So, sadly, as a designer, I’ve encountered many of the pitfalls I indicate in this form. In the interest of the love of design and the pursuit of acceptance, I’ve made each of the mistakes I list on the top part of the form. There’s the time that I did hours of work on a logo for a new business, and got yelled at by a printer who wanted different dimensions, and in the transaction found out that the printer was being paid full price. There are the various jobs I’ve done for family where it turned into a way to have them push buttons about self-worth, power, and the relative value of the arts. There are the clients who decided that it wasn’t worth paying for because all I did was push some buttons. There are also more positive situations, such as turning back the work because I wanted to encourage a self-doubting designer to take the work into their own hands. If I’ve ever done free design work for you, consider yourself a good friend, or someone who I respect deeply. If you’re ever compensated me for design work, I want to say thank you for your consideration and promotion of the art form.
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