If you are in Blogging then you must have heard about Ifham Khan.
Why I am saying so?
Because he is one of the rising logo designer whose designed logos are shining at the headers of many big blogs. Even our logo Blogging Cage is also designed by him.
I know him from a long time, and he has got such a huge fame in very short time, that is very appreciable. In such a short span of time this man has proved himself and making blogging community more attractive with his creative logo designs.
His website Mash Designing have become very loving website among designers and learners. On his website he share verious Photoshop tutorials and tips to make money as freelancer.
I got the chance to ask some questions from him. So here is the full conversation between us !!
1. Tell us about you
My name is Ifham khan, basically an Engineering student, but also a Graphic and a Logo Designer. Started freelancing back three months. A future Software engineer. An Anchor, who host Local programs, a guy who always try to learn something new every time. A hardcore fan Photoshop, And had a plan to become Photographer.
2. What is your basic qualification and why you decided logo designing as your career and how supporting your parents were in this decision?
I just completed my 12th grade Exam, and had taken admission in IT Engineering to become a software engineer, as I always dream to create softwares. Apart from these official qualification. I also completed my abacus Mind development course from Mumbai.
Actually I accidentally entered in logo designing, I wanted to be a programmer and I am learning it. Well my parents are very happy seeing my success, I am helping them in all possible ways.
3. How you came into blogging?
Blogging was always my dream, but very frankly, I didn’t know the exact meaning of blogging when I started my first website (ifham.weebly.com) in 2006 which was hosted in weebly.com, and really I learn many things from my website. Then I started my custom domain blog (Geekspalace.com) with my friends who all are my classmates.
But later it was sold due to some issue’s. Again I started my designing website, which gave me zero orders per month, so I decided to make it a branded designing blog and now Its running well. Actually I inspired by my father, who is also a writer in many major newspapers.
4. You logos are very creative and very awesome color combinations. How are you getting those ideas and how you proceed for any logo?
The best way to design a perfect or I can say creative logo design is to brainstorm first. When you start brainstorming, idea comes automatically. The first step to create a perfect logo is to sketch the idea.
5. How much time you are spending for Learning?
I am really a keen learner but only on which I have interest not my college subjects. I learn almost 3-4 hour daily, which is related to designing, and how to become a professional Logo designer 😛
6. For your business promotion what methods you are trying and which worked best for you?
Freelancing is all about recommendation, but blog is another tool to promote your business, all you need to know is how to use it.
7. How you are monetizing your all sites how you are managing them?
I am using many types of monetizing websites, it depends on the niche of the site. But mainly I focus on my service site and it works the best. Managing is so many sites is hectic, Mostly I hire people to complete the job. Currently 2 people are working for me for my blogs.
8. Which websites are your source of inspiration?
No I don’t use any site for inspiration, but I always visit Google Images to cross check the designs I create. But as for other designer, I recommend to visit logopond.com, for inspiration of Logos. Also a designer should not be exist in online, he/she can visit different offline places like Malls, shopping centre, Railway stations to get inspiration as there are lots of designs are available in the form of advertise.
9. Which tools you are using to design such creative logos, and what tools a newbie can use to enter in this field?
Photoshop and illustrator are my all time favorite designing software. A newbie should learn the basic of logo designing first, and then jump to the complex part. Typography is the first lesson they should learn and understand.
10. In your words what is the benefit of a website?
Ans: A website or blog is a backbone of a freelance designer, I have written an article Why Freelance Designer should have a blog? In my opinion every designer or freelancer should have blog to reach new people and clients too.
11. You got many big clients for their logo design. According to you what was the biggest factor that they chosen you?
Mostly they hire me by seeing my creative logos. Admit it, if your work is best people will find you. And people recommend according to the work.
12. How people react when they know you are a blogger?
They say blogger, what does it means?, again I have to spend my 30 minutes to explain what is blogger (:D) but when I visit professional meet ups, They just don’t believe, really you are a blogger? And they even more shocked when I told them that I am a logo designer.
13. For you what does client means?
For me client means, my designing career, Because without clients I am nothing. And as logo designing is one of the most competitive field in designing, it's very hard to catch new customers every time. But you can get more and more clients with some simple logic, discipline and professionalism
14. What are your future plans?
Wants to become one of the top Logo Designer, I mean people recommend me when it comes to Logo design.
15. You suggestion for people who wants to make their career in logo designing.
Ans: Logo designing is one of the best way to make money nowadays. I always suggest people to learn first and then jump in the market. Don’t build an amateur avatar by providing cheap quality logos.