I want to create a small book summarising my research and need someone to create the cover design and interior. The content is 6 chapters for a total ~165 MS Word pages, including ~40 images or tables. The job needs to be completed by 01.03.2015 as it needs to be printed. Adobe InDesign would be a plus.
Skills: adobe indesign, cover design, graphic design
“I hired Jake to create the design for the cover and the inside layout of my thesis book (190 pages with ~30 figures and 20 tables).
Jake claimed that he had no other ongoing projects and could focus entirely on this one to deliver results quickly.
After 1 week (out of 2 scheduled), Jake han't sent me anything, so I asked for an update and realised he had not started at all! With only half the time left, I prompted him to deliver quickly...but to no avail. Jake was not responsive at all and kept me completely in the dark, just sending me results when he had some (almost never more than once a day, even for very small corrections).
Regarding the cover, Jake totally lacked imagination / design and he simply pasted the images I gave him with the title above. The few attempts he did at addingadditional layout elements were tasteless and I ended up white a page with an image I provided and the title above. I could have done it myself in 30mins and was not happy with this part!
Regarding the inside layout, Jake provided a first draft which followed some (but not all) of my guidelines. After a few iterations, he converged onto what I had in mind with an overall good design. The problem (and where lots of time was lost!) is that he never paid attention to details: leaving half pages blank, not caring whether a table was formatted or not, being inconsistent in making a title page or not ,etc. etc. This lead to many many iterations, with some problems noted several times and not corrected. In the end, I had to spend about 1/2day myself (granted I am not a design professional) to finish the work because we had reached a point where it took longer for me to write reviews than to do it myself.
In short, given Jake's portfolio and past reviews I was very disappointed with his rather unprofessional and uninspired performance. The project ended 1 week late, partly due to revision on the documents I provided and partly due to Jake's work.”