When it comes to looking for graphic design professionals, you really have the entire world as an option. There are artists in every corner of every country, and thanks to the internet and the availability of open source software, the competition is getting fiercer. So the problem now is more of trying to find the people who can do good work, who communicate well, and who are dependable, no matter where they are and no matter what time zone they’re in. This can be a pretty difficult task, especially if you’re looking for special skills.
Since there are a lot more artists and designers out there, there’re a lot more names, profiles and resumes to wade through. How can you find someone with all that noise, and without having to spend so much time on the search? Well, one of the most tried and true ways to go about this is to ask around. Talk to your colleagues and friends, and to the other people in your social circles. Find out if they’ve hired an artist or designer recently. Ask them where they found the person. Was their experience a pleasant one? Was the work completed well? Keep on asking questions until you hopefully find someone that they can recommend, who also fits your needs.
Then, when you’ve found some potential candidates, you can go ahead and contact them. It will help if you do a bit of research on them first, if possible. Check if they have any online portfolios. Or if they have publicly accessible social media accounts, take a look if they’ve posted any samples of their work there. As far as the logistics side goes, also do some research on how to perform transactions with them. Does the person accept payment only through a limited set of channels? Will you have to figure out how to send money to Australia or the Philippines? It may seem like a cumbersome process at first, but once you have things set up with someone you trust, you’ll be in good shape.