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Do you explain why you took the direction you did when presenting designs to your clients?If you belong to any graphic design groups on Facebook or Linkedin you've seen people post their work for critique. Why not, it's a great place to get the opinion of fellow designers. However, one problem that happens over and over when people explain their work is they usually explain how they designed it when what they should do is explain why they designed it.
That's the topic I cover in this week's Resourceful Designer podcast. Be sure to listen to the episode for the full story.
Explain why you designed it, not how you designed it.
Face it, clients hire you for one reason and one reason only. Your ability to get the job done. They don't care how you get it done. All they care about is the finished product. As long as you can produce good quality work in a timely fashion they will be happy.
Think of a carpenter hired to build a cabinet. The client doesn't care what tools the carpenter uses. Nor does he care what skills or techniques he employs. All the client cares about is having a well crafted and functional cabinet. The same goes for design work. It's the finished product that matters, not the journey you took to get there.
Explain why and avoid going back to the drawing board.
Client's don't reside in our world. They don't live and breath design the way we do. Because of this we sometimes forget that clients may not see our designs the same way we do.
If you take the time to enlighten the client and explain why you designed something a certain way, there's a good chance they will appreciate the design much more and you avoid having to go back to the drawing board to change a perfectly good design.
Present in a way that allows you to explain why.
Obviously, the best way to present your designs to a client is in person. Unfortunately, it's not always possible to meet face to face with them. Therefore it's up to you to present your designs in a way that allows you to talk to the client as they're seeing the design for the first time.
- Set up a video or phone call and email or provide a link to your design for the client to see while you're talking to them.
- Record a screen capture video explaining your design to the client and send it to them.
However you can manage it, try to be present when your client sees the design for the first time. Explain what they are seeing and explain why you chose to design it that way. Your explanation will go a long way in showing the client the value in the design.
How do you explain your designs to your clients?
Let me know by leaving a comment for this episode.
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This week’s question comes from Jordan
I was wondering what types of content I can post for my business on social media? I've started creating blog posts. But, I know brands are about 70% content 30% selling when it comes to social media. If you're a potato chip company for example… you can post a picture of your potato chips and say “Have a great summer with acme potato chips”. If you're an music entertainment company you can post “It's Miley Cyrus' birthday today. #HappyBirthdayMiley”. But, I'm at a loss for what content would be valuable to clients of a graphic design/web developing business and not just targeting other graphic designers, developers, and creatives who aren't my clientele.
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