Friday, July 14, 2006

How To Be The Perfect Client

1. When giving creative feedback try to avoid phrases like:
"Bleh."
"It's weird."
"It doesn't do anything for me."
"I don't get it."
"Maybe you'll get it on the next try."
"I don't like it."
*I have actually heard all of these. No kidding.

2. Try to give creative feedback that is constructive. The goal is not to make your designer cry. Joyless designer = joyless final product.

3. Do not ask for a flash intro. (They have actually built a special level of Hell for those who do)

4. Do get your content and all of your digital media assets organized, proofed, and delivered in the proper format to your designer/developer at the beginning of the project.

5. Do touch base with your designer/developer as the project progresses. Be involved.

6. Do not constantly call and email your designer on a daily basis. They need time to work.

7. Keep your scheduled meetings and try not to show up with uninvited guests. Keep your entourage (girlfriend, boyfriend, spouse, kids, friends, and pets) at home.

8. Do not show up unexpectedly when the mood strikes you. Your designer/developer may have more than one project going on at the same time...Or be having a bad hair day. Avoid throwing curve balls.

9. Do pay your designer/developer on time, all of the time. Never balk at the amount (it's tacky).

10. When a project is over and you are happy with the result try phrases like:
"You're the best designer...Ever"
"Do you accept large cash tips?"
"Will you marry me?"

Note: Your designer/developer will probably say no to the last one (and possibly feel a little creeped out) unless you are Russell Crowe or just really hot. So it's probably best to avoid it.

5 comments:

markus941 said...

You're the best blogger ... ever!
Do you accept cash tips?

Nice post. Pretty spot on.
In the (distorted) words of the Red Stripe guy: Boo clients! Hooray beer!

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