printed.com are always looking for new ways to improve the customer experience and as a young business we’re always looking for different ways to help our small business, design and creative community expand and succeed. Earlier this year, printed.com wanted to create a space where designers could network, share their work and attract potential customers. In June, the Design Central Gallery made its first appearance on Facebook.
What started out as Design Wednesdays, a weekly event where designers could share their latest projects with our growing fan base and each other, has now become a permanent feature on our Facebook Page through the Design Central Gallery App.
The Design Central Gallery App is a completely free service where designers, illustrators and even photographers can upload a mini portfolio of their work and have potential clients contact them directly about commissions.
One of the many customers to benefit from the free promotion of the Design Central Gallery is Jamie Bishop. Jamie is a freelance designer who prides himself on adding that extra value to any brand image. As a user of the Design Central Gallery, we thought the launch of the app was the ideal opportunity to present to you a little more about him and his work.
Describe your work, influences and motivations
My design work is all about creative solutions to everyday problems and adding value to my clients’ brands. I’d say that I draw influence from things I see on a daily basis in my surroundings, maybe out on my bike, on a train to a meeting or even the school run. I also follow a lot of design blogs and social image sharing sites. My motivation would be seeing happy clients and of course my wife and kids.
How did you hear about the Design Central Gallery
I used printed.com for a job that I needed printing and came across the gallery on the website and then signed up on Facebook.
What artwork did you submit and why?
It was a six-page promo brochure that printed.com had printed for me. I was really pleased with the print quality (and I am very picky) and turnaround time, as was my client, so I thought it made sense to submit a piece of live work that we had produced together.
What did you produce for your Design Central Gallery client
It was a set of five postcards for a photographer that showcased his work on the front and with service details on the reverse, along with a new business card that included a QR code to drive clients to the mobile version of his website.
What kind of images can people expect to find on the Design Central Gallery
High quality design and illustration from a wide range of designers.
How do you think the gallery can benefit designers as it grows?
I’d like to think that by showcasing my work to potential print customers that I can gain new clients and help them to get the best designs possible printed and that this will happen for all the designers in the gallery.
If you could design a Christmas card for printed.com what would it be?
Ooh, tricky one. I like simple graphic cards so maybe solid magenta print on an uncoated stock with half a Christmas tree die cut out and then when the card is folded you get a complete white tree out of the magenta. Nice and simple and on brand ;-)