Daddy daughter dance.
Bye bestie... till next time!
I love Michelle's latest post (on the DtD blog) about GROWTH... (link in profile) This time of year, I see so many posts on secrets to charging more... secrets to better design skills... secrets to productivity. You name it... *all the secrets* to what we perceive to be on the other side. Secrets and quick fixes. 🛑There are no secrets. There are no quick fixes. Growth takes GRIT. Growth takes EXPOSURE. Growth takes RISK. Growth takes HARD WORK. Growth takes PAYING ATTENTION. If you don't know me... I'm Christine. I've been a designer for 25+ years and I ❤️ teaching and mentoring. Every once in a while, I get a little cranky about what I see being sold to designers. I will not sell you on secrets or easy fixes. I think they are BS. If you want any kind of *shortcut* (if you can call it that) - then follow and learn from the mistakes of the ones that have gone before you. The ones that are where you want to be. Between 2012 and the present, I've strategically increased my pricing from $750 to $20k. There's no *secrets* here... If you want similar growth in your design business, are you: - assessing every project before you take it for it's potential to grow your business? - assessing every project in progress for it's potential for process improvement? - assessing every project after as an opportunity to improve client experience? Every time my design business stagnated... I can honestly tell you it's because I got too comfortable (aka lazy) in one of these 3 areas. If you truly want steady growth in your design business, stop worrying about the secrets you are missing out on and turn that energy inward... what are you missing that's right in front of you? How can you push yourself out of your own comfort zone? #customwebdesign #dramafreedesign #webdesignerlife #webdesignerproblems #webdesigninspiration #webdesignlife #webdesigntips #websitedesigners #websitedesigning
One day later...
Artistic effect courtesy of the rain.
Ever flounder around when trying to design for yourself? Me! 🙋 I’m sure you’ve heard the saying the cobbler’s kids have no shoes… why is our own design and/or branding such a struggle? I’ll tell you why… Most designers skip vital research steps because we assume a specific style for ourselves going in. Then we get frustrated when it doesn’t work out the way we envisioned. We aren’t tying our design decisions to anything concrete. Result… the brand falls apart as we try to apply it. Most designers are pretty good at seeking out inspiration, but they aren’t as intentional as they could be when working on their own brand. Those assumptions I just mentioned tend to get in the way… If you’ve been following me a while, you might have noticed that Designing to Delight was just overhauled. This time, instead of floundering around, I took myself through my own client design process. I didn’t skip steps and I didn’t rush through it. I gave myself time and space for relevant visual research. In my newest blog post, I step you through my approach… follow the link in my profile! #customwebdesign #webdesigninspiration #webdesignlife #webdesigntips #websitedesigning #websitedesigns #welovewebdesign #wordpressdesigner #brandconcept #branddesigners #branddesigns #designbetter