Do You Know How to Speak Designer?

Designing anything from scratch can be truly difficult. Especially when you are new to working with graphic designers. Or perhaps even working with a new designer. When you are emailing with a creative individual, it’s sometimes hard for us to envision what you’re truly looking to see. I imagine it’s even harder sometimes to virtually write out the vision you have that you’d like to see graphically. Turning over an idea into a full functioning product or service is a labour-intensive process and cannot just be handed over to the creative professional. As a client, you really do need to be involved in the process to help guide your vision.

Your job as the client is to help your designer understand exactly the ideas you have bouncing around in your head so they can best accomplish your goal(s). In the end, it may be easy to place blame over an unsatisfying final design on your designer, but honestly, it is up to you as the client to effectively communicate and supply the necessary knowledge and tools they require to succeed in creating your vision. It also makes for a more pleasant working relationship if you can be flexible. Make sure to supply your feedback early and often. Know what’s necessary to your vision and what isn’t then let your designer use their skills and expertise to create and improve upon your feedback.

Designers have their own special lingo, almost like a “secret code”. And if you’re not used to working with one and hearing these terms, it can be baffling at times if you are not used to it. But great news … it is easier than it sounds! You do not need to know the difference between pixels and point to get the best work from your designer. You just need to know a few of the “secret code” phrases to help you create your vision in a more effective manner and to avoid any red flags that may set your designer on edge (and yes, this truly does happen sometimes).

To make things more fun, here is the inside scoop in infographic format (supplied by Pagemodo) on the terms you need to know to not only walk the walk, but talk the talk.

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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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