frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much should I budget for a design project? 

We offer various product packages for branding, design support, strategy, design systems, illustration, and UI/UX design. Each package is tailored to your unique project, and the prices vary.

Generally, most projects range from $2,000 to >$20,000—depending on the type of project, scope, timeline, and revisions. All our pricing is based on hourly cost—$150/hr (as of November 2022). Additional changes, revisions, and scope can increase the final cost of a project.

Example: A simple brand system project starts at $3000 (20 hours of budgeted work) and increases with additional items added to the scope—collateral, extended logo configurations, brand toolkit, etc.—and change orders/revisions.

For those of you who are looking for long-term engagement and retainers—spanning three (3) months or more—we offer retainers and discounts for long-term contracts. Each retainer is based on a set number of hours each week—4 weeks per month.

How soon can I start a project with you?

New engagements—project-based or retainer—usually can start within two (2) to four (4) weeks, depending on our current capacity planning. If you need a project to start sooner, a rush fee may be added to your total cost

The more time we have before starting your project, the more time we can prepare, and the better we can meet your creative needs.

How long do your projects take?

The timeline for any project or engagement depends on factors such as: the project type, scope, revisions, and, most importantly, communication. The sooner we receive feedback and information from you, the sooner we can complete your project.

Example: Branding projects take between 2-4 weeks for simple projects, but can take 6-12 weeks for more complex projects.

Are there any projects you don’t take on?

We currently don't take on any projects that are for spec (free). We are only looking for paid projects with a minimum budget of $5,000 for branding and $2,500 for illustration work.

We also do not take on projects for religious organizations, tobacco, or firearms—out of personal preference.

We are not looking for any UI/UX based projects (mobile or web). We take on simple web design projects when bundled with branding, but not stand-alone web design projects. 

If you need help finding someone who can help with these types of projects, we can help refer you.

How do I know if Blue Cyclops is the right agency for my project?

Let’s get to know each other — contact us using the form above to start a conversation. We partner with our clients to help them accomplish their goals — whether that’s through branding, illustration, or graphic design.

If we're not the right fit for your project, we are willing to refer someone who might be!

Are you hiring or looking for freelancers?

We are currently reaching out to freelance designers and illustrators to join our team. We are not taking cold applications. Sign up for our email list below, and if we do put out a call for portfolios and resumes, and you’ll be the first to know.

Please do not fill out the contact form above with portfolios or resumes. Thank you. (:

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