printed.com has launched an official Facebook app to expand and enhance its Design Central Gallery – a visual directory of designers and creatives who produce work with the leading print company. Now it is even easier for customers to find the look they require for their next print job from a growing bank of design talent – without paying commission fees.
The app is a completely free service that allows designers, illustrators and photographers to upload a mini portfolio of their work and have potential clients contact them directly about work. Businesses and individuals who need creative services browse the gallery to find the style they want and use the contact details provided to get in touch directly.
With examples of leaflet, poster and business card designs, customers get an idea of what their finished product will look like. And because the gallery is based on a social platform, it allows immediate interaction with the designer without having to pay a penny in commission or fees to middlemen. Requests for designs can also be posted directly onto the printed.com Facebook wall, prompting designers to pitch for the job business almost instantaneously.
Creatives using the Design Central Gallery App benefit from increased exposure to potential clients who are ready to buy print. They can also network with other image-makers to inspire each other and work on future projects. It takes just a few minutes to upload a mini portfolio, profile and contact details, attracting more and more people to showcase their work.
Freelance designer Jamie Bishop is one of the creatives who has benefitted from the free promotion of the Design Central Gallery. He signed up on Facebook and uploaded a six-page promo brochure that he had printed at printed.com. This resulted in him being contacted by a photographer who needed design for a set of five postcards and business cards.
The Design Central Gallery App is just one of the ways printed.com is helping its small business, design and creative community to expand and succeed.