Before You Hire Designers by MIKE MONTEIRO September 30, 2014 Published in Business, Graphic Design Blog Post Week 1: Chris Stuart

“Design is the solution to a problem.” When approaching hiring a designer there are certain factors Monteiro addresses considering.

Clearing out the things the designer doesn’t need to deal with so they can directly get to the meat of the project is essential as an employer. When a company has a lot of extra clutter it is difficult to immediately cut to the chase. Like when you try to clean a home but have to clean up before you start cleaning. Clutter wastes time and time is your money.

Make sure to address that the changing of normal habits is the exact reason for hiring a designer. Effectively communicating that to your team is important to lay a solid foundation and respect for the designing process.

Humans are creatures of habit and when you introduce change there can be a lot of discomfort and resistance to revamp tradition. Tradition can hold back progression in a constantly evolving field of design. Monteiro addresses the importance of always supporting the designer when others react negatively due to discomfort or favoritism for the “old ways”.

Decide and give designers the authority to make final decisions and support them when they do. Like in any business things can and will go wrong, but it is how you react to those situations that dictates if you succeed. When a creative does not have the time, space, or authority to excite and execute the design they fail and sacrifice the creative opportunity. The other members also devalue their role and assume they could do the same thing.

Include the designer during the beginning stages of a project and do not make them a responsive xerox machine that executes previously set designs. As designers, we cannot sit back and wait to be told what to do by people who have already set the design. Internships are a great way to have test runs on what works and does not when taking control of projects at companies. If you never speak up you will never be noticed or heard.

As a designer I find it valuable to put myself in the shoes of the position that could potentially hire me. When you know what a company is looking for you are able to tailor what you do to maximize your contributions to the team. The last issue addressed in this article is that of setting up expectations for your job. If you do not know if you are doing your job well that is a major problem and you should always know where you stand. Schedule performance evaluations and at the end of projects you need to bring up critiques of what you did well and what absolutely failed. Do not be afraid to evaluate the performance of yourself and your team members. Know your value as a designer and always communicate what you are doing along with  the vision you have that is supported by solid research and data.

http://alistapart.com/article/before-you-hire-designers

By Chris Stuart ADVE Web Advertising Winter 2015

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2 thoughts on “Before You Hire Designers by MIKE MONTEIRO September 30, 2014 Published in Business, Graphic Design Blog Post Week 1: Chris Stuart”

  1. What an interesting take on the whole approach one undergoes hiring a designer. I really like that you mentioned, “Humans are creatures of habit and when you introduce change there can be a lot of discomfort and resistance to revamp tradition.” All too often I find myself wanting to revert back to my old ways of thinking and doing things the “traditional” way after learning a new, more efficient way of doing something, because of the comfort I have in a specific area. For example, within the creative industry I feel very comfortable in the print medium, but find it very difficult to try something new for a project and risk failing miserably. However, I have learned that I must push myself and sometimes just go for it, no matter the outcome. By exposing myself to new things constantly, I have been able to learn more about myself and the artist I have become. I think that employers, especially in our industry don’t necessarily want to pick the safe employee to hire, but one that pushes the boundaries, who is not afraid of failing and taking risks. Great job on the post!

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  2. I really like the subject of this article. Our time is so valuable as designers and if we waste our time, like you said, we lose money. People are so afraid of change and doing things out of the norm, people tend to stray away of change because it scares them. I think the majority of people will always be like this, but the most successful designers take risks and want to do new things that are out of the norm, and that is what distinguishes the good from the great.

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