Explain design to non-designers with patience
Create and communicate a transparent workflow
Understand design’s role in larger projects
Follow office policies
Never get too comfortable
1. Explain design to non-designers with patience
During your professional career, you will work with people with no background in design. Realizing the most efficient way to communicate with them without causing problems and working as a team will fasten the working pace, which is good for both of you.
Learning how to explain your design to the clients, so they understand, is so crucial that it can make or break the project. Use any available source and material to defend your project and prove why is your vision the best way to go with for each particular client.
2. Create and communicate a transparent workflow
If you are working with a project manager with no background in design, you should strive to create transparent communication among each other. So make sure you are on the same page by talking about all the aspects below:
How long you think the task will take
What you need to complete a particular task
What results to expect
Be specific with mood boarding and estimations and present by kicking-off a presentation or sending an email, depending on the common practice of your office.
3. Understand the design’s role in more significant projects
To make sure your project is ready from QA and Marketing perspectives, and you won’t be embarrassed to present to the client. One of the simplest but most ensuring things you can do is have a meeting with representatives of each department to get their opinion or input.
Another thing you should do is to take time to understand the roadmap, project goals, budget, and other details that are important to know. Being aware of everything beforehand will help you a lot.
4. Dealing with office policies
Whenever you’re feeling cranky, remember about the importance of soft skills. Being friendly toward other employees is not only going to affect your reputation but also being easy to work with is a highly valuable quality.
5. Stay flexible
There may come a time when everything seems messy and out of order, but there will always be a way to keep everything under control. What you need to do is come up with a system that works best for you. Have every bit of information categorized; due dates, clients, progress updates, attachments and assets, etc.
6. Never get too comfortable
It is necessary to constantly educate yourself and stay on top of news and trends of your industry. Expanding your professional horizons will open doors for new opportunities, as you'll never know when the skills you didn't think you would need can take you to the next level.
Don’t stay in your comfort zone where you stop from growing. Read and learn something new every day.