How To Get the Most With a Graphic Design Service Subscription
Keen to try a subscription-based graphic design service? Fantastic! We can help you make the most out of this easy and affordable way to get graphics!
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If you’ve ever struggled with getting high-quality design that fits your budget, you’re in the right place. A subscription to our graphic design service can be the all-in-one solution to your graphic needs. Still, there are a few ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.
Have you gotten the memo yet? Graphic design is more significant than ever for the success of your business. Here are just a few reasons why:
- People process visuals 60,000 times faster than text. Want your audience to get the message? Convey it with a graphic.
- We need just 50 milliseconds to form an impression of a website. No amount of clever copywriting can save an off-putting design.
- Color influences purchase decisions with 85% of shoppers. If your products and services don’t look the part, there’s no way you can make a profit.
And the list goes on. Graphic design is so much more than a single graphic you use for marketing or branding. Nowadays, it’s the very DNA of your brand. So, if you’ve ever wondered, “is graphic design a product or a service” the answer is geared towards the latter.
There will never come a time when you don’t need graphic design or have all your graphics sorted for the unforeseeable future. That’s why getting a subscription to professional graphic design services can be a brilliant move!
Ok, but what are graphic design services that you subscribe to? In a nutshell, it usually works like this:
- You pay a flat monthly subscription fee (typically much lower than what you’d pay a traditional design agency or a full-time graphic designer).
- Request as many designs as you want each month. A design professional with the best-suited skills and experience gets to work.
- Make as many revisions as you want at no extra cost.
- Store all your files and communication in one place. Most graphic design services have custom platforms for this.
The advantages of a graphic design subscription
Here are some main benefits of using an unlimited graphic design service (like ManyPixels!)
Let’s do a quick cost comparison for different graphic design providers.
The annual wage of a graphic designer in the US is about 60k. With ManyPixels, you’d pay less than 12k a year. Best of all, you never have to worry about additional expenses, such as hiring extra help or covering sick leaves. We work for you year-round, with dozens of designers on our team ready to step in and take charge if needed.
You can also pause the request yourself. If you’ve decided to delay the project for whatever reason, this allows you to reopen it at any time without having to write a completely new brief or lose progress made thus far.
Of course, don’t forget that graphic design is often a process of trial and error. Luckily, a ManyPixels subscription allows you to request as many revisions as you like, until the graphics are exactly how you want them.
Is graphic design a product or service? Another reason that shows it’s indeed much more than a single product is the importance of speedy designs. There’s nothing worse than waiting on graphics if you’re racing against a deadline set by your client or want to launch a major campaign for your business.
Unlike in-house designers and freelancers, our unlimited graphic design service gives you a list of our estimated daily output. This tells you what our designers can (realistically) complete within one working day so that you plan your projects and meet deadlines.
Remember that our designers get many more projects than a designer in a company or an agency. That means they’re much more used to juggling several projects at once and know how to deliver quality work fast.
So it’s fast and affordable, so you must compromise on quality? Not really! We can’t speak for other digital design services, but ManyPixels has an extensive quality control process. Dedicated project managers are involved in each design request to ensure there are no glitches in client-designer communication, and our designers deliver their 100% every time.
Most small businesses really only need one designer that can nail down their style. However, many marketing agencies also use graphic design subscription services. The main reason is that they can get a vast range of skills and styles, all for the same flat rate.
Still, versatility also means an expert designer for any project. If you ask yourself what services do graphic designers offer in-house, chances are the list of design services will be somewhat limited. An expert illustrator or brand designer will hardly have loads of experience in UI/UX design.
How to get the most out of your subscription for graphic design services
Interested in giving our unlimited graphic design service a try? Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your monthly subscription.
The foundation of any successful design project is a well-crafted brief. No matter how talented a designer is, they're still not a mind reader. Even if you're the kind of person who values others' input and creativity, vague guidelines can still hurt the design process by slowing it down.
While getting information about what makes a successful design brief is advisable, we did ensure the process is much more straightforward for our clients. Using our step-by-step custom platform, all you need to do is fill in the required information. Here are some of the information you'll need to provide with each design request:
- Project name
- Type of design (web design, print design, brand design, etc.)
