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How creative do you get to be as a graphic designer while still following your client's requests?

I am in 10th grade, and I have family members that are in graphic design so it has always interested me.

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Larry’s Answer

It honestly depends on who your client is. More often than not, you will have to prioritize the clients preferences and specifications over your own creativity, but some clients will have a general idea in their head and allow you the freedom to create and design at your leisure up to a certain extent, of course.
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Dixon’s Answer

Speaking from personal experience, I think you misunderstood what a designer do. As a client-facing designer, you are using your creativity to provide a solution. Be that creating a leaflet, a website, a logo, or a full branding kit along with the client's next big budget TV ad. The designer's mission, is to convey key pieces of information to your client's target audience. You are free to be creative, as long as you are able to use that creativity to answer your client's need. Problem is, sometimes, those needs are underlying issues that even the client themselves are not aware of, that's why the best graphic designers are often those who have mastered communication.
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Amber’s Answer

In our marketing organization, our creative team members come to the clients with three options...

1. what the client is asking for
2. what the graphic designer is thinking
3. something that encompasses a blend of both concepts.

Be as creative as you want as long as you're delivering on the brief from the client. Having parameters can also improve your creative problem solving skills.

Also, be open to feedback from the client and try and see all points of view. Do not let a no discourage for sharing your creative views going forward.
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Ibidapo’s Answer

Me as a graphics designer have experience so character from different clients but my priority is to always satisfy them with what they want. But still am I know some clients out there they didn't have much ideal of this stuff am doing like I do. So when my client is placing some request that I know this is not creative enough, then I tell my clients humbly that this is my ideal what if we do it this way with some specific reason and if such client insist I tell you please let me do my job and let's see and you will be surprised. And sure after am done he saw that moment he saw creativity he has no choice than to accept what I did.
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