I have been working in the design field for over 10 years now. I first started out in the fashion industry, than fashion/advertising industry and now the new media/online industry.
In the last 10 years I have work with many clients from 200 millions dollar fashion companies to the start ups. There are a few things that I have learned over the year that I have not really implemented that I will now implement. What is this you ask??
It doesn’t matter how the project much it cost or how wonderful the design/execution is. If the client doesn’t respect my work, profession or expertise I am fighting a losing cause.
No more. I will no longer take on work that I do not get good vibe from. I will interview my clients and make sure they understand the process and my profession. If not “Hit the Road Jack”
Designers are more than guys who ticker on computers. Or guys who paint pictures on the computer. Oh yeah if you cousin/nephew/sister…. can do… than get them to do it. Don’t come to me and ask for things you think you can get for free.
If you don’t know how to integrate online marketing, SEO, Web 2.0, Social Networking and just want a website because all your competitors has one, than I am not your guy. On the other hand if you want to learn all there is to about SEO and how to leverage your online presence to achieve maximum return on your invest than you came to the right place.
If you are too lazy to work with me and respect my time and profession, than get lost.
Oh yeah I also have dramatically raise my price of all my web contract. My prices now start at $1497 no more website under $600. I also now require that my client have a 2 hour non-refundable consultation with me. The fee is $120 which will go into the price of the website if I decide to take you on as my client.
In the past I have design amazing website for some of my clients for under $500 just so that they spite on my face. In a way deserve it. If I don’t respect all my time, energy, and skills that I have to acquire to get the expertise that I now have – why should they.
A good designer is cultural barometer. We can dissect and dissimulate the social and economical mood of that moment in time. A designer can help our client communicate clear concise message that will re-enforce their brand. We are more than pencil pushers, mouse jockey and Prim o Donna. A good designer is an allied and an invaluable affordable tool that when use properly can take down a whole army.
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