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Graphic Design Leave-Behinds

Graphic Design Leave-Behinds

If you don’t utilize some kind of graphic design leave-behind, or if you don’t even know what one is, you need to listen to this episode! Making a good impression at a job interview or client consultation is great, but why not leave a more lasting impression? We talk all about the benefits of leaving something tangible in the hands of a potential client or employer, as well as some solid leave-behind ideas.

Do you have a great leave-behind idea or story? We would love to hear it! Just leave it in the comment section below.

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David Hunt

August 12, 2012

Another great conversation guys.

I think the Thank You email after an interview is a great way to stand out. I know I got my last design gig from sending a thank you note describing how much it meant to me they took the time to look at my work and meet me in-person. What really helped was a conversation in the interview where we were discussing personal printers and I sent a link when I got home to the one I use, and where I found the best deal. It showed I was listening during the interview process and I cared enough to get back to them about a passing conversation.

My current leave-behind is a small booklet which talks about my design philosophy, process, sample works, and how to get in-touch. Mostly just a reminder of who they talked to.

Thanks again for the interesting talk.

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    Wes McDowell

    August 12, 2012

    Hey David, I couldn’t agree more about the thank you afterwards. Its so simple, yet so many don’t do it. Your leave-behind sounds great too, sounds like its got all your bases covered.

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allan

August 15, 2012

I love this episode. It got my creative juice flowing.

The leave behind I found effective is just to create a resume that stands out. I put some of my works in the layout and added elements that pop. I also experimented with different sizes, shapes and folds. Many designers like to keep a clean airy look so when a company sees your resume with splashes of color and whimsy it will definitely make you stand out from the “less is more” crowd.

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Allie W

August 21, 2012

Hiya DesignCasters!

I had a question about the beer label. I’m currently in the process of designing a beer label for a friend’s homebrew, but I have no idea what to use to print my design on so it’ll stick on the beer bottles. I know Kristi said she used Label Stock, is this something I can find at a local paper store or a special paper I need to order online? Do you have any advice for beer label making?

This is my first time doing a beer label, so any help/advice is totally appreciated!

Love your podcast, I’ve told all my co-workers about it :D

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    Wes McDowell

    August 21, 2012

    Thanks for passing us along to your co-workers, we love it! I will send Kristi an email to see if she can stop by and answer your question here.

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    Kristi Duce

    August 22, 2012

    Hiya!

    I actually have used many sticker stocks in my day, and got luck on this one! I just went into my local print shop and asked for something that would be good for a beer bottle and they recommended their Showcase 60lb high gloss. I am sure this product is available through xpedx. Good luck, and I would love to see your label once you are at a place for sharing.

    – Kristi

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Christine Murphy

August 22, 2012

Love the show and the leave behind ideas. I have a funny story about typos. A design friend of mine (for real, it wasn’t me!) was sending out resumes after college graduation. She didn’t know why she wasn’t getting any calls. She decided to go over her resume again to see how she could spice it up and noticed an embarrassing typo. She had written about a non-profit Xmas card illustration she did in school…but with the typo it read, “The Xmas cards were mailed out anally” instead of annually. The spell check didn’t pick it up…lol!!!

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    Wes McDowell

    August 22, 2012

    HAHA thats awesome! I bet that lead to some unfortunate paper cuts :(

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      Christine Murphy

      August 23, 2012

      LOL!!! :)

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Elizabeth

September 24, 2012

I’m only 7 minutes into this, but I’m very excited to continue listening. The portfolio leave-behind was barely mentioned in my undergrad and I’m feeling a bit at a disadvantage now that I’m settled into a new environment and job hunting. Thank you for covering this!

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Olivia

October 6, 2012

I loved this episode! I’m in my senior year and just interviewed for an internship and didn’t listen to this episode in time – no leave behind. Thankfully I actually got the internship anyway, but will definitely have something next time I’m interviewing!

Since it’s been a few months since this episode, any chance we can see Kristi’s beer label? It sounds so great.

I love this podcast guys, thank you so much for doing an awesome job!

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    Wes McDowell

    October 8, 2012

    Thanks Olivia, ill see if Kristi minds if I post it… stay tuned!

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