Sunday, 24 June 2018

Importance of Obtaining Original Files When Dealing with Graphic Designers

I often find myself in the position of designing a website or other form of documentation for a client that requires use of his company's logo, but he'll only have the logo in the form of JPG when a transparent GIF or PNG is preferable, and even with the latter two it's virtually impossible to make any kind of significant adjustments except for cropping and overall color changes.

When consulting a graphic designer for any kind of design it's always better to obtain a copy of the original graphics' file if you perceive you'll use it again in the future for any reason.  In other words if the product was designed in CorelDRAW then the client should try to obtain a copy of the original CorelDRAW file, even if he has no idea on how to use the program himself.  Yet I can't remember ever designing a website for anyone who had access to his original logo unless he designed it himself.  I think there are a number general reasons this happens:

1 - The graphic designer intentionally withholds the original file.  In other words the graphic designer may retain the original file so that whenever the client needs a modification he'll have to consult him, or it can be a scenario where the client hasn't paid in full and as such the designer desires to keep copyright over his work.  If you're a corporate or large-business entity it's advisable to even have the designer, if he's not an actually employee of yours, sign a contract giving you full copyright over the logo or whatever original work he has produced in your name. 

2 - The client never asks for the original file.  I believe this is the main culprit, as in this is what usually happens as opposed to the designer intentionally withholding information.  The client may be ignorant that he even needs the original file, thinking instead that if modifications are necessary he would just consult the original graphic designer.  But in some cases he may decide to use a different designer or even make modifications himself in order to save money, and if the original designer proves to be stubborn when asking for this data it can cause a serious headache as in having to get the work redone altogether.


I've found that most people seem to be shy in asking for the original file from a graphic designer after the work has already been done.  Therefore it is ideal to let the designer know, even before the work begins, that you expect a copy of the actual graphics' file once he's finished.  Some designers may charge extra for this, but I think in general once they realize the client is wise enough to even request such they'll just comply with little to no hassle.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ras Bobo's Artworks

Ras Bobo @ his new shop @ Ko-Sa Beach Resort in Elmina
GHfind is currently teaming up with Ras Bobo Anuah from the University of Cape Coast to feature and sell some of his original African artwork online to an international audience.

All paintings and carvings shown cost only $25.00USD.  Shipping is an additional charge, and we're currently researching to find out how much each item costs to send overseas though according to my calculations sending a painting over regular post to the States or Europe shouldn't cost more than $10, and as for the carvings I don't think they weigh even 1kilo.

The surface of the paintings are canvas, meaning they can easily be rolled up like a scroll and sent safely and affordably over regular mail.  The names of the pieces are simple but the artwork exquisite:
Black & White Mask by Ras Bobo
Carrying a Pot by Ras Bobo
Carrying Firewood by Ras Bobo
Culture Dancers by Ras Bobo
Efutu Village by Ras Bobo
Here are some of the carvings, paintings done over the carved-wooden shape of the African continent.  What I really like about them is that they even feature Madagascar:

Contact me for more information via email address or telephone number +233-54-769-4322, and pieces can also be sent intranationally to Ghanaian residents.  Each piece is a one-and-only original, so if you see something you like give make sure to give me a shoutout ASAP.  Money can be sent preferably using PayPal, a credit or debit card via WorldRemit.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

SoundHypeGH is a blog founded by Ceasar da Sniper, a music promoter from Somanya in the Eastern Region.  I was working on the site a few months ago, stopped but have now resumed since the beginning of this month.  Ceasar has moved on to start a new site called CeasarPromo, so now I have basically unfettered control over SoundHype, a blog whose primary purpose is to promote Ghanaian music artists.

Previously the site focused mostly on musicians from Kroboland, but I'm trying to spread the net more over the whole Ghana and indeed internationally hoping to feature artists, like my homeys Espresso Blaque, from Stateside soon.  My main goal as of right now is to be able to feature a new post daily in order to build-up regular viewership and expand the featured artists' chances of going viral and finding better recording deals, and my secondary goal is to get the logo redesigned since I don't have access to the original file.

So on that note for those of you that are interested in contemporary Ghanaian music I recommend you stay tuned to SoundHype, and any artists who want to be featured, from Ghana or abroad, should give me a shoutout on telephone number +233-54-769-4322 or email address