how to commission a poster from me
Are you an act who needs a poster to promote your Fringe show? You've come to the right place! Before you get in touch with me, I just need to run a few things by you.
1. Think about what you want your design to look like. It's easier for me to get it right if you explain exactly what you want. I'm not running a design consultancy service (that'd cost you A LOT more!) so please send me your nice clear headshot taken by a photographer (NO SELFIES! They're a right pain to work with and if I'm illustrating it your head WILL look weird), tell me what colour scheme you want, and if you have any other ideas for the design tell me! If there's a poster you like that you want yours to look like too, show it to me! I can't spend days discussing what your poster could look like if you've not thought about it at all, so please make sure you've got a solid idea before you get in touch. Or if you have no clue, give me the details of your show and freedom to create what I think will be a suitable poster.
2. It's a show poster, so give me a list of things you need to have on it: show name, act name, dates (and days off if it's a full Fringe run!), show time, price or if it's a free show tell me who it's with (for example, PBH are quite specific about how their logo is displayed on your flyer), venue, and any quotes or accolades you need on the front. Give these to me straight away, it'll help me lay out the poster for you.
3. Are you doing a show with a group of people? Decide what you want BEFORE you email me. It'll take far more time to keep waiting for the sign off from every member of your group for every single step of the design, so if you're the point of contact, you make the decisions for the whole group. Not everybody's suggestions for the design need to be implemented, so you decide and I'll work from what you tell me.
4. What you receive is a digital, print-ready file. You can then have it printed with your printer of choice (I highly recommend Mixam.co.uk, who I use frequently). Make sure you tell me the exact specifications your printer requires (most ask for a 3mm bleed, ask for a specific file format, or provide their own design template, so check this and let me know!)
5. Once we have discussed your poster, I will send you a commission agreement (it's a silent agreement, so you don't need to do anything! It's good to keep for your records, as it details exactly what you're paying for) and an invoice. I'll send you a preview of the work to approve (I'll allow for three minor changes or one major change at this stage), and if you're happy with it I'll finish it off and pop it in a google folder for you to download.
A simple poster made using photographs you provide. (Nice headshots or other high quality shots - no selfies!)
This can feature some very small illustrated elements, but the main focus will be your lovely face.
If you don't have photos ready to go, I can recommend photographers depending on where you're based.
If you need this to be a double sided flyer, that's fine! Just give me all the details for the back along with the front (that'll include a blurb and quotes at least!)
This is my specialty - illustrated posters are a great way of standing out from all the photo-based posters at the Fringe.
Send me the photo you want the illustration to be based on. High quality photos taken by a photographer work best. If you've got a conceptual idea make sure you have photos taken in the pose you need, and if it's just your face you want on the poster then a clear headshot is what I need.
If it's also being used as a flyer, I can illustrate both sides or just the front, depending on your idea. Make sure to consider other elements on the back too, like the blurb and any logos!
Perhaps you need something other than a Fringe poster design?
I can produce reoccurring gig posters, podcast images, t-shirt designs, book covers and illustrations. Email me with the details and I will get back to you with a quote.