5 Ways to Be a Designer From Heaven by Clients From Hell
From the folk that brought you Clients from Hell comes a poignant and useful column over on the Shutterstock Blog. Check out these five tips on working with clients, from those who know best what doesn’t. Read on.
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When you are currently stuck in the Pit, it sucks. And it is extraordinarily difficult to admit, even to yourself.
The first [way out the pit] is to forego the whole adventure and take the elevator back to the start. Yes, it’s as easy as it sounds…
The second way out of the Pit is to wander through the dankness, tripping and stumbling in the dark until your feet strike something solid—a step, a slight elevation to push off of until you are just a few inches higher than you were. And then you do it again—trip and stumble and wander until you find the next step. And the next. And the next… This path is hard… Your ego will take a bruising on those jagged walls. You may get lost for weeks or months or even years. And everything you produce while on this path [seems like] garbage…
But at the end, know that there is nothing like it. To have gone through the Pit, to have climbed it rock by painstaking rock and emerged capable of creating the kind of work that pleases you, the kind that filled you with inspiration in the first place—nobody ever regrets the journey.
Julie Zhuo writing on The Pit: Where Creatives Fall Into Dispair.
As Gothe said, “Everything is hard before it is easy”
We went exploring..
One common misconception of the modern freelance designer — especially in the world of the web — is the idea of some kid sitting in their pyjamas, playing in Photoshop and bending over for clients. Forget about that. This is a business. The best business in the world. We, as designers, are shaping the world for each other and for our children. We get to leave something amazing in the world. Strap on a suit. Or at least fill those pyjamas with confidence.
Repeat after me: my clients need me. My clients need me. My clients need me. They don’t know it until they’re left without you. And it’s your job to earn their trust that you’re going to do the job well. If you think something is a bad idea, say it to them. Tell them why. Don’t just treat it like another paycheck. You’re responsible for putting something good into the world; and we will hound you for every flash banner and dark pattern you leave in your path.