We all know that working with clients can be a tough gig. But what if we told you that there are some easy ways to make your designer happy, without sacrificing your own needs and ideas?
In this blog post, we'll lay out some simple tips on how to get the results you want from your designer, without driving them crazy in the process. Trust us, following these tips, will make your life (and your designer's life) a whole lot easier.
If you follow these simple tips, you can be sure to keep your designer happy - and get the results you want.
As much as we love our jobs, designers can be an easily agitated bunch. But it doesn't have to be that way! If you follow these simple tips, you can be sure to keep your designer happy - and get the results you want.
1. Specify your parameters BEFORE the project starts.
One of the most important things that you can do is to be clear about your parameters right from the start. What is the scope of the project? What are your budget constraints? What is the timeline? The more information that you can give your designer upfront, the better. That way, they can make sure that they are creating something that falls within your parameters.
And if there are any specific things that you have in mind, make sure to communicate that as well. The more specific you can be, the better. Designers are visual people, so if you can give them a specific idea of what you’re looking for, they can run with it and create something that you’ll love.
However, it’s important to strike a balance. Don’t be too rigid in your parameters – allow your designer some creativity and flexibility. Otherwise, you might end up with something that looks exactly like what you specified but feels lifeless and uninspired.
2. Don't be wishy-washy.
On the other hand, don’t be wishy-washy about your parameters. If you change your mind frequently, or if you’re constantly second-guessing your designer, it’s going to slow down the process and frustrate everyone involved.
If you’re not sure about something, trust your designer’s expertise and go with their recommendation. They’re the professionals, after all. And if you’re still not happy with the result, you can always give specific feedback and ask for revisions. But try to avoid making last-minute changes, as they can be costly and time-consuming.
3. Don't assume your designer will work for nothing.
Many clients make the mistake of assuming that designers are willing to work for free – or for very little money. But the reality is that design is a profession, and designers deserve to be paid for their time and expertise.
If you’re working with a professional designer, be prepared to pay them for their services. And if you’re working with a student or someone who is just starting out, be sure to negotiate a fair rate. Designers are not minded readers, so if you want something specific, you need to be willing to pay for it.
4. Respond timely with revisions and changes.
When you receive the first draft of your design, it’s important to give feedback in a timely manner. The sooner you can provide revisions and changes, the quicker the project will move along.
But try to avoid making changes on a Friday afternoon, right before the weekend. That’s when most designers take a break, and they might not be able to get to your revisions until Monday. So if you want to avoid delays, make sure to send your feedback earlier in the week.
5. Group changes to make fewer proof rounds.
When you do provide feedback, try to group your changes together. That way, your designer can make all the necessary updates in one go, instead of having to make multiple proof rounds.
Not only will this save you time, but it will also save you money. Each proof round costs money, so the fewer rounds you have, the lower the overall cost of the project will be.
6. Allow adequate time for the initial design creation and proofing.
One of the biggest mistakes that clients make is not allowing enough time for the design process. They want their project yesterday, and they expect their designer to work miracles.
But the reality is that good design takes time. You need to allow adequate time for your designer to create the initial design, as well as time for revisions and changes. If you try to rush the process, you might not be happy with the final result.
7. Know what the purpose of your project is - who your target market is.
Before you start a design project, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the purpose of the project. What are you trying to achieve? Who is your target audience?
If you’re not sure about the answers to these questions, take some time to figure it out before you start working with a designer. The more clarity you can bring to the project, the better the final result will be.
8. Try to organize and create your own content.
Your designer will be much happier if you provide them with well-organized, quality content. This will save them time (and your money) as they won’t have to do as much work to create something that meets your needs.
Following these tips will help you to get the results you want from your design projects, while also keeping your designer happy.
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