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Sustainability is desirable but still very expensive for clients

Doing a tutorial on InDesign doesn’t make you a designer

You hired us for our expertise not just to carry out orders

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Every designer has a set of principals that help shape the work that they do.

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There seems to be a common misconception that Graphic Designers simply ‘colour in’ or ‘make pretty pictures’. This is obviously not the case but why do so many members of the general public hold these views? It seems that it comes down to the simple fact that most people don’t know what a Graphic Designer actually does.

What is it that we actually do as Graphic Designers then? And is there a way that we can educate the public and our clients on what goes into the work we produce for them. More to the point, do we need to?


After interviewing some acting practitioners I have come to believe that it doesn’t matter wether or not the general public understand what we do. It was likened to the builder of a bridge, everyone uses bridges and can see that they work but no-one cares who made it or understands how it was constructed, they just want it to work.

This may come as a shock to anyone who has not worked in the industry but if you are looking for recognition, you’re in the wrong profession. Our peers will appreciate our work, clients will pay us for it but at the end of the day we are hired to provide a service not become famous.


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Thinking

Each client wants a different style for a different product. No 2 jobs are alike.

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Problem Solving

How can our outcomes change people’s perceptions of a product/company?

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Communicating A Message

What is the best way to get the public to seek out this service/product?


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Project Management

Often you have to work on several jobs at once as well as any self-initiated work.

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Instinct

Every designer has a set of principals that help shape the work that they do.

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Audience

The target audience always has to be in the forefront of the designers mind.


A lot of external factors depend on your work being produced in time for the deadline

Do good work, on time

You hired us for our expertise not just to carry out orders

Doing a tutorial on InDesign doesn’t make you a designer

We expect that you carry out your work in a professional and reliable manner Leave your ego at the door, there are plenty of other designers who would be happy to get this job

To come across well in meetings, present well, respond to e-mails well and produce work to deadlines, and basically be someone we could see ourselves working with.

A real conversation about our needs and a real response about that.

Your company will never stand out if we do this

Please don’t make us copy our peers Let us be creative We want a working relationship not just a bunch of e-mails and a bill at the end

Sole dedication 24/7

That’s what we expect

The impossible


If you don’t know what it is you want, how can we create it?

Let us interpret the brief how we see it, rarely will it be the same way you do

Tell us what it is you want

We’re not trained like you, so please speak to us in a way that we’ll understand We hired you because we feel your work exepmlifies our companies qualities

Not everything can be produced in a day, if you have an idea first its easier

Understand that doing good work takes time

Clarity There is more than 1 way to communicate your message

Remake that piece of work but, different

Rarely are you the only client we’re working with

If we change something it’s because it will look better, trust us This doesn’t make you any less important to us

A lot of what we do comes down to instinct We don’t have the budget to fund 6 week research projects before the design process begins

A quick turnaround

We wish you understood

Communication is a two way street

If you’re unsure about something don’t leave it until the day before print to tell us


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Work and ideas are quickly discarded

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Frontrunners

Trends get exaggerated


Online you view individual pieces of (often) anonymous work, not an individual studio or designer

Even small studios have a vivid online presence We see so much more design now that it’s hard to figure out what the ‘next big thing’ actually is

& TRENDS


It is not enough for designers to simply communicate a message any more, we have to be aware of the social implications of our work before we create it

This has become increasingly important

Some studios use it as a USP


The designs we make are effected by our own personal experiences. We need to think about how our work fits into a wider social context outside of the client and target audience. Every piece of work is interpreted differently and with so much design bombarding us every day it is important that we are aware of this Sustainability is desirable but still very expensive for clients

Our audience is aware of what goes on around them so we have to be too


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What is it that we actually do as Graphic Designers then? And is there a way that we can educate the public and our clients on what goes into the work we produce for them. More to the point, do we need to?

sole dedication 24/7

The impossible

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We want a working relationship not just a bunch of e-mails and a bill at the end

HO

That’s what we expect

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A real conversation about our needs and a real response about that.

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To come across well in meetings, present well, respond to emails well and produce work to deadlines, and basically be someone we could see ourselves working with.

We don’t have the budget to fund 6 week research projects before the design process begins

A quick turnaround

Problem Solving

Remake that peice of work but, different

Leave your ego at the door, there are plenty of other designers who would be happy to get this job

We hired you because we feel your work exepmlifies our companis qualities

Clarity

We expect that you carry out your work in a professional and reliable manner

It only takes a few clicks to see a completely different style of work by a has different designer This

become increasingly important

Work and ideas are quickly discarded

Some3 studios use it as a USP

Do good work, on time

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Communicating A Message

What is the best way to get the public to seek out this service/product?

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How can our outcomes change people’s perceptions of a product/company?

A lot of external factors depend on your work being produced in time for the deadline

We’re not trained like you, so please speak to us in a way that we’ll understand

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Trends get exaggerated

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Frontrunners

It is not enough for designers to simply communicate a message any more, we have to be aware of the social 2 implications of our work before we create it


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