As designers, we’re hired to develop and design a variety of things, and our focus is on content strategy, UI, UX, etc. Our clients are trusting us to deliver a great product in return for their investment. However, far too often, I’m hearing horror stories and seeing final products that should have never been released. I’ve come across some of these designers, and, in great confidence, they say, “the client doesn’t know the difference.” or “It works, doesn’t it?!”. If you haven’t already, please ask yourself, is this your standard?
You should care about the product you deliver, and I mean actually care. You should be proud of the work you do. You should value the money a client pays you, and stop feeling entitled to the money until you have delivered. If you can’t deliver a high quality product, then don’t do it. This will stop you from being defensive about the work you do, and you will feel good about the project when you go to put in on your portfolio page.
If you care about what you deliver, you’ll feel happier with your work. Most importantly though, you will be creating value for your clients, which is what they’ve hired you to do.