Designing Your Vision: 10 tips on how to Get the Most Out of Working with a Designer

September 5, 2022

I’m Nelett.
The Designer of the Graphic Designers' Playbook. I help heart-led clients and designers show up with style and grace: a total Magazine, pizza and water addict. I am always striving for wholesome, mindful and soul-led living. 
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Working with a designer can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your collaboration:

  1. Be clear about your goals and expectations. Before you start working with a designer, ensure you clearly understand what you want to achieve. Be specific about your goals and expectations, and communicate them clearly to your designer.
  2. Be open to new ideas. Designers are creative professionals who may have ideas you haven’t considered. Be open to new ideas and be willing to explore different design options.
  3. Provide feedback. Designers need feedback to improve their work. Be constructive in your feedback and provide specific examples of what you like and don’t like.
  4. Be patient. Design is a process, and it takes time to get it right. Be patient with your designer and allow them the time they need to create great work.
  5. Respect their expertise. Designers are experts in their field, bringing a unique perspective to your project. Respect their knowledge and trust their judgment.
  6. Communicate clearly and often. Communication is vital to a successful collaboration. Ensure you communicate clearly and often, and be responsive to your designer’s questions and requests.
  7. Set realistic deadlines. Design work can take longer than expected, so it’s essential to set realistic deadlines with your designer. Be clear about when you need the work to be completed, and make sure your designer can meet those deadlines.
  8. Establish a transparent process. To avoid misunderstandings and confusion, establish a straightforward method for your collaboration. This can include how often you’ll communicate, who will be responsible for what tasks, and how changes will be made.
  9. Be willing to invest in quality work. Good design is an investment, and it’s essential to be ready to invest in quality work. This can mean paying for a designer’s time and expertise.
  10. Show appreciation for their work. Designers put a lot of time and effort into their work, so showing appreciation for their actions is important. A simple “thank you” can go a long way in building a positive and productive working relationship.

Remember, working with a designer is a partnership, and it takes effort from both sides to create great work. By following these tips, you can establish a successful collaboration and achieve your design goals.

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