Print + Web Designer | Marketing Communications Consultant
Angie’s Creative. It is the name of her freelance design boutique serving happy clients since 2008 but it is also who Angie Hughes IS. She is creative in business, in design and in all areas of her life.
With a Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a 20-year work history in Marketing Communications, Angie puts her creativity second however to her heart for giving her clients the online advantage of her expertise which includes: BRANDING | E-NEWSLETTERS | LOGOS | MIXED MEDIA | PRINT DESIGN | WEBSITES
Her drive to help small business owners and see them succeed has preempted her clients to refer to her as enthusiastic, generous, patient and a great coach! Angie’s beautiful online presence is art imitating life as she is even more dynamic and passionate in person giving her that rare ability to float between her design work, marketing acumen and live appearances as a presenter and teacher. Now that’s CREATIVE.
What is your typical process for working with a new client?
I like to start with a short conference call to discuss the client’s needs and then follow up via email with a range estimate. If at that point we seem like a good fit then an in person meeting is scheduled to discuss detailed scope of project, your target audience, goals, timeline etc… followed by a definitive proposal/estimate/contract.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a Business Administration (Marketing emphasis) graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth and studied Graphic and Interior Design at Dakota County Technical College. I am also a mixed media artist and sell work at local art shows. Prior to becoming a freelance designer, I served as Director of Communications for a 4,500+ member non-profit, managed internal communications as a marketing specialist for an international technology company, and in the 90’s worked as a Marketing Associate and Trainer for an independent computer training company (I wrote training manuals by learning new software and taught classes to business professionals – best skill learned – I can teach myself about anything).
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service?
Websites are by contract billed generally in three payments (1/3 down, 1/3 after 30 days, and final payment at project completion). Logos, print and other short-term projects are billed at project completion.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As a Marketing Communications Specialist I outsourced designers for web and print and would tweak designs. When I moved to non-profit I designed and managed the organization’s website and re-designed all print collateral.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I typically work with small to medium-sized businesses and/or start-ups. Clients are from all industries: service, retail (storefronts and e-commerce), non-profit, consultants, product developers, authors, musicians etc…