Now that we’ve allowed you to fully marinate in the advice of our last list it’s time we hit you with some more! Here are five more pieces of advice we wish we were given when we first began our careers.
- The client is not always right
Despite popular thinking the client isn’t, and probably shouldn’t, always be right. The entire reason for them approaching you is to utilize your design expertise. It’s the designer’s job to lead clients to the correct end result. Clients may have a concept in mind but the entire purpose of consulting a design expert is for them to bring those concepts to reality, which is your job, not theirs.
- But sometimes they have to be
With all that being said, it’s important not to burn any bridges while you’re on them. A balance must be struck between using your expertise to guide the work process and ensuring that the client is comfortable and happy with the direction projects are headed in. If keeping the peace begins requiring you to stunt your own abilities, it may be time to rethink the situation. When relationships start to go this direction often times the work isn’t likely to be portfolio worthy. Compromising your creativity in order to keep the relationship from falling apart may keep the workflow alive, but your portfolio may falter because of it.
- Knowing if work is worthy of being put into a portfolio
Knowing that you’ll have to compromise your own artistic vision at times means that not everything you do will be worthy of placing into your portfolio. Too often we see designers make this mistake which creates for them a collection of projects that the designer isn’t fully represented in. Work produced then becomes an amalgamation of visions from previous clients and the designer themselves, a.k.a. not a good way to put your best foot forward. Always remember that you can say no to putting a finished product into your portfolio. Spoiler alert for what’s next: that’s not all you can say no to people!
- Knowing that you can say no
In fact, after taking a step back and looking at design from a macro point of view, you can absolutely say no to working with a client. The dangers of getting involved in work you’re not comfortable with are real, which is why design ethics is such a relevant topic in today’s design world. As a designer, your morals will be challenged and it’s entirely your choice whether to accept the cards you’re dealt or respectfully walk away and pursue other options. Before you begin any work for any client, make sure you have established a set of standards that you’re unwilling to budge.
- Knowing your limits
Understand this: Not a single person in the creative industry completely avoids the dreaded creative block. For most people there will be times when the block is so pertinent that you will feel stressed out and suffocated, ready to throw in the towel. In those instances, remember that running into a mental roadblock is a normal part of the process. Don’t allow yourself to think negatively in any way. Instead, take a break from whatever is troubling you. Switch it up, do something else that allows you to walk away and recharge. Then you can come back refreshed and ready to show that project who’s the boss.
There you have it, five more nuggets of knowledge to store in your brain. Stay tuned as we’ll be imparting even more wisdom throughout our blogs moving forward, all aimed at helping you succeed in following your passion.
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Content By: Torrey Lubiens
Written By: Alex Reich
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