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What is the most challenging thing of being a graphic designer?

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Alwyn’s Answer

Hello Chi,

Your question made me think of my past experiences as a graphic designer. I would say that the most challenging thing is dealing with clients. As a designer, you will work either as a freelancer doing work for clients or working at a company as a designer doing work based on company needs. Either way, you have to deal with people at all levels of involvement in the process from concept to execution of the final design(s). Some will treat you as a professional, skilled in your craft, and an expert in design, while others with a little know-how of design will think of themselves as designers and will treat you as the hands executing their ideas even if it's your design. Enjoy the easy people (clients, colleagues, or managers) and with patience work to educate the neophyte to the complex processes of design. Hold your ground and be professional always. Best of luck!
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August’s Answer

The most challenging part of being a designer is not taking things personally. Sometimes people will trust you and your work, other times, they will micro manage you because they themselves are unsure about what they want. In that case, it's up to you to help them trust you. At that point, you're not just a designer, but a guide educating a client about what your process is, and how it's a lot more logical than "how they feel", or "what you think looks cool". Both designer and client really have to work to get to "does it do the job"?
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