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  • Writer's pictureDivasha Singh

How to tell a Designer what you want? (5 tips)

Updated: May 8

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You've got this awesome project in mind, maybe it's a new logo for your startup or a cool website for your business. Before diving headfirst into the world of design, it's crucial to take a moment and think about what you really want.

So, here is How to tell a Designer what you want…

These are 5 tips that would be helpful for you when approaching a designer… 


1. Your project requirements:

Think of it like this... You wouldn't set sail without a map, right? Well, your project requirements are your map to success in the design world. They help guide your designer in bringing your vision to life.

Imagine you're starting a small fragrance business. You know you need a killer label design to make your products stand out on the shelves. So, before you even think about contacting a designer, ask yourself a few questions: What vibe do I want to give off? Are they sleek and modern, or rustic and homey? Who is my target audience? What designs would appeal to them? What information needs to be included on the label? Do I want to highlight specific ingredients or scents? By taking the time to answer these questions, you'll be able to clearly communicate your vision and goals, making the design process smoother and more efficient.


2. Timeline:

When do you need this project completed? Are you working towards a tight deadline, or do you have some flexibility? Being upfront about your timeline will help the designer manage their schedule and prioritize your project accordingly.


3. Budget:

Ah, the big question!

How much are you willing to invest in this project? Providing a clear budget upfront will help the designer tailor their proposal to fit within your financial constraints. Remember, negotiation is good but after accepting the invoice rate don’t try to bully your designer for doing more work or constantly remind that you could’ve gotten someone cheaper because you are paying for their unique talents and years of experience.


4. Revision and Feedback:

You don't want to be that client who asks for endless revisions, right? So, how do you give feedback without getting into a never-ending cycle of revisions? Consolidate Your Feedback: Instead of sending over a laundry list of changes every time you review the designs, take some time to gather your thoughts and provide comprehensive feedback in one go. Why? Because this will help your designer to understand your vision more clearly. Stay Positive: Feedback doesn't have to be negative! If there's something you love about the design, make sure to let your designer know. Positive reinforcement can go a long way in fostering a good working relationship.


5. Be Open to Collaboration:

Trust your designer and give time to work through their process.

Remember, your designer is here to bring your vision to life, but they're also the experts. Be open to their suggestions and ideas – you never know, they might come up with something even better than what you had in mind!


So, with these tips, you are ready to tell a Designer what you want. Get ready to see your vision come to life!


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