moderator
Staff member
If it was to sum this up it would litereally be that I worked on a logo for a company before and it was originally down as a quick and easy logo.
Turns out 10 months later, and a whopper bill of 100k!
 

Naheed

Member
Bonjour everyone! My very first post. I need your expertise and would be MOST grateful for it. I dearly hope this is the right forum.

Rather out of the blue, I’ve been asked to design a label or labels for a Fairly Famous person in the US (I’m Welsh-Canadian but currently living in Paris). While I’m an experienced illustrator (my niche being digital collage using vintage public domain images, and paper scraps found at flea markets, sometimes a bit of hand-drawing), and have designed posters, graphics, and programmes for theatre groups and the like, this is new to me. No idea what to charge.

I would design five ‘a gift from’ labels which will go on the bottom of a household object she makes, at the moment just for friends and family. I imagine my price might be different if she decides to go commercial, as she’s being encouraged to do. I’m also thinking of suggesting that I make designs she can use on these decoupaged objects, as she can’t keep using the giftwrap paper she uses now if she goes commercial. I’m usually a believer in the ‘exposure is rip-off BS‘ thing, but in this case it might be different because Hollywood.

Any thoughts? Help
Hi RaRaAvisPress,
Generally, there are estimations for every type and every amount of work. You charge for the kind of work you mentioned in the usual manner. The real charges (how many should be) you will come to know after completing the job. You will see how much time you invested and how much effort you poured.
Thanks
 
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