. . . Is often the first question – after how much? – new potential clients will ask. . . it seems that everyone is in so much of a hurry. . .
Well, your graphic design project will take as long as you allow it to.
The assumed answer people expect is that it relates to how many other graphic design projects I have at the time . . .
which is true . . . but not as much as you would expect.
Because the real answer is:
“It depends on how much commitment you are prepared to give to your graphic design project” . . . yes, you heard correctly YOUR commitment to YOUR design . . .
and that is when I discover how much of a hurry that you are really in . . . when your urgent website, graphic design project, that “absolutely must go live by 1st January” . . .
. . . is still waiting for text and images in the middle of Feb.
. . . when your children’s book graphic design project, that you first came to me about in September . . .
. . . is still awaiting your signature on a quotation and your deposit payment, in the middle of Feb. . .
. . . then it is fairly obvious that “how long will my graphic design project take?” is not really the priority.
graphic design project deposit
I used to start work for people before they even signed a quotation . . . sometimes I can tell if you want to go ahead just by the conversation that we have . . .
. . . and sometimes I get inspired with an idea for your graphic design project, and I need to get it down straight away.
. . . the downside of that is some of you are really too scared to say “this isn’t really what I’m looking for for my graphic design project” . . .
. . . “these sort of prices are not what I’m happy to pay for my graphic design project” . . .
. . . and some of you go through the motions of nodding and smiling in all the right places and promise to get back to me . . . and never do.
. . . then I used to wait until you’d actually signed a quotation . . . until I had a right ***** of a client who was clearly and obviously a con man who never intended to pay . . .
. . . so now I try not to do any work until you have paid a deposit to show your commitment to your graphic design project.
It is such a shame that I can’t trust some people.
Your effort in your graphic design project
Ok, you made the first step by contacting me . . . so I know that you WANT something to happen . . .
. . . but you still need to put quite a bit of effort in to get your graphic design project completed.
. . . because I will be emailing your quote and your proofs, and possibly calling you to ask for information.
Even though I am the one creating your graphic design project, then I require commitment from you. . .
. . . that is always my delay. I can produce a design in a matter of hours.
If I need to stay up till 3am because YOU left it till the last minute to get organised then as long as YOU are prepared to commit some time to have a detailed briefing about what you want . . .
. . . and pay an extra fee for the out of hours short notice, then getting your graphic design project finished within a few days (websites notwithstanding) is feasible.
How many other graphic design projects do I have?
and we are back to where we started . . .
Am I busy or am I not busy. . . and it’s really hard to tell. . .
I might have another graphic design project to do or I might have six . . . but if I am waiting for clients to commit then I am not very busy. . .
I’ll get emails and phone calls from people wanting work . . . and conversations with people about their graphic design project and I’ll even get people pay their deposits . . .
. . . and then I start working . . . and I think crikey that’s another graphic design project to plan in . . . and then suddenly it all seems to go pear shaped . . .
because one graphic design project gets put on hold indefinitely . . . and then another graphic design project client goes quiet . . .
. . . and then suddenly they apologise out of the blue and say they need to get going with their graphic design project . . .
. . . so I put everything in place and type their graphic design project quotation and then they still don’t get back.
. . . the illustrator is ready . . . the proofreader is waiting . . . heck they are even chasing me for the graphic design project!
. . . so you see . . . “How long will my graphic design project take?” . . . seems like a really silly question when I get to this point.
Lack of project commitment
Yesterday evening I went to a meeting at my school for the upcoming Year 6 SATs (standard assessment tests) that the government have introduced the past few years to assess the standard of learning about 10 to 11-year-olds prior to them going to Secondary School.
Back in the day, I guess it was similar to the old 11 plus (which was before my time).
My opinion on the harder curriculum and Sats is based on more recent statistics showing how British children are not comparing well across the world . . .
. . . meaning that this has had to be addressed and the things that my 7-year-old knows about English grammar particularly is a lot higher than I even know now.
. . . and the things that my 10-year-old is expected to know is significantly higher and more advanced than things that I know too.
which is not a problem because he does know it . . . he’s been taught it . . . he’s soaked it up like a sponge.
The thing that’s the issue is his commitment . . . his dedication to putting that little extra effort in. . . to make sure he retains it all . . .
. . . and then to try a bit harder to make his learning project even better. . .
. . . because if he puts the effort in to learn more . . . his final project will be better than the competition.
I imagine you would all like your final graphic design project to be better than that of your competitors?
I am stating the obvious really here . . . nothing happens by itself . . . you have to put that effort you have to show that commitment and you have to just get on with it. . .
So before you ask your graphic designer . . . how long will my graphic design project take?
. . . ask yourself . . .
Am I ready to put in the commitment to my graphic design project to make sure it is the best it can be AND get it completed as quick as my designer can do it for me?
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