Domain name for a Freelance Graphic Designer

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Hello,
My name is Piotr Sierant, I am a graphic designer from Poland building a website for english speaking clients (want to go international). I cannot decide on my core domain name.

Could You tell me, what name looks and sounds best for you? And of course is not wierd, because a lot of people are paranoid about opening websites with some exotic extensions.

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My surname sierant.com is taken by pretty big polish company (they make windows). I can register sierant.co or sierant.me - but I am afraid people will be directed to sierant.com

2.
my initials + grfx... psgrfx.com - it is short and have .com extension and I have it already. Does it look wierd, like 6 random letters? (Even psgrfx@gmail.com was available, so it is kind of unusual)

3.
my initials + design - psdesign.com is taken by another graphic studio but I can have psdesign.co It looks good because .PSD (PSDesign.co) is Photoshop file extension, but same thing with sierant.com - I am afraid people will be directed to psdesign.com

4.
Another idea - look2.me

Could You give me your first impressions when you look at:

sierant.me
sierant.co

psgrfx.com

psdesign.co
psdesign.me

look2.me

(or maybe different idea?)
Generally I am looking for a word that means something for english and polish speaking clinets. Do You know any polish word? For example "na zdrowie" (it means "cheers"). And pls do not say "vodka"

Big THX for any help!
#designer #domain #freelance #graphic
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  • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
    Originally Posted by panpiotr View Post

    Hello,
    My name is Piotr Sierant, I am a graphic designer from Poland building a website for english speaking clients (want to go international). I cannot decide on my core domain name.

    Could You tell me, what name looks and sounds best for you? And of course is not wierd, because a lot of people are paranoid about opening websites with some exotic extensions.

    1.
    My surname sierant.com is taken by pretty big polish company (they make windows). I can register sierant.co or sierant.me - but I am afraid people will be directed to sierant.com

    2.
    my initials + grfx... psgrfx.com - it is short and have .com extension and I have it already. Does it look wierd, like 6 random letters? (Even psgrfx@gmail.com was available, so it is kind of unusual)

    3.
    my initials + design - psdesign.com is taken by another graphic studio but I can have psdesign.co It looks good because .PSD (PSDesign.co) is Photoshop file extension, but same thing with sierant.com - I am afraid people will be directed to psdesign.com

    4.
    Another idea - look2.me

    Could You give me your first impressions when you look at:

    sierant.me
    sierant.co

    psgrfx.com

    psdesign.co
    psdesign.me

    look2.me
    Look2.me, sounds like you are selling glasses, sierant sounds like you have W10, and are trying to create something similar, (to the perminant Cortana) or ride Microsofts, onslaught?

    The ps,......is too hard to remember, and look2.me sounds like you are a life coach or worse selling insurance?

    psdesign.com, is probably the best one, just as long as the PSD is not Adobe copyright protected, (pretty sure that only Photoshop uses that name).

    Good luck.

    PS you are on your own with the Swedish translation, or whatever it was, l don't have that much time.

    And on further thought, Pidesign.com, might be another option, (you have a tough name to incorporate).

    Pi is part of your name, but the customer would see, piece of pi, or pi as in maths, l know it isn't perfect, but probably the best fit if you want your name included, (probably available).


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  • Profile picture of the author informative1
    Psdesign.com would be the best but since it's unavailable, I would go with some variation. Do you have a middle initial you could use e.g. plsdesign.com or something of the sort? I know that the alternative domains extensions are gaining popularity but I'm still not a big fan of them.

    Edited to add: how about just one of your names followed by design/designs?

    Like maybe:

    piotrdesigns.com
    sierantdesign.com
    sierantdesigns.com
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  • Profile picture of the author xeniux
    Please dont get me wrong, but if you want to be successful you might need to do keyword research first in order to determine the best domain name that relevant. Because you will do SEO on the site after you developed it.

    And if your domain name is relevant it might help you a lot in SEO, as Search Engines would match meta description also your domain name.

    That is why people are spending million $$$ just to buy a great domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    sierant.design

    I know you said, "And of course is not wierd, because a lot of people are paranoid about opening websites with some exotic extensions."

    The newer gTLD's are here to stay and are going to become more commonplace no matter what anyone tells you. Some of them are already ranking just as well as any other extension. A lot of the ones I have seen from IMers look foolish or amateurish. Ones that actually fit a business name and make sense can look cutting edge and professional. No matter what you choose you have to do your marketing anyway.

    For various reasons I don't like ANY of the options you have suggested.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    graphicdesign.shop is available but now won't be for long!

    Make it something that reflects what you do.

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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      Make it something that reflects what you do.
      I agree.

      No one cares who you are or what your name is. (No offense meant - it's the same for all freelancers.) Tell them what you do.

      I would still suggest finding a dot com extension - there are lots of great names still available in every niche. Dot com is the extension meant for commerce so if you're selling something it's most appropriate. And if you end up selling your business someday, you'll be glad you have a dot com domain name.

      Type in "graphics" or "graphicdesign" in one of these free tools and see what you can find:
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      Lean Domain Search

      Good luck,

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  • Profile picture of the author just Zer0
    Just throwing a few ideas your way:

    Why not try something like: Mr[surname].com?

    Another idea, a bit different: thepolishdesigner.com?
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  • Mosta your suggestions tell me nuthin' boutchya.

    They are insufficiently distinctive.

    Here is my definite article suggestion.

    1 show on Google so far, sorry 'bout the pun...
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
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  • Profile picture of the author panpiotr
    THX for Your comments guys. I made up colorove.com domain
    kolorowe means colorfull in PL, and in English you know better than I, what game of colorove word can mean, color rove, color love, and so on...
    It does not to be SEO wise, I do not believe in organic serarch, prefer paid Ads (cheaper, instant and more effective IMHO). I aim for short and creative name that makes sense in EN and PL language.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    Piotr,

    I like Janice's suggestion of using sierant.design because it combines your name (for branding purposes) and reflects the service you provide, as well.

    Another option is to simply use your name with a .com TLD:
    PiotrSierant.com
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