Do you design books, magazines or other editorial type publications?

Absolutely. My background is in editorial art direction and design. The publications I’ve worked for understand the power of images so I was fortunate to be able to use them large and well. I have a long history of working with pictures and all types of multi-page publications. E-books and iPad magazines are some of my favorite projects. I’ve used MagCloud, ReadyMag and Blurb, and worked with some very nice people who care about their craft and product: Edition One Books and Conveyor Editions.

How much does a website cost?

The cost of a website can vary widely. If you do a search for web design services I’m certain you’ll find a wide range of prices. When you work with me and my small team of developers and copywriters, a typical custom website can cost between $8,000 to over $10,000. This includes tried and true consultation (marketing and branding) sessions, content and brand research, custom design, code, implementation with a content management, training and essentially a solid system to move from project start to finish.

How long does it take to get a website?

Designing and developing a website from scratch can take several weeks or even several months. For smaller sites, I offer an in-person, one-on-one weekend web-building workshop to maximize efficiency. Not every project is eligible for this accelerated timetable. Every project varies in complexity and effort, but at the start of yours, I’ll provide you with milestones and a target date for completion.

Do you help with printing?

Yes, I do. The print world has its own jargon, and I know how to talk the talk. Plus, when I manage the printing process, you and I can both be assured that the paper choices and other decisions will display the design to its best advantage.

Are your deposits refundable?

No, all deposits are nonrefundable. Since I schedule projects in advance, your deposit is a way to secure your place on my calendar. Once I book you, I turn away other projects and if you back out, it leaves a hole that costs me and others who miss out on the opportunity to secure a coveted time slot.. Your deposit means we’re both fully committed to moving forward with your project at the appointed time.

What are your billing and invoicing options and terms?

I send invoices using a service called Harvest. You can pay by check made out to Cococello LLC or via PayPal. Once a contract is signed, I require a 50% deposit to secure your place. For print design projects, once the final design is approved, I send out an invoice for the remaining balance. I do offer payment plans for website projects in three or four installments. All payment details will be written in your project proposal’s terms and conditions.

What are your office hours?

I typically answer emails and schedule meetings during normal business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. My response time to emails is 24 to 72 hours. My preferred methods for calls are Skype or Google Hangout, scheduled in advance.

I thought you offered a branding design package?

There was a time when I offered an identity design package that included a logo, identity pieces, watermarks and social media branding elements. I am no longer offering this service; however, I highly recommend Tara Hogan of Ink + Wit for logo and identity design, along with a few others whose work I admire. Please contact me for referrals.

How much does a photo book design cost?

It depends on the scope of the design. Generally, I spend a minimum of 50 hours on this type of project and the starting cost is $5,225.

Can I talk with you about majoring in photography or design at the Newhouse School?

Absolutely. Email me at dpangdav@syr.edu and let me know you found me through my website. I'd love to hear from you.

Are you hiring?

Not at the moment, but if a position becomes available I’ll share the news through my email newsletter or blog. And I’ll always take on volunteer helper elves!