To hire a designer, should I: 1. look at work that is similar to what I want to do, call the company who is doing business with that designer and ask who designed it? 2. search on the internet for a designer and ask for samples/references, rates, what other services are available? 3. do it myself. I'm cheap 4. Contact a design school? Is there some kind of designer showcase website with a good rep? In short, I have been making flyers/post cards for cooking classes/parties that I have been giving locally (template design with Pages). I have been doing pretty well with that although it's mostly through word of mouth. Now, I want to expand to do something in the same category but bigger and a little different. I (think) I need a designer to work with me on a logo, flyers, post cards, letterhead, and other marketing materials. Also, just out of curiousity, how much should I expect to spend (very ballpark!) One more thing: Does a designer give me files to get printed, or do they get a better rate with printers etc? I'm concerned because I would need my promotional material to be different every time. Is it economical to have the designer update for different themes, or should I get a theme and modify the dates/wording myself? Thank you all in advance!