I heard that as a designer I should say away (far away) from using the title “Freelancer” because people will think you work for FREE. You are going to come across some people who believe that regardless. I getting tired of saying “Web/Graphic Designer”. It’s such a mouth full and is slowing become too blah. Although it’s what most people can identity with because its so common. It also makes me seem like I am a Jane of all Trade. Now don’t get me wrong I love learning and working on new and different challenges. How else will I grow as a designer, but shouldn’t do more what I love to?
I remember when walking home from school with my art folder or portfolio, one of my neigbors would always stop me and asking what I was going to schoool for. After I would tell him my major I would get a puzzle look in return. I just started breaking it down to the basics and say something like “I make things with the computer. You know stuff like posters, business cards”. That seem to work.
I don’t understand why we have such fancy names for degrees or job positions. I guess it makes us feel important. As I moved toward going into business for myself I have played around with many titles myself – CEO, Founder, even plain old Web and Graphic Designer (sometime times I would switch web and graphic around depending on which one I was loving the most at the time). I currently refer to myself as the Creative Principle of ArtDeal Designs (not the first company name I chosen but people seem to love this one better). I think I will stick with Creative Principle for now. It’s says I’m in the business of being creative and I’m the top Gal.
So what’s your title?