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So earlier this week I saw a couple of job postings in the GDF (Graphic Design Forum) in the classifieds section.  There was a request for a logo design and website design.  Now, most of the emails I send out to prospectives comes back with "I'm sorry but you are out of my budget".

This time I was pleasantly surprised.  I got a message from the person - they had added me on Skype.  Within an hour I had received full, upfront payment for the logo design. The next morning I received the signed contract.  Five hours later, after developing 9 versions, the logo design was complete (the client was on Skype the whole time which made the process much faster than normal).

So yesterday I find out the age of my client, after looking over the Skype details I hadn't noticed before.

I was working with a 16-year-old.  A 16-year-old that showed more sensibility than many job requests I see in here.  He wanted quality and was willing to pay for it.  In fact, he was the first person to not balk at my logo design prices this entire year (excluding existing clients that already knew my rates).  In addition, he speedily paid for licensing the two fonts I used without complaint.  

It was so incredibly refreshing.

Age matters not.
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Gamerwolf231 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student General Artist
This doesn't surprise me too much. I myself am a 15 year old looking into a Digital Graphic Design major. You just need to find the right kids that are interested enough to get the job done. Since we have a DGD class in my high school, I'm still taking it and I'm two projects ahead of everyone. And so far I have a 100% in the class as well. Unfortunately, I have no money so if I want to work on a piece, I have to go to school to use Adobe Illustrator.
snowyremy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
I wish i had money when i was 16
leipearmeen Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I'm 15 and my family is not that rich, we life with government support, but I make most of it :) I cannot wait to get my degree and show my parents (that doesn't support me) how good I am and succesfull
DaddyDemonDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
In my opinion, the younger generations are a little more appreciative of graphic art than older generations. I've always wondered if it was just a matter of growing up with computers. Hm. Food for thought.
CycronWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I hate it when people pass judgement on someone based on their age. Speaking as a 15 year old freelance web designer/developer. :ninja:
aibrean Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Well I don't have a problem with age as much as the ability to enter a contract.
CycronWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Student Interface Designer
If by the ability to enter a contract you mean legally binding by US law, then I really don't have much to say to that, it's just that US was being ageist by assuming that every person is matures at the same rate and is mature by 18, which is utterly false.

Not to keep saying everything's ageist, but we live in an ageist society. If someone was looking for someone to build their website, and lets say they find someone who's 30 and someone who's 15. Who do you think they're going to choose? The one who is 30, because somehow they think they will get better results. But as it turns out that the one who is 30 builds images in MS Paint, uses tables for layout, charges much more, and took a lot longer, while the one who is 15 would have made a professional looking wordpress based site, used standards compliant code, and got it done faster and cheaper because his cost of living wasn't as high.
aibrean Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
The law is the law though. While I agree some people are mature before they are 18, if you don't know them well enough (like a new client) there is no way to tell they won't run and you can be left high and dry and since the contract is not binding, they can get away with it.

I go by work, not age. Most of the people I've worked with in freelance I've never even seen in person.

If the person is willing to get a parent/guardian to sign the contract then it's a non-issue.
CycronWasTaken Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Interface Designer
I didn't mean to accuse you, I was just stating my point.

And yeah, having a parent sign sounds like a good idea.
LukasKokoska Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
yep new generation knows and prefer quality. I think it goes really really good way. Actually, in my country there are too much needs for designers and no money. Everybody wants everything for free or for symbolic price... hope it will change soon...
IIIXII Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011
This surprises me. I don't have any experience in the industry but still.

Nice. :)
ExoesqueletoDV Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The best clients I've had are not that young, but are my same age or a bit younger (I'm 23)
They don't complain when you tell them your rates, they don't complain when they have to sign the contract and they make everything easy.
But it just depends on the person as well, obviously. Unfortunately there's too much people unwilling to invest money in their brand...they just want to make money fast, spending as less as they can, and that's why there are many failure brands.
Not much time ago I came across a client of my same age who wanted me to make like 10 designs, using licensed material (with no permission of the owners of those licenses) for just 60$ per design. I mean, NO, I'm not doing that. And guess what he said...the same ol' excuse: "I can find someone who will make it for even less."
But fuck, I work with clients that work with me because they like my artwork, not because I have cheap rates.
OrangeIdea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Really surprised ;)
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