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Have You Embraced Being A Problem Solver?Have you ever heard the term “Yes Man” or “Yes Woman”?
A Yes Man or Woman is someone who follows orders without questioning them. Whatever is asked of them is what they do. A good designer can't be a Yes Man or Woman.
As a designer, you are also a problem solver. Your job is not to do what the client asks without question, but to question what the client asks.
Your job is not to do what the client asks without question, but to question what the client asks.
When a client presents you with a brief for a new project you need to be able to examine the outline and explain to them why something will or won't work. And if something won't work, you need to be able to provide alternative solutions. You need to solve the problem.
Some clients have no idea what it is they want or need. That's why they come to you. As the problem solver, they are trusting you to have the solutions.
If you can provide those solutions you become much more than just their designer. You become a valuable asset to their business. And that translates into a loyal client for life.
For a more in depth discussion on this topic please listen to episode 84 of the podcast.
How have you been a problem solver for your clients?
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Questions of the Week
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This week’s question comes from Joseph
How do I introduce a design that I feel like a company really needs?
I went to a vegan restaurant and noticed their menus are homemade or crafted by Fiverr’s finest. I really want to give them the menu they deserve and maybe need. I’m a designer who’s still in college pursing my design degree. The problem is this will be my first time pitching. I usually just get a referral for work so this is new to me. I'm not shy or nervous with people but some tips for the approach would be great.
To find out what I told Joseph you’ll have to listen to the podcast.
Resource of the week 21 Stock Image Sites Every Designer Should Know About
Love 'em or hate 'em, stock image sites are the backbone of any graphic design business. As such, every graphic designer should have a repertoire of good quality stock image sites in their toolbox for when the need arises. I've gathered 21 such stock image sites that I believe every designer should know about. Some are premium sites, some offer inexpensive stock photos and images and some are completely free. All offer quality stock images that can be used for commercial use by your graphic design business.
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