When you contact professional graphic designers, the process of moving from the first contact to obtaining a print design is quite a lengthy one. It isn’t dissimilar to other times you need a graphic design done, such as for a website or for signage, so if you have experience with those things but not with print design, it won’t be unfamiliar.
The first step is to make sure that you’ve contacted a real professional. By real, I mean somebody with a good reputation, which you can either determine by contacting others in the business world; looking for a recommendation, or by looking online for details about a graphic designer. Looking online is an option that gets better all of the time, with more businesses than ever before conducting their business over the internet. We also have a number of websites which offer fairly reliable review systems, where you can look at reviews.
The next step is to tell them about your business and your ideas for what design you would like. It may be best if you don’t depend too greatly on getting the design you would expect as the designer may have some better ideas.
After you’ve done this step, the ball moves into the designer’s court, where they have to give you a number of rough designs. From these designs, you can choose which elements you prefer, and from there they can then refine a design that more accurately meets your specifications.