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sotomo

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Amazingly I have a product that I think is ready to go. I have the tools and machines to actually manufacture it myself. I even found a box that it fits into nicely. I never thought this would be such a hassle, but I just can't seem to design the artwork for the box and instructions for my product that look decent.

I'm cheap and would prefer not to pay a designer big bucks... but I might have no choice, since everything I come up with looks like it was drawn by a drunk sailor. My instructions need to be 3D and I tried using 3D programs but it still looks amaturish. I never took any graphic design classes in college, and now I wish I had.

Has anyone else faced this problem with designing instructions and package design, have any recommendations for outsourcing, or design secrets that might shortcut this process?
 

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Do you know what a pro designer would actually charge, or are you taking a guess?
 

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an idea: look up "instructions" / "packaging" / "(your product type)" on behance or similar.
make a selection of say 5-10 pictures that serve as examples of what you like.
it might help with making a decision. they usually show their making process. if you decide to hire a designer it'll make communication easier. or you get familiar with the technical terms of what you want to get.
it's always how i start any graphics related work or even to brainstorm ideas about software.
 
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an idea: look up "instructions" / "packaging" / "(your product type)" on behance or similar.
make a selection of say 5-10 pictures that serve as examples of what you like.
it might help with making a decision. they usually show their making process.
Right, ok. That makes sense. Now onto execution... I've been distracted by things like getting another job and really need to get momentum going again. If I get really stuck I'll let you you. Thanks.
 

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Nope, just guessing. I just used the word "big bucks" but that might not have been the best choice of words.
I recommend you find out first. Look for meetups of graphic designers, and colleges with a commercial art program. Stop by and ask for a rough idea of what kind of budget you'd need to hire a designer. It might be so little that paying a pro would be easier than finding ways to cut the costs here. For example, instead of making a complete 3D model of your product, maybe someone could take some photos and illustrate on top of that in a way that looks 3D, but only costs like 2D. Talk to some people involved with this stuff on a daily basis.
 
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Look for meetups of graphic designers, and colleges with a commercial art program.
Ok. Sound good. My new job is at a college so maybe I can get to know some people in that department. My product does have a graphic element to it so it might help to get someone else onboard.
 

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Ok. Sound good. My new job is at a college so maybe I can get to know some people in that department. My product does have a graphic element to it so it might help to get someone else onboard.
Oh good, you're perfectly placed for this. (Assuming the building in your profile pic is not the school's entire Art Department.)

After you find out typical commercial rates, then you could consider paying half that to the winners of some kind of design contents you have for art students. But again, you might not need to take any special money-saving efforts like that.

After you've done this a few times, you could teach a class in The Business of Packaging Design For Clients And Artists, get a mix of business and art students in the room!
 

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Have you tried looking for a 3D designer or packaging designer on Fiverr or Upwork? There's also 99designs. If you're willing to take the time to vet someone from overseas, you should be able to find a qualified designer who can accomplish what you want for a decent price.
 
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Have you tried looking for a 3D designer or packaging designer on Fiverr or Upwork? There's also 99designs. If you're willing to take the time to vet someone from overseas, you should be able to find a qualified designer who can accomplish what you want for a decent price.
I've used Fiverr before and would consider it again. So far I like NZA's advise the best because it's free. Of course Fiverr is close to free. I'm having trouble deciding what do do. Looks like I have at least 3 possible routes to take from all the good advise.
 
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(Assuming the building in your profile pic is not the school's entire Art Department.)
Yeah my profile pic is sorta unusual, but I took it myself. I'd love to live a simple life in a little cabin if it were possible. Unfortunately it's not right now and money is always needed all the time.
 

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Amazingly I have a product that I think is ready to go. I have the tools and machines to actually manufacture it myself. I even found a box that it fits into nicely. I never thought this would be such a hassle, but I just can't seem to design the artwork for the box and instructions for my product that look decent.

I'm cheap and would prefer not to pay a designer big bucks... but I might have no choice, since everything I come up with looks like it was drawn by a drunk sailor. My instructions need to be 3D and I tried using 3D programs but it still looks amaturish. I never took any graphic design classes in college, and now I wish I had.

Has anyone else faced this problem with designing instructions and package design, have any recommendations for outsourcing, or design secrets that might shortcut this process?
Hey sotomo,

If you want, I can take a look and give you some tips. I'm a conceptual designer and graphic artist. I've done everything from package design to pre-production 3D visuals that look like photographs.

Feel free to send me a PM.

-The Count
 

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I'm a conceptual designer and graphic artist. I've done everything from package design to pre-production 3D visuals that look like photographs.
Cool! I haven't come across you on the forum, I'll check out your other posts and find out if your creativity has led to some business successes!
 

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Cool! I haven't come across you on the forum, I'll check out your other posts and find out if your creativity has led to some business successes!
Big time lurker :)

I'm definitely not the one to ask for business advice, but I know a lot about design and visuals, so it's time I come out of the shadows to share the little I can.
 

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I did this 1 month ago
I used fiverr, cost me $50 and they did a good job
I had to provide the copy (which was fine for me since I know it a little)
The photo I gave was actually of the CAD Model with some colour added to look real
I can give you the link to who I used or simply just search on fiverr, you can find plenty on there
 

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