Some people believe in the old adage “the customer is always right”. However, sticking to this adage in the graphic design industry can be tricky. This is because of the fact that in this industry, clients are not right in every situation.
Unfortunately, some designers believe that adhering to client specifications in any situation is necessary. They prefer to stick to the adage, even if the specifications hamper quality of the work. The reason is that they believe that job of a graphic designer is to create designs, without understanding their purposes/usefulness and making clients happy.
We believe that as a graphic designer, you are responsible for the fate of the designs. Therefore, you should not create designs blindly.
Let us explain our logic by discussing an example. Let us assume that you are a fitness consultant. Your client needs to lose few pounds within 6 months and is currently on a strict diet and exercise regime.
Now, would you permit your client to eat burgers everyday if he expresses such a desire? Of course not! As a fitness specialist, you are aware of the fact that such a strategy can ruin your client’s goal to lose weight and your reputation as well.
We highlighted this example to reinforce the fact that client cannot be always right. In certain situations, you may have to ignore client specifications or requests, for the sake of his and your reputation.
Ignoring Client Specifications is Difficult
Of course, it is! The situation is further complicated by the fact that most clients assume that they possess more knowledge than designers. This means that they will not accept suggestions of designers easily.
However, this does not mean that you will give up offering suggestions to the clients. The trick lies in convincing the client by implementing tricky tips. We discuss these tips in details.
- First of all, understand the fact that clients are less likely to bully educated and confident designers. They also respect them more. For this reason, acquire valuable information about this industry and update yourself regularly. This will convince the client that you possess expertise about graphic designs.
- Always opt for a polite approach. People hate listening to a person who behaves rudely. Accept the fact that the client may not possess in-depth knowledge about this field. Be patient and make him understand things politely.
- Stick to your decisions. Quote tips published in reputed magazines to support your claim. You can even ask industry experts for offering you suggestions, regarding dealing with the client.
Do Not Forget to Educate the Client
Finally, offer useful tips to your client. Provide him with resources that he can use for enhancing his knowledge. This will help you to create a positive impression. Furthermore, it may reduce hassles of designers with whom the client may work in future.
The main point is that even if your client offers you unreasonable specifications, you do not have to accept it blindly. Rather, you can deviate from client specifications and explain the logic behind your deviation. This will also increase respect of the client for you.