Companies will often over-promise on what they can achieve in order to get the business they want. Committing to a project that can’t be done due to lack of time and resources can be a dangerous game. Not only will it waste your time but it will also waste your clients time. This is why it is also best for a designer to say no rather than regretting it later. It is also every designer intention to create high profits with as little time as possible. This is why it is okay to say no to a client that isn’t worth the time and a reason to put other clients that you have strong relations within jeopardy.
Communication is Key
Obviously, when coming to explaining a design project initial communication will be made. This communication should be kept throughout the design process at all stages to confirm that the client is happy and you are also happy with the work being created. Good communication leads to fewer mistakes being made and maybe unnecessary work being done. Good communication also helps build a great bond between both the designer and client, irrelevant to whether it’s about work.
Make things clear
From a designer’s point of view, a project is always better when the end goal is clear. It is also better when a client is clear on what they want from the project and then it is up to the designer to create clear steps in order to keep the project on track. Preparing checklists and documents for you to follow a design process can be helpful in making sure that you are keeping the client informed and more importantly you informed.
Obtaining feedback is a great way for your designs to flourish and keep on the right track. The most important feedback will be from your client to which they say what they like or dislike about your design. Good and constructive feedback keeps the designer motivated and creates more of a clear path of where the design needs to be. Not only do you need to take feedback from the client but also other designers could be helpful. Other designers like yourself might be able to spot flaws within your design and add more features that might have been lacking before.
Don’t let your ego bring you down
Often when clients and designers work with each other a client can interfere with the designer work. A designer in this situation may ignore a client as they feel they know better than the client. This needs to be put aside and the client’s requests need to be made. Designs are more than okay to make suggestions however not to be forceful with what they think is best. A designer-client relationship needs and an equal amount of compromise for it to work.
Keeping track of time
Another very important part of a project is keeping within the time and being timely is key for a successful client-designer relationship. Most projects and clients are time-bound and therefore have a specific deadline they have to meet.