True Friends

Over the last few months I have been struggling and coming to grips with friendships. Friendships that allowed me to empty my mind, either through long chats or simple texts. Friendships above and beyond the love I have for my life. Friendships that once were glorious pillars in my life, now laying crumbled on the ground in front of me.
Its left me seeing new friendships with other people, but not knowing how to grow them into a place where Id be able to text or chat as individuals about life.
Its left me in a place where Im constantly second guessing myself. Maybe Im over thinking. Maybe Im taking this too personally. Maybe Im looking at my friendships from a self centred point of view. Maybe Im just meant to be friendless.
I appreciate your feedback on this, but at the same uptime, this is a personal struggle I probably have to work through on my own. But thanks for taking the time to read.

When the Client Designs

The Line has been Crossed

Its a hard line to walk sometimes. Your client emails you with some changes that they want implemented. It includes changing the heading and logo font for their website.

Having made the changes for the client, it takes the design back a decade because of their font choice, and minor changes goes against common design aspects.

On the one hand, it is their design; they have paid for it, they have ownership of it and they have to be happy with the design.

But on the other hand, my one, they did employ you as a designer. They liked what you have designed in the past, and obviously agree with your design taste. So why won’t they accept that you have made certain choices for a reason, and that reason is to make it look as good as it possibly can. The other part of this is, that you as a designer have your name against this design. Like a chef, are you going to let a substandard meal leave the kitchen that you are not happy with?

Fine, fine line.

Most jobs I’ve had, I have not encountered this conundrum. Most recently however, this exact scenario came along. Naturally my experience in this area is limited. But here are a few suggestions:

Give the changes a fair go

It may be difficult to pull apart the design that you’ve expertly created. But obviously the client needs to be shown how their suggestions might work. So show them. If all goes well, they may come to realise that you had it right in the first place. Or you might see that their suggestion works in better for the feel that they are after.

Educate

Show them their design, and show them why it doesn’t work. Explain to them what you chose and why you chose it. If they are open and humble, they will probably accept that you know best.

Compromise

If they do like the changes, and want to keep that horrid font, but you don’t want to put your name next to the new design for fear of ruining your portfolio with a now flawed design, then obviously there has to be some compromise. You will have to outline your position on the matter as clearly as you can to the client; that you as the designer feel they are making a mistake, and that you as the designer have been employed by them to give your expert opinion on the looks and feel of the design. But at the end of the day, be prepared to give a little in order to gain some sort of happiness in the project.

In My Opinion

Let the designer you choose make the design choices. It is why you employed them. It is why when you looked through their oeuvre you were impressed. It is because they are a good designer. They are the expert in what looks good, in what the trends of today are, and what is going to work for you.
If you manage to do this, you will have a happy designer, you as a client will also be happy, and all will progress incredibly smoothly.

At the end of the day, you kind of have to ive the client what they want. If you’re asked why you have that silly design in your portfolio, at least you can pass the blame stating that “it’s what the client wanted”.

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