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How to be a successful designer

I’ve been remarking elsewhere on the Web this week that I’ve discovered the secret to winning projects. Can you guess? It’s not stunning talent (although that helps), or top-notch crew, or the best darn CAD programming ever.

Gather ’round, new designers; are you ready?

SHOW UP
RETURN PHONE CALLS
IF YOU PROMISE SOMETHING, DELIVER.

If you think I’m joking, I met a couple last week who were so tired of meeting people who didn’t do any of the above, that the project practically fell into my lap, complete with a bow and glitter.

Design is nothing without solid business practices. And just so you know, I’m not shiny and perfect and make great choices all the time. (We will pause while I laugh … Okay, I’m good now.) Which brings me to the next piece.  If you don’t do any of the above, call.  Rational people understand we are capable of making mistakes.

Don't worry, be happ--prepared. And avoid big red pencils

Don’t worry, be happ–prepared. And avoid big red pencils

I’m sure some of you out there have tales to tell….

Until next time,

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