If you know any graphic designer, you know they’re used to working under pressure and, more often than not, they settle for lesser jobs or things that don’t suit their desires just to get by and make it to the end of the month. Either because of lousy planning, deficient work schemes or annoying clients, there’s always something that can go wrong in this industry, but still, graphic designers hold their ground and finish the jobs they’re asked to do. However, there are a handful of things no graphic designer will ever get used to dealing with, and if you don’t want to trigger one in the blink of an eye, please never, ever do one of the things we’re about to talk about right now.
“That’s Too Expensive”
Pricing is a delicate matter for most independent workers, and more often than not, even close friends don’t value their work and think they’re the ones that should decide how much the designer should charge for a given piece. People want to have a top-notch product, but seem reluctant to pay the price for it. They always tend to think it’s too expensive, and constantly start bargaining and trying to force the designer to lower the fee. If you want the best, you need to invest.
“It Has to Be Exactly Like This”
Everybody feels as if they could do a better job than the designer, and while the client is entitled to the right of providing directions and making a couple of suggestions, they need to understand that they’re hiring a professional. Unless you’re an experienced designer yourself, you need to give the designer some freedom to create and come up with the best way to meet your needs and demands. Please, don’t be that kind of client.
“I Need It Now”
More often than not, clients show up or call you at the studio late at night and ask you to do something right away. “It has to be done first thing in the morning,” as you could just design and print 1000 flyers in a heartbeat. Great work takes its time, and designers have several clients and other responsibilities. Also, you must respect office hours, especially if you’re not even willing to pay an extra fee to get the job done in no time.
“Design Something and I’ll Pay You If I Like It”
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and refused to pay because you didn’t like the food or it wasn’t as good as expected? Then why on earth would you expect a graphic designer to work for free before settling a price and reaching an agreement? This just doesn’t make any kind of sense at all and it’s actually insulting for most graphic designers. If you want things to work, you need to compromise and trust other people to do what they’re trained to do. You wouldn’t ask this to any other kind of professional in the world, so why not show a little respect for graphic designers as well?