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  • today I'm going to show you my day in a life of a graphic designer as you guys

  • have seen I have started my day with breakfast and some juice and I have been

  • doing it a bit of learning a bit of like business research if you'd like to call

  • it that and I have become completely hooked if you watch my weekly vlogs you

  • will see that I have been using a platform called Skillshare and they have

  • actually given me a link for you guys to the first 500 of you guys to sign up to

  • a free two month trial using the link in my description you'll get two

  • months free and you get to try out their services it's a community for fellow

  • creatives which i presume is why you're watching this video and there's over

  • 25,000 different classes on various different subjects and you can narrow it

  • down and define which subjects you are interested in I didn't realize that they

  • had like marketing classes on there they have business related classes

  • entrepreneurship and those are obviously all really really helpful for me so with

  • the free two-month trial you get a premium membership and you get access to

  • all the classes and the different communities that Skillshare has so

  • whether you're just looking to expand your career or start something new it's

  • a perfect place and I'm finding it so good because it's motivating me on those

  • days where I'm like stuck and don't know what to do with my career yesterday I

  • did a video about kind of finding your voice as a brand and then today I have

  • just printed off this little worksheet I think it's really cool that you get like

  • actual worksheets to print off but I've already got full on two pages of notes

  • so yeah if you're interested in learning more or trying Skillshare out for

  • yourself I'll leave the link in the description but right now I am gonna

  • continue my educational journey for the day I didn't actually eat all my cereal

  • I overestimated how hungry I was I'm gonna

  • continue doing this and I think I'm actually gonna tidy my office up because

  • it is ruining my productive vibe at the minute there's just stuff everywhere

  • now is checking email time which it's the most boring part of my job I reckon

  • I use Google email Gmail and I really really like it I actually use a color

  • coding system to keep track of who I've replied to any emails I've kind of

  • declined or don't want to do I will use a red tag and anything I've completed

  • will be green and I have it all in categories so I can see as I scroll down

  • which ones are done which ones need to be done and how far I've got with my

  • emails and as you can see there are a few at the top that needs sorting out so

  • that's what I'm gonna do now

  • emails have been half replied to and I've just got an email from my manager

  • and obviously I make youtube videos as well that's what you're watching so I have

  • a sponsored video going up this evening and I've just got approval for it which

  • is so good which means I can post that as scheduled

  • tonight it's all ready to go and they've asked for a picture of me to share so I'm

  • sending a selfie now as you do and then probably gonna work on my website so I

  • have a website that's pretty much done and I have like the basic bones and

  • skeleton of it I just need to fill it up with various bits of content so I've

  • been working on some pieces of content for it which I will show you but

  • yeah I'm so happy this video has been approved

  • it is about midday now and I've actually got quite a bit done I've edited a little

  • bit of a video I've sent some stuff to my manager and now I'm actually gonna

  • get back onto the life of doing my graphic design stuff which is the stuff

  • I enjoy the most so I'm changing up where I'm sitting I'm gonna go and ruin this

  • lovely bed I'm gonna sit there and create some new little elements for my

  • new website my website has yet to launch is almost ready I've not given myself

  • like a date or anything yet because I don't want to put the pressure up myself

  • I'm a little bit scared but if you do want to sign up to be like notified when it

  • does go live because on there is gonna be freebies and downloads and tutorials

  • and basically anything you could need as a graphic designer so if you're looking

  • for something like that you can sign up and you'll get an email when the website

