Episode #141
Gaining Respect As A Designer


How do you gain respect as a designer, especially as a young designer?

Music and links from this episode

  1. Indian Summer by Lobo Loco
  2. Electric Puppet by Mystery Mammal

Line-by-line notes

  1. When you speak to anybody
  2. In any career really
  3. And you ask them one question
  4. What is it you really want from your career?
  5. People will say surface things
  6. Like money
  7. Fame
  8. Appreciation
  9. But everybody really wants one thing
  10. And especially designers
  11. And that’s respect
  12. This is AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  13. MUSIC
  14. I remember when I first started out a designer
  15. And I especially remember this when I first started out as a freelance designer
  16. I wanted respect
  17. I wanted clients and peers to respect me as a designer
  18. I knew I was right about some of the design decisions I’d made
  19. But why were clients overruling me, or not believing that I was right?
  20. What was I doing wrong?
  21. I was like every other young designer
  22. I wanted my work to be respected
  23. And I wanted to be respected as a professional
  24. It’s hard as a designer, and even more so when you’re a young designer who might lack confidence or conviction
  25. Designers just starting out usually lack confidence in their skills
  26. And that’s just natural, it’s normal
  27. And because they lack confidence
  28. That shows in meetings with clients and people buying the design
  29. Then you go in a vicious circle of not being respected as a designer
  30. And add on top of that a simple fact
  31. That lots of people don’t respect design as a profession
  32. And people just see graphic designers as people who just colour in
  33. Lots of people don’t respect design as a profession
  34. Because they don’t see it as a real profession, like a doctor or a lawyer
  35. The only way to gain respect as a designer
  36. Is to command respect as a designer
  37. Don’t be a yes designer
  38. Don’t just say yes to everybody all the time
  39. If you know you’ve done something right
  40. Tell people it’s been done right, and there’s a reason it’s been done that way
  41. Always command respect for your work
  42. Command respect by being confident about your work
  43. And confident that you’ve done your job correctly as a professional
  44. Respect comes from confidence
  45. And confidence only comes from experience, and unfortunately, there’s no shortcut to that
  46. MUSIC
  47. This was AADA and I’m Craig Burgess
  48. Music featured in this episode was:
    1. Indian Summer by Lobo Loco
    2. Electric Puppet by Mystery Mammal
  49. For a line by line rundown of this episode go over to …/ep141
  50. If you want more updates about my podcast, follow me on Twitter at craigburgess
  51. I’m back tomorrow

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