Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Design as a Business

I have been a designer for more a while now {time flies when you have fun!} and each and every time a project comes along I'm amazed about the intricacies of this business. Being in an arts related field is not easy as putting a price tag on your creative time is difficult.

As fun as being a designer is long hours and hard work are require to see projects get done. My philosophy is always to find the common ground between me and the parties involved in a project, because we all have our own agenda... the owner wants pretty and inexpensive, the contractor wants to be done ASAP, the designer wants a nice project to add to the portfolio, etc.

 We all tackle a design project at some point in our lives no matter if you are a designer or not. Keep in mind and never lose track of your goal, it might change direction but it should remain constant with a few improvements.

Avoid falling in love with ideas, instead keep an open mind of the possibilities as there might be a more appealing solution for you than what you originally thought of. Pride has destroyed many projects and has driven them to financial debacle.

Finally, make sure you learn something from the process... Today's lesson can translate into tomorrow's success.

Have a lovely day!


  1. I love the tip to avoid falling in love with ideas- that's so hard for me not to do but it is so much better to keep an open mind! Lovely inspiration here. Hope you're having a great day!
    xo Hannah


  2. Love all the pretty organization! And love this last quote!

  3. I agree that it is so hard to put a price tag on creative time! Not to mention, I always end up spending more time than I originally planned on design & styling for weddings. But I still love my job :-)

    always, koru kate

  4. Love your philosophy about balancing the goals/aims of the involved parties- super savvy to keep that in mind. :)


  5. I dream of having an office this organized!!! I think my problem is I have too many goals I want to achieve {decorating wise} and I get overwhelmed. Love your tips/ philosophy though! xo

  6. I really like your quote about pride - it's true for many many things

  7. I admire what you do. I think of you as great visionaries. You see something and totally revamp it. The end result can be brilliant.

  8. great post!... and pride does destroy projects


  9. It's a marvellous job doll, love the vision!! xx

  10. I agree about the balancing act and long hours. I always have to remember that, as much as I want my vision to be what is finally built, the client will ultimately be paying for, and occupying the space.

  11. Lovely photos and some very good points. Your job must be very rewarding.

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