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Design Matters Blog
For those of you who don’t know, in addition to this blog, I also do a weekly design tip on YouTube as well as a weekly podcast called, Design Speaks. In this podcast my co-host asks me about design-related things that she wants to know more about or understand better. It’s my job to explain things like ideating, or what is a design element. In thinking about topics over the past weeks, I’ve also started thinking about things that clients or potential clients, or even just casual acquaintances might ask me that frustrate me. So I thought I would put together a list of a few things you should not ask or say to your designer or designer friend. To be honest, many of these comments or questions are what I would call red flags when I am doing my initial consultation with potential clients. If I get the sense that the client has the potential to cause difficulty or they seem like all they are looking for is a technician (aka, I know what I want, I just need someone to make it, etc.), then it is a clear sign that I am not the designer for them. All of these areas are either one of two things, A way to educate your client on something they may not know or understand, or A way to weed out the clients that could potentially be full of problems. “Can you start designing a __________? I can get the copy (text) to you after you show us a preliminary design.” Design is about communicating ideas. Communication in certain formats almost always requires the use of words/copy/text. If you are in need of a brochure, or poster, business card, website, or any number of things that require designing, it’s likely that you have informational text to go along with that item. If you don’t have the text for your brochure finalized, don’t ask your designer to start working on it. We don’t design something and then just leave magical blank spots inside or around the design for whatever text you might give us. We are supposed to design around and in harmony with the … [Read More]
Design Speaks Podcast
This week Michelle wants to know about something Brandi wrote about in a blog post a few weeks back about why you shouldn't trust a designer who doesn't collect something... interesting. Stay tuned. … [Read More]