Okay, I’m a little bit behind on these readings, but I wanted to make sure I was really reading (and absorbing the content) not just skimming the chapters so I could post a response for class! Anyways, I’m still really enjoying this book and it has so much valuable information.
Chapter 5 was all about how to run a studio, and while I’m not planning on doing that anytime soon at least, it was still great stuff to know. It also provided great insight into what goes on “behind closed doors”. Knowing how to look for creative talent to employ, helps you to understand how to be that creative talent. It made me think about who I would want to hire if I did have a studio, and how I can try to be like that for the sake of potential employers.
That moves right into Chapter 6: How to attract good work. This is also about perspective from another point of view. If you want to be hired by good, creative, moral companies…then you have to be a good, creative, moral designer. This chapter also focuses on the importance of being a good communicator. You don’t have to be super social, or super outgoing, but you do have to be likable. Why would anyone want to hire someone they didn’t like or didn’t think they could work with? Same goes for being the designer. As a designer, you don’t want to work with clients who are hard to communicate with or get along with, it just makes for a bad work experience, and will probably result in bad work that neither are happy with.
In Chapter 7 it talks about handling clients: the good the bad and the ugly. It kind of reminded me of our Show&Tell last week with Kamp Grizzly, where he talked about different client experiences they have had and how to work with difficult clients, or better yet, how to say “No” to a client. Bottom line (from all three of these chapters really) if you don’t feel good about a work relationship, you won’t feel good about the work that comes from it. But it’s not just about how a client communicates, it’s how you as a designer communicate, too.