Working with a designer can be tricky.
It is hard to find the right one for your project, way of working and taste.
There are so many out there, that's great, but you need to research a lot to find the right one.
One that's creating beautiful stuff, in the right price class.
So before you dive right into working with a designer I want to show you 9 things to consider when hiring a designer. So you are sure you're not kissing the wrong frog!
The first thing to do is to find a couple of designers that are in your price class, ask for recommendations and research online.
If you ask for recommendations also ask about the work ethic of the designer, if there answering promptly on emails and if you could see the work they did for them.
After you've found a couple of designers take a look at their portfolio, take your time, make a list with your first choice, second and so forth.
After you did that ask friends, family, clients, strangers what comes up when they see the work of the designer. then make notes.
If you've got some feedback, think about it and then decide if you want to make any changes to your list of favorites.
Write a email to the first three designers on your list, tell them exactly what you're searching for and ask them some questions.
Now that she knows what you want you could ask: How does your design process look like? What kind of files are you going to need? How long will the process take?
If they have packages (group of services combined in one package)and you want something additional ask about it.
Even if you don't have a questions, write that email! You will get to know them better. You see if they are answering promptly, without reminding them. Experience how they answer your question and take care of your needs.
Now comes the fourth step, after you had contact with three designers you need to choose one!
Think about the answers, what your friends told you, the price and what you thought in the beginning, let it al go and let your gut decide!
I think this one is really important, this creative process is not only about the facts, but also about your feeling!
If non of the designers feel right, go back to the drawing board and contact other designers you're interested in, you will find one that is right for you!!!
After you choose your designer, pay them and let them agree on a timeline for your project.
So you know when you receive the samples and when the complete files are going to be delivered.
Also ask for a phone-number! In some cases you will need that number!
Now the Design process can start!
Provide the designer with as much information as possible! Tell them what you like and dislike, show pictures, make a mood board for them. Show them your artworks/creative work.
Tell them words you use,....
After the designer did the first round of proofs. Take a look at the results, think about it, write down your feedback and let it rest for a night.
Show the proof-sheet to trusted friends or family, makes sure they have a good taste. Write down their feedback and what you think after hearing their opinions.
Think about it, but make your own decision. Listen to your feelings!
After you know what you want to tell your designer, be really honest towards then, but in a kind way! Tell them as exact as possible what you like and dislike.
This step is only important if samples or sketches aren't coming your way!
Now the phone-number you have comes in handy. Give your designer a call and ask what's going on. In most cases the next round will be coming your way shortly after your call.
This step is my favorite one! If you're happy with the results, celebrate!
And let it your designer know! Tell them about there amazing work and tell others!
They will appreciate it!
So there you have it!
I would love to hear about your experiences working with a designer! If you are a designer I would love to know what you need from your clients in order to make a great job!
Please let me know in the comments.
If you have any questions write me an email and I would be happy to hear from you!