Hey, as you may or may not know i've developed brands for massively successful businesses over the years, i've worked with some of the best people, and some of the biggest pricks you can imagine and after helping 100's of people with their design work personally in the past few years I have some tips for those looking to work with a creative person. It doesn't matter if its web design, advertising design or branding, creative people are pretty much the same ( laid back, sensitive, aware people who put a lot into their work ) Here are some rules when working with a creative person Give them love and respect from the get go. Creating something from nothing is a talent and that should be respected. It's hard to be creative when you're unhappy, understand that a creative person is sensitive, they are not sharks. The more a creative person likes you, the better they will feel when creating your image and the better your design will be. A person I know who has exemplified this is Brian @ envyusmedia.com. Always tell them what you LIKE about the design before you ask them to change anything. Its easy to criticize, i've done it, i still do it. Creative people are the most critical of their own work, if they are good at what they do. From a creative perspective, when you know you've done SOMETHING someone likes it's easier to change what they do not. Creative people will LOVE you for this. Don't push to see "what you have now" if it's not ready. If its not ready for a creative person to show you, it means they are not happy with how it looks yet. As I said before creative people are THE MOST critical, and if its not ready, its not ready. Accept it, and wait. However if its taking WAY too long, the designer is one of 4 things. 1) busy with someone else 2) not feeling it 3) doesn't like you 4) lazy. Think about what it is you want, if you are indecisive, expect to pay up the ass. There is nothing more annoying to a creative person than someone who doesn't know what they want and is cheap. If you have no idea what you want, ask for concept after concept and then complain about price, you're a nightmare. Just because you don't happen to like it, when you gave no information about what it is you DO like, is not our problem we still spent our precious time and experience developing something we like for you with no guidance. Time is money. ..That's all I can think of now, if you're a creative person, and can think of more rules, please post them.