- Type of project (landing page, business cards, logos, etc.)
- Description of the project (how should it look like)
- Description of the industry
Of course, don't forget to use the final section (additional information) to add any detail that's relevant to your designer. You need a Christmas design but can't stand red and green color combinations? Let us know about it. There's a font you want to use that's a little out there? We'll make it work.
So long as the designer is 100% clear on your intentions and wishes, they can move the design process in the right direction from the get-go. Of course, revisions are usually a part of the process too. Still, we can avoid getting stranded and starting over from scratch after numerous revisions.
Create a brand profile
Another nifty trick for even faster designs that are always on-point? Create your own brand profile on the platform. Here you can upload all the assets and specifications that need to be observed when creating graphics for this brand. These might include:
- Brand colors & typography
- Specifications on how (not) to use the logo
- Target audience description
This ensures consistency and helps our designers work more effectively - they're working with several clients, and this helps them remember your brand and preferences. Moreover, it also saves you time in creating design briefs. There's no need to give extensive brand specifications with every project: simply attach the brand profile, and you're good to go!
Update your queue regularly
So what services do graphic designers offer in ManyPixels? The list is quite extensive, but here are a few of the most popular requests:
- Logo & branding
- Display ads
- Landing pages
- Social media graphics
- Custom illustrations
Not only do you have all of these services to choose from - you can also make unlimited monthly requests. Still, it's helpful to remember that our designers usually work on one request at a time. So, it's your responsibility to ensure that your top priorities are taken care of first.
Test & revise
A common misconception about our graphic design service is that it's completely impersonal. We don't waste time on Zoom meetings and take care of the hiring process for you (all our designers undergo a rigorous vetting process). Still, we like to help clients get a feel for the service and enable them to get a completely customized experience from it.
We encourage you to start your subscription by requesting different types of projects. This way, you can likely work with different designers and understand their fortes. This is critical if you have a design team and use our service as additional help.
Build a relationship with a designer
What does all that testing and revisions eventually lead to? Hopefully, a harmonious relationship with one or more of our designers. The more you work with us, the better we get to know you, and the smoother the design process becomes.
Don't be shy! Give our designers feedback so they can get to know you and your brand better. Once you find a person whose work you like, you can always request that this particular designer work on your next project.
Stay in the same time zone
We work for you all year round, but that doesn't mean our designers don't have working hours. Our graphic design professionals are located worldwide, so to prevent chaos, we have our design team split into 3 different time zones: the US, Central European, and Asia.
If being on the same schedule is vital to you, request a designer in the same time zone. It's by no means a prerequisite for every type of project. Still, if instant communication is a priority, this is something you ought to mention in your design request.
Try the Dedicated Designer plan
Another way to get a premium service with ManyPixels is to try our top-tier pricing plan: Dedicated Designer.
It's essentially a mix of working with unlimited graphic design services and hiring a design professional in-house. With this plan, we'll get one of our designers to work almost exclusively for you. They will be available to you via Slack during office hours (specify which time zone you want them to work in). Your dedicated designer will deliver double our usual daily output and get an in-depth understanding of your brand for results that are perfectly tailored to your needs.
If you're serious about working with an unlimited graphic design service for the long term, there's no better way to do it. It's our most popular pricing plan for a good reason. You get a premium graphic design service without the hefty price tag. At just $1,119 per month, you'll still be paying much less than hiring a designer in-house or partnering up with a traditional design agency.
Ready to try our graphic design service?
If you're one of our existing clients, we hope these tips help you get more out of our graphic design services company.
On the other hand, if you're still considering our unlimited graphic design service, we recommend you check out this article that compares different on-demand design companies and this post that highlights some of our unique features.
Convinced? Pick a pricing plan and start your graphic design subscription today. Submit a request today and get the first draft back tomorrow!
Having lived and studied in London and Berlin, I'm back in native Serbia, working remotely and writing short stories and plays in my free time. With previous experience in the nonprofit sector, I'm currently writing about the universal language of good graphic design. I make mix CDs and my playlists are almost exclusively 1960s.