I want to write about a topic that is very important and not spoken about as much as it should be. The questions and concerns a designer and client should have when deciding to work on a project together. As I get older and wiser I’ve come to understand that not every project is right for me just as I am not right for every project. I am at the point in my career where I can chose to decline a project and feel good about my decision. Like in every relationship it has to feel right and comfortable to everyone involved.

Here are a few things you as a potential client should look for in a designer:

1. You like their personality and can imagine spending time with them
2. You love their work
3. You trust and understand their design process
4. They seem excited to work with you and vice versa
5. You are comfortable with their fees and budget estimates
6. You are comfortable with their timeline

Red Flags……

1. Designer doesn’t have work in their portfolio that you truly like
2. You don’t actually like the designer or their staff members
3. You are not comfortable with the budget presented
4. You are not sure if they understand your style
5. You are not comfortable with their fees

Here are a few things you as a designer should look for in a potential client:

1. You like their personality and can imagine spending time with them
2. You understand their style and vision
3. You feel confident they will love the end result
4. You think they are reasonable and will understand the ups and downs of a project
5. You feel that they respect your time
6. You believe their budget is realistic for what they are looking to achieve

Red Flags…..

1. You are not their first designer
2. They are uncomfortable discussing their budget
3. They set forth unrealistic deadlines
4. They want you to change your company’s procedures for their project
5. They question your fees and don’t see the value in your time

These are just things to consider while you are in the decision making process not set in stone rules. Good Luck!!!!

Jennifer