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There is no doubt about it, design is a powerful tool. Design, good or bad, is proven to change the way we feel, think and importantly – behave. That’s why it’s so crucial to invest time and money into good, smart and strategic design.
In your business and life, design can help you to reach your personal, financial and creative goals.
To start with, good, smart and strategic design requires information, knowledge and insight. We can use design as a tool, but first we need to know what we’re making and most importantly – why?
If you have a project that you’re looking to work with a designer on, here’s what you need to know:
I would advise against financially investing in any design until you have laid this foundation. For some people, working with someone who can help you with some of this, like a brand strategist, is the right choice before working with a designer.
This is a part of the design process that can be applied outside of graphic and web design too. You could use this processes when working on a project in your house. I was speaking with my sister this week and she has just redone her laundry room. It’s fully exposed in a hallway, so she sees it daily. Her purpose is to have a tidy and well organised home so her family and her can enjoy more time being together. Her goal was to create a well organised space where everything has a place. She knew she was designing it for her husband and her to access, and also her two young children. Two different audiences, two different experiences of the space. That insight led her to investing time and money to fix it, and helped her to decide how best to implement design to do so.
Know your purpose, know your goals, know your audience – only then invest financially and time wise into design. Because everything costs more and takes more time than we initially think it will. SO it has to be worth it.