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Rules To Follow When Working With a Creative Person. [ THE STUFF WE NEVER TALK ABOUT ]

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by kayzne, May 4, 2012.

  1. kayzne

    kayzne Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    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.
     
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  2. arboldeolivo

    arboldeolivo Newbie

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    I like your last thought. Some people are not very considerate of others time. It's best to be up front with them from the start, and if they move on, you've probably saved yourself some grief.
     
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    I think its best to be upfront and cordial as well.
     
  4. bigwhite

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    I love you so much right now.

    If only people listened :'(
     
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    kayzne Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yea a few colleagues of mine asked me if they could send this article to their clients, lol. I said sure, but you might want to clean it up a bit! haha
     
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    True indeed! Finally someone who got his time and explain what is it like to be a creative person. It is all true and the more information clients provide me the better the design is. Never really got criticized about my designs except what they wanted to change but what I hate the most is also the above you sad, someone expects good quality without providing any information at all. I am sure nobody likes to gather information to use on their banners since it is a pain to do and even if lets say I do, I always think what if this isnt the right text to use?
     
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  7. bigfoot1

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    Thanks for this great post.

    I'm a guy who's doing a JV with a creative person in the future. This is exactly the kind of the post I needed to make sure I understand what makes a creative guy tick.
     
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    Having worked with quite a few creatives, and being somewhat of a creative myself, I can confirm these points as being 100% accurate. From the management standpoint, it can take some practice to develop good working relationships with creative people. It requires patience, kindness and understanding of the needs of others. In a working environment it can be easy for tensions to flare if you don't pay attention to these details.
     
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  9. PeaceLoveSubmission1

    PeaceLoveSubmission1 Regular Member

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    *For best result just dont tell them what you want just ask them to come up with something themselves and it will be better than what you had in mind*
     
  10. kayzne

    kayzne Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I get that, but be prepared to pay more if you don't like it.
     
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    kayzne Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Right on, i'm glad to see that my thoughts were right on point with others as well
     
  12. bigwhite

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    I think I am going to send all my obnoxious clients to this page. :D
     
  13. kayzne

    kayzne Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Haha. If enough of us concur in this thread, it will add some credence. :)
     
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