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There is an old adage, ‘Old habits die hard’. Bad habits, if prolonged, develop into your second nature. Graphic designers alike, possess certain behaviors that have adverse effects on their clientele. The quality of work isn’t the only recipe of winning clients, it is HOW you go about performing your work that really influences your clients.

For graphic designers, it is imperative to understand what client personality you are dealing with. This enables you to adjust to their behavior and connect with them properly. But there are certain practices that designers must avoid since they directly affect their relationships with clients. Following are eight harmful habits that a graphic designer must beware of:


1. The Bossy Attitude:


Some graphic designers like to take matters in their own hands and follow ONLY their terms and conditions. These are the people who perform the graphic design project with an extremely domineering attitude. They will select all the design elements themselves without feeling the need to take any feedback from their clients. In other words, they act over confidant.

Graphic designers who try to solely dictate the terms of the project end up losing clients. Since every client wants his work to be tailor-made according to his wants and desires, not listening to their proposals would end them in dissatisfaction.


2. Too submissive:

Just like one shouldn’t be too domineering in a client/designer relationship, one should also not be too submissive. Being too submissive means surrendering to a client’s every whim. Graphic designers who tend to be too submissive wait for the client to give out each and every order. They ask questions for each and every minute detail, even for the ones they should understand themselves.

When a client comes to a graphic designer, he is looking for someone who knows what to do and how to do. When a client tells the designer what to do, they expect them to know HOW to do it. Asking too many questions can annoy clients and drive them away. Moreover, being submissive allows clients to take undue advantage of you.


3. Over-Confidence:

Another bad habit that some graphic designers exhibit is over-confidence. Confidence in your capabilities work is a good thing, but being over-confident can land you into trouble. Showing too much casualness and non-chalance to work is bad for a graphic designer. When you start taking everything for granted, that is when things turn bad for your professional health.

Since graphic designing is a proper profession, one must act professional too. Over-confidence and casual attitude is a real turn-off for clients. When they approach a professional graphic designer, they expect a professional attitude as well. Acting over-confident makes your client think that they’ve come to the wrong place.


4. Taking things personally:

Protecting personal pride and integrity is a good thing, but mixing personal matters with business dealings is always harmful. When graphic designers start taking things clients say to heart, that is when they are making a mistake. Hearing client criticism is part and parcel of the job and designers must understand that personal rivalry should never interfere with your business dealings.

When graphic designer starts taking things to heart, clients think that they don’t have control over their emotions. They deem it as a sign of an amateur and incompetent person. I know most of you would not believe in the term “customer is always right”, but one should be competent enough to deal with difficult clients.


5. Sloppy appearance:

Yes I know graphic designers mostly prefer casual and informal attire when it comes to dressing. But casual too has a degree u know? Torn jeans are a fashion no doubt! But fit for college days maybe. When you are entering into the professional level, you need to avoid sloppy appearance. You can’t expect to get clients by wearing wrinkled and torn clothing, can you?

In the professional world, appearance matters. You never know your first impression might your last…so make the first one count. When client see designers in sloppy appearance, it gives a negative feeling that their project might end up sloppy as well.


6. Presumptuous Nature:

The worst thing that you can do is to make assumptions in a design project. Sometimes when graphic designers don’t know what exactly their clients want, they simply make assumptions and base things on their personal opinion. Instead of asking the client, they make wild guesses and end up designing something that THEY ‘think’ is perfect.

The problem is when the client is not taken on board with the project details and proceedings, chances are that he will get dissatisfied with the graphic designer’s work. Clients may think that you are over-confident and don’t consider his opinion valuable.


7. Sluggish Worker:

Some designers have a tendency to put off work for future. They are somewhat like the Lazy Garfield, one of the personality types of graphic designers. Going easy and steady is good, but delaying important tasks can jeopardize your design project. These designers bother replying to clients’ emails and attending their calls on time. One must remember, if you procrastinate once, you will keep on going it again and again. Eventually, you won’t be able to meet your deadlines.

The effects of procrastination are simple. You fall behind your schedule and in the process disappoint your clients. Moreover, when your clients see that you have a habit of delaying tasks, they will consider you as a lazy and sluggish designer. Since they will be afraid of not getting their projects on time, they might not consider you in the first place.


8. Bad communication skills:

This is one of the things mostly overlooked by a graphic designer. Effective communication is an integral part of any business venture. Designers who are shy to communicate with their clients, cannot get their worth right to the clients. In the process, they are unable to get their terms and conditions upfront with the clientele.

Since negotiating with clients needs convincing power, introvert and reserved graphic designers often don’t clearly state their terms and conditions. Ultimately, they end up being undervalued and underpaid by their clients.


Have you ever faced any of these situations in your life? Did you ever try to rectify your bad habits? If so…how?

  1. wga premie On October 18th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Very nice article, I think that the last part s actually the best. Most designers I know lack the skills to communicate with their clients

  1. Tozonsky On October 19th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Nice article.

    Do the opposite, by all means.

    When Graphic Designers run away from clients – Bad Manners!


  1. Kristine Putt On October 19th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    There’s another element: flakiness. Well, I guess that can fall under “sluggish.”

    I once approached a business and was told that they don’t hire freelance designers because “you designers are all flaky.” By flaky, he meant we don’t respond, don’t show up, delay on deliverables, go MIA mid-project, etc. I have NEVER done that and can’t imagine not treating a business like a business. But, sadly, there is a common stigma out there about us. I believe it is all our responsibilities to reverse this by being professional, communicative and responsive. It’s our duty to our entire industry to do so.

  1. Digital Agency On October 21st, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Damn right! Most of the graphic designers either think they know it all, or are so slow to implement all the recommended changes that you wish you had done it yourself. Professional graphic designers with an impeccable sense of timing and collaboration are rare.

  1. Derek Goodyer On October 22nd, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Talented designers are hard to work with in some cases.Walk in the others’ shoes and things can turn out pretty easy. I once work with a genius designer from BPOVIA we forged a great partnership…

  1. Wac Design On October 22nd, 2010 at 7:53 am

    This is advice you can take to the bank.

  1. graphic design resources On October 22nd, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    This is really informative especially for designers that are just starting in the freelancing field. Graphic design does not only aim for providing quality graphic design resources but quality professional client relationship as well.

  1. Diseno Grafico On October 24th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    very good article, i see this mistakes happen everyday.

  1. Paul On October 25th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    The professional appearance point is one well-taken. When first starting out it’s especially important to dress to impress. Being a young designer you’re already fighting battles with trust and respect, it’s best to not add anything else to the client’s aresenal like being a sloppy dresser.

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  1. Federico Capoano On October 28th, 2010 at 4:04 am

    Good and fun article. I hate to collaborate with other freelancers of the submissive type.. it’s frustrating.

  1. Vinyl graphics On October 28th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Thank you for an informative post. We would add one more. Being with a client in slow motion is probably the worst! We know some cases when a graphic design company used to not respond in a proper time frame and creating a simple graphic work would take them months.

  1. Elyse Hutchinson On November 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Great article! Always good to look back in retrospect and learn from your mistakes.

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    Yeah Id like to see one “when designers run away from clients”. We got one right now, I could just run away from!

  1. James On November 10th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    All has given there opinion of the above, but has anyone ever wondered why a designers life becomes so very hard to leave with.

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