We all love art and we all love to be creative! Our mission has been to focus on supporting artists like you by creating a community where you can be inspired and share your artwork. But wouldn’t it be much sweeter if you had a little extra support?
That’s where the pingg Plus Premium Designer program comes in: by becoming a Premium Designer, every time a host uses one of your designs, you get paid!
So, how do you become a premium designer? Once you have joined the pingg Design Community, and you’ve created a portfolio of designs, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating you’d like to be considered to become a premium designer. We’ll take a look at your portfolio and, if your work meets our editorial standards, we’ll add you to the roster of pingg Plus Designers.
Broadly speaking, when considering an artist for the pingg Plus Premium Designer program we look for:
1. Good Design
3. Consistency & Originality
4. Community Participation
1. Good Design
Well, no surprise here. Although the scope of a good design is so grand, when you’re creating a design keep one thing in mind: your user. We, the graphic fanatics, adore our iPhones, because of their kick-ass design and, most importantly, because they’re user friendly. The same concept applies to invite or ecard designs. Regardless of how mind blowing your design is, if the user has to struggle to add text because your text field is too small, or can’t find the right color for the text that would stand out in a busy design, they’ll get frustrated and move on to another design.
Also, the user may want to add a picture to the invite, but only if their image works with your design. If you believe your design is strong and should stand on its own, don’t let it compete with other elements like text boxes and picture windows. Instead, leave them out! pingg’s ecards and invites allow additional text customization and picture options on the event web page. So relax; you’re not taking away any of the customizing capabilities from your users. Add text boxes and picture windows judiciously. Make the right decisions to simplify and enhance the user’s experience with your design.
Check out these examples:
Future Customer designed by The New Yorker
Here, The New Yorker makes an excellent choice by choosing not to add the text box, otherwise the text would’ve competed with the design.
Spring Picnic designed by Jenean Morrison
Jenean Morrison leaves the text area simple, so that it doesn’t compete with the rest of her design. Despite many different components of her design, she unifies them with the colors and the relationship between shapes.
Because many pingg users come to pingg with a specific event in mind, we highly encourage our designers to create designs that are event-specific. Before creating/uploading designs, think about upcoming events/holidays, or take a look at our top categories, such as birthday or wedding. Upload designs that are based on those events, and you’ll be surprised how much more frequently your designs are used. The truth is, users don’t want to second-guess what your design is for. A specific, relevant design makes it easy for users to find that design, and increases the chances of that design being selected.
Wedding Dress designed by Jessica Swift
For example, a host looking for their sister’s bachelorette party goes to the Wedding category and finds this design. Cute. SOLD! Wow, that was simple!
3. Originality & Consistency
Originality is what makes your designs memorable and, with the right combination of good design, desirable.
Once you have the basic design elements down, start asking yourself specific questions: what else can I do with the texture? the lines? the shapes? Should I add more or leave room for the imagination? What other colors can I use? Make sure to stay on a clear design path when you ask these questions, because if you stray away too far, the users may never find you.
Once you have the right questions, keep the originality consistent throughout your designs. Now you have succeeded at impressing the users, you want them to come back to your collection for their next events. Brand yourself, so the users can recognize your work. Here are few examples:
Fenderskirts Vintage--Vintage Illustrations
Jason Naylor--Simple black, San Serif typography of (seemingly) vulgar messages
Katie Crawford--Soothing color pallets & animal illustrations.
Lindsay Brackeen--Crafts & Letters & Textures
We would also like to see how actively you participate in promoting you profile and collection. We supply you with the tools you need to promote your designs under the “promotional material” section of pingg Studio, but it’s up to you to spread the word. Take advantage of social networks like Facebook or Twitter. If you have your own website or blog, use the buttons and banners that we have created for you. Also, if you see any design that you like within pingg, feel free to leave a comment, because ‘Spread the Art’ also means supporting your fellow designers. So we’ve got your back. Now start designing!