  • goes live and I won't spam you because spam emails are the bane of my life

  • this is the time of day actually when I'll put something on the telly because

  • I usually end up working in silence because I concentrate better when it's

  • silent but then when I sit on the office bed I will put like a documentary or

  • something on so I have like background viewing of some sort on but yeah these

  • are the template things I have been making I've used illustrator and

  • so far I've got let me just zoom out well I'm using illustrator with the

  • wrong hand a little sneak peek of other things I've

  • made there but I have four so far ones kind of half done but these are little

  • Instagram story templates so I'll zoom in on one so you can see what I mean so

  • you've probably seen them before you have a little template you screenshot it

  • and it says like my favorites and you answer the questions and then at the

  • bottom it has my Instagram handle and my website so it's kind of like a fun

  • interactive way of promoting myself I'm having quite a lot of fun working out

  • what to write on these I've got a few different example over on my Pinterest

  • and I'm kind of grabbing ideas from a bunch of different designs and then

  • shoving them on here I think I'm gonna make like ten that's five pretend I've

  • got two hands out I think I'm gonna make like ten of these and then put them

  • up for like download on my website and then also put them on my Instagram as

  • blanks so people can have them but that will all be released when my website is

  • released because I'm not releasing it yet as you guys know

  • I've done making those little templates and I'm gonna put them on my

  • website soon but I have just got an email about a logo design and I thought

  • I'd show you my method for gathering information and getting the right

  • information off my clients so I have this form here which I created on Google

  • Forms and I just put my branding in the background and made it kind of my colours

  • and on here I have various questions that I asked potential clients what

  • they're after so what is the name of your business

  • please tell me a bit about it what is the purpose of your logo where will it

  • be used this one's really important to decide whether you need it to be print

  • ready or digital ready or both so that's quite an interesting question to ask and

  • what is the deadline tell me everything you can about the people that will be

  • using it so basically what's their target audience who are your competitors

  • what do you like and then here yeah what do you like so here is a option for you

  • to add files of logos that you've seen that you like the look of so I can see

  • what kind of vibe you are looking at and then can I share your logo on my

  • youtube channel just so I'm checking just in case I do film the process and

  • then you can answer all them and submit them so basically that has really really

  • helped me kind of decipher the different things my client wants and I'll know

  • right from the get-go when it needs to be finished what kind of application

  • they're gonna be putting it on whether it's gonna be digital or print and just

  • a bunch of different questions and that can add and edit that template as much

  • as I need to so probably in the near future I'll be changing that but I found

  • that super super helpful and then anytime I've sent that out to anyone

  • I'll get a notification from Google when it's been filled in and I can read the

  • response download the images that they've attached to it and it's a good

  • way of me kind of working out what quote to give because I get asked quite a lot

  • what I charge and it differs every single time honestly it's like how

  • long's a piece of string because it depends on the project it depends on how

  • long it's gonna take the complexity of it and like a lot of things so yeah when

  • people ask how much graphic designers charge it is really difficult to answer

  • that question I still I'm not quite sure I usually go off people in similar

  • fields as me I'll go on their website see if they've got any rates and kind of

  • go off that or I'll judge it client by client so if that client has a bigger

  • budget I'll probably charge a little bit more spend a bit more time on it and if

  • they've got a lower budget I will accommodate my services to them so I

  • will tailor it to fit their budget but also not leave myself out of pocket if

  • that makes sense so yeah it's hard to describe what I charge because it's very

  • different and the kind of work I do is very different or hopefully a little

  • template like that will help you come up with a way and be a bit more clear about

  • what it is your client wants yeah today's being quite productive actually

  • I'm gonna put those templates up on my website I've been using Squarespace for

  • my website a little bit a lot previously I've used like WordPress and I used a

  • photography one Zenfolio I think I used actually yeah couple years ago and

  • Squarespace is by far the easiest one I've used so far so I'm gonna go onto

  • that now and check that everything's okay I'm gonna import those few files

  • that I've just made and I'm gonna make a little template cover thing for it and

  • I'll give you a bit of a sneak preview of my website I don't know how much to

  • show you actually but yeah so this is the behind-the-scenes of my website when

  • it loads my Internet's being slow and currently if you search my website this

  • is the page that comes up it's just kind of like a holding page because I don't

  • want you guys to see the full thing straight away and then down here

  • is the various different bits it does take a bit of work getting used to when

  • it's first kind of presented to you but now it is the most seamless website I've

