March 24, 2020

Offering free logo designs in a time of trouble


First, I hope that you are still healthy and well. This whole situation with the Corona virus and lock downs has turned life upsite down for many of us. After a press conference last night of our prime minister it looks like the Netherlands is having at least some form of lock down till June 1st. New announcements about the situation will be made when necessary. It's just an unreal situation. On one hand I get it, we need to make sure our health care system can deal with the number of patients they are caring for, on the other hand it's a challenge for most people to be mostly housebound for such long period of time.

I've been personally affected by the situation since both my parents (they are 70 years old) contracted the virus. My dad seems to be doing okay, but my mom has been ill for 5 weeks now. They have both been in a hospital in Spain (they were on vacation) for over a week with a pneumonia and respiratory problems and now back at home my mom is still not doing well. Needless to say these are difficult times, especially since I can't visit them. Thank God for FaceTime ;-)

As if worries about the physical health of people aren't enough, we will all be facing the economical consequences these lock downs will have. People might lose their jobs or go bankrupt if they are self employed and their business has been shut down due to the lock downs. It's just awful.

OFFERING FREE LOGO DESIGNS TILL THE END OF MAY 2020

But instead of feeling helpless and depressed, maybe we could think of ways how to help build society up again once this is over. With that in mind I started thinking about what I could do to help. Since I will be home even more than usual I have decided to start offering my design services to people that need a (new) logo for their small business. Building up ones business after this whole Corona virus time will be hard enough and I can imagine that a lot of small business owners can't make a huge investment in logo and branding design at such a time. Therefore I am offering my logo design skills for free till the end of May.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A FREE LOGO DESIGN?

Basically any small business owner may apply for a free logo design. Whether you are a photographer, have a coaching business or sell handmade products, if you think a (new) logo can benefit your business during and after these difficult times you can reach out to me.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A FREE LOGO DESIGN

If you would like me to design a custom logo for your small business, please get in touch with me via daphnepopuliers@gmail.com

I would love to hear from you why you could use a logo design and what your business is all about.

I will get back to you as soon as possible with a questionnaire you have to fill in so that I can get a good idea of what you would like to see in your logo design and for which purposes you would need the logo.

 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME

I will dedicate a couple of hours each day to these free logo designs. I estimate that I can help out around 15 to 20 people till the end of May. I will make a schedule on a first-come-first-serve base so I can let you know when I can start the designing process for your logo.

In case I get more than 15-20 applications I will put the people that reach out to me after those first 15-20 applications on a reserve list. If there is room for me to do more or I decide to extend the period after the end of May I will put you on my schedule.

As a designer I have worked with small business owners that hired me because they liked my feminine designs that often hold watercolor elements in them. I am posting a couple of pictures below of the logos I have made for clients in the past so you can get an idea of what my design style is. It is important that it appeals to you. Of course, after filling in the questionnaire we will discuss your wishes and ideas for a logo and what I can and can not deliver.

The free service only applies to 1 logo design. Based on the answers in your questionnaire I will make 3 draft versions for you and we will fine tune the one you like most into your final logo design. Please understand that since this is a free service and I will be serving other clients as well I can not offer limitless revisions. A maximum of 3 rounds of revisions is allowed after picking out you favorite draft version.

Also, I am only offering free LOGO designs. Business card designs, social media banners and full branding packages do not fall into that category. When you receive your final logo files from me you will be able to create these items yourself with the tutorials you find on this website: dutchladylogoguide.blogspot.com

Let's make the best of this time together! I would love to hear from you and when you have a free service to offer yourself please share it with us all in the comment section!

~ love, Daphne





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March 20, 2020

A fairytale freebie in these times of darkness


Hi guys & girls! Are you also stuck at home for most of the time because of the regulations around the Corona virus? Here in the Netherlands we don't have a total lock down yet, but we are asked to stay and work at home as much as possible and to only go out in public if really necessary. Since I work from home anyways, my life hasn't drastically changed since the virus entered our country. My kids still live at home but are young adults who can keep themselves busy, so I am not stuck at home with young school kids that need entertainment and home education.

I realize that I am in a very fortunate situation. My husband has an office job and is able to work most of his hours from home as well. So we are good. But my heart goes out to all the people that work in health care, other forms of care, first response jobs, shop personel and all other people in jobs that need to be done outside the safety of home. My heart also goes out to all the people that have already lost their income and/or jobs because of this situation, and all the people that will face a huge financial burden because of this sitation. And last, but not least, all the people that are sick or have a loved one sick or in some cases even deceased already from this virus, my heart goes out to you!

I hope we will all be able to keep hope and help each other out if needed. Society and the world might change because of this, but change can be positive, so let's focus on that.

To share a little positivity myself with my blog readers, I am sharing 3 free clipart images. What's not positive about fairy cakes, right? You can use the clipart images for your personal creative projects, maybe get creative with the kids that you might have at home all day long now, but you may also use them commercially. Print them on T-shirts, mugs and other items, create card designs or other printables with them and make some money with it. Wishing all of you love and light in times like these! 

~ Love, Daphne






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