Patrick van der Helm

I'm a Jack of All Trades, Master of some, main ones of which are Signage and Graphic Design. I'm trained in signage and print design (magazines, brochures, business cards, etc...) and have worked in these industries the last 15 years, doing anything from business cards and magazines to signage fabrication and installation. I have also done work in creating custom trophies etc, a position bordering on production design.

my core skills

Print Design

Print Production Liaison

Signage Design

Custom Fabrication

Sign installation

Q & A

Whats the best thing to happen to you in your career to date?

Variety. It is the spice of life and has allowed me to get into contact with lots of different aspects of graphic design and the creativity and people who come with it. I enjoy bringing my clients' ideas to life!

What does a typical work week look like for you?:

There really is no such thing as a typical week for me. One week I work on signs for a new shop front, another I'm laying out a magazine. Than there are weeks where I get a bit of everything from simple name engraving to custom trophy designs. Of course, it could also be a custom wrap design for a race car, or a fleet of company vehicles!

Describe your working environment in a few sentences..

I was going to say my work environment is my computer and office, but other times I am in the garage wrapping a car with something unique and special I have created. So maybe for me, its about the people and what we all bring to the table in order to give life to an idea.

What sets you apart from other freelancers in your industry?

What sets me apart is the breadth of my work I have worked in a large range of related industries, doing designs for furniture to awards, magazines to shopfronts. We are all special and unique in our experience and what we can offer.

What are the tools of your trade?

I use a range of computer software, depending on what I am working on. The main design programs I use are Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. For Signage I use a range of tools and machines and outsource what I don't have the machines for myself (yet).

Do you collaborate with others? If yes, how does that works?

Yes for sure. Marketing and PR professionals may pass on design work to me, or other graphic designers who are too busy. I also work with other signage install contractors if I am too busy or don't have the equipment required. Of course, sometimes its not ideal to have too many people involved, like with designing custom items. Production often puts limitations in place which you need to keep in mind when designing for it.

Whats been the biggest freelancing lesson to date?

Mistakes will happen. What matters is how you deal with them.

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