  • ever had these are my different pages I've got a home page and about page

  • tutorials page creator toolkit and a shop the creator toolkit is the thing

  • that is the kind of top secret element and I'm very excited to reveal that that

  • is where my free templates will be going that is where

  • any freebies and downloads I will be putting in there and then

  • anything of a bit more value will be going in my shop

  • so yeah what page shall I show you I'll show you my tutorial page so

  • obviously this is the view that I see but you get the idea

  • so this is the kind of vibes procreate tutorials illustrator tutorials

  • Photoshop tutorials you can click through there's a drawing I did of my

  • pal Hannah I love that drawing um and yeah I've been working on creating all

  • these graphic and it's just been taken along Oh focus I believe in you camera

  • there we go and it's just been taking a long time to get the various different

  • elements done and getting it how I want it to be but yeah like I said at the

  • beginning of the video if you want to subscribe not subscribe if you want to

  • sign up to my website and be there when it launches just head over to

  • alicethorpe.co.uk put your email address in and it will

  • email you when it goes live which is gonna be in the near future as long as I

  • keep working hard and getting these bits done

  • it is getting pretty dark now what time is it half past six and I've just done a

  • few little sketches for some phone wallpaper ideas I am making I asked on

  • Instagram actually for your favorite girl power like inspirational quotes and

  • I'm gonna put them in two cute little phone wallpapers so I was just doing

  • some sketches and stuff to work out what kind of layouts i want and what ideas I

  • have so that was really nice I am losing motivation a little bit

  • which is annoying it is half 6 to be fair I have been in the office for like

  • a full office day I'm gonna carry on gonna power through and I'm watching a

  • youtube video and I think I'm gonna pick my laptop up again I'm gonna send the

  • drawings over to my laptop because I drew them on my iPad if you're wondering

  • by the way I have the iPad pro it's like the original version there's a new one

  • out now which does look amazing but don't want to break my bank account so

  • yeah I have the iPad pro in like the bigger size what the size that is and

  • the Apple pencil an amazing investment I bought it like when I was in my final

  • year at uni last year and I don't regret it after all I got it on Amazon I like a

  • refurbished rate it was like a secondhand one and it worked amazingly

  • so I'll leave the link to that in my description as I always do because I get

  • a lot of questions about that oh and the case and stuff I'll leave the link to

  • the case and this thing and I just added this thing on it so I don't lose my pen

  • it's just like an elasticated thing and then the case turns the screen on and

  • off when you open and close it the one thing I do really want to finish today

  • is putting those Instagram story templates on my website that's the one

  • thing I want to get done

  • I'm hiding the rest of them because I want to keep that a surprise but I've

  • got the templates up on my website so you can download them as soon as the

  • website goes live whoo it is now half past 8:00 in the evening

  • and I think I'm done I'm done for the day I can't promise I'm not gonna look

  • at my emails or like edit an Instagram photo but in terms of design stuff

  • I'm done I have completed what I wanted to complete plus some I actually have

  • just made two phone wallpapers from a pattern that I'd made like last week

  • these are the wallpapers so these will be on my website and yeah this one that's

  • just like sloths against a white background and then sloths who are sleepy

  • here that says it's never too early for a nap can totally relate really happy

  • with those and I've just uploaded them to my website as well I've made the

  • little image for it so I've got more done today than I hoped for which is

  • good I hope you've enjoyed this day in the life of a graphic designer video I

  • will say every single day is different I suppose that's the nature of working

  • freelance very very soon I'm gonna have to sort out my taxes because the end of

  • the tax year is coming which is so boring if you would like a video around

  • that and something more like financee background rather than the shiny fun

  • stuff you know let me know give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it let

  • me know if you watched it all the way to the end that all that always intrigues

  • me actually who watches it to the end you've got some major dedication comment

  • down below sloths if you got to the end or I love sloths

  • something to do with sloths just so I know that you saw the wallpapers but

  • yeah thanks for watching and I'll see you soon for another video

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