Early Steps for Successful Proposal

posted on 13th of march, 2010

I am trying to learn from my experience with my clients, as much as I can, but even so, surprises happen & will continue to happen!
But with some preparations we can make the negative impact less harmful, or we can make our reaction more flexible & faster!

Here are some tips that I would like to share with you:

1- Try to know what do your client prefer as colors materials!
If your client is the kind of mixing between his likes & business, ask him/her about his favorite colors, football team color or even his zodiac, to know what might make impact on him & get your proposal accepted in the first hand.
Ask if he/she can show you something similar to what he would like to have or what he/she thinks is nice.

2- Try to know if your client has some people who could influence him/her!
Sometimes clients with partners, wife (husband) or even adult children can say something now, and after consulting other people, they change up their minds! That is happens!
But if you could know that before, you might ask to meet those people together with the client so you can avoid big influences in the future! (specially partners!)

3- Try to know all the needs & expectations from your work before you start! (contents & spacing)
Many clients want everything on the first meeting, then suddenly you discover that they don't have enough material or knowledge how to arrange contents for what they want!
That makes you ready to design a platform that will cope with any adds now & in the future!
Avoid much empty space that force you to fill it with senseless contents as well!

4- Make your deal clear!
You should advise the client with is the cost of doing this & repeating that... Initial costs, during & by the end!
It happens that you have clients who wants a cow with a price of a chicken!

5- Clients like attention, so keep them posted with the updates & stages of work done, so they can see that it's going on track! Respecting the deadlines is a must!
With doing that you force your client to respect the words he/she gives you!

6-Take notes in front of the client in order to recall what was combined.
I might show these notes to my client if eventually he/she claim it's not what he said or wanted before... (Not to be a jerk but to stay on the safe side).


1- I try my best to make all my works in vectors: This is the easiest way to change the shapes, colors, adding, removing after any need to amend;

2- Don't worry about disk space or how many layers you have!
Whenever I find the need to "Rasterise" a layer or importing a "smart object" I save it as a separate image just in case the change will be in that object in the future!

© Maigi (Help)
3- Keep a copy of the original images that were used for the project in a folder with the layers of the project, so you could recall them faster instead of looking for them among hundreds or maybe thousands of images you took or downloaded!
JPG/Tiff/GIF images might be cropped in a shape that you want it different eventually!

4- Copy all the fonts you used for that project in a folder.
Sometimes it happens with designers that they need to recall a Font they used on a background or a work that is patched!
I have more than 1000 Fonts on my machine! I can't remember all of them!

© Maigi (Help)
5- Don't trust one source of security copy! I save on DVD's & external hard disk! You still don't know when your device might crash or have bad sectors!

Have a nice work everyone! Cheers ;)

Comments (27)

Posted by Mani33 on March 30, 2010
Thanks Eclecticelegance!
Thanks Aginger :)))
Posted by Aginger on March 30, 2010
Hey, I like your new avatar! :)
Posted by Eclecticelegance on March 26, 2010
Posted by Mani33 on March 23, 2010
Thanks Kaththea and Jitka... Best of luck for both of you ;)
Posted by Starblue on March 23, 2010
Wonderful to read how work designers, esp. the part how to deal with clinets :-) That is very intersting! I wish you to have always clients that makes you feel nice and during discussion that you can find some constructive ideas and both of you to be satisfied with the final result! Of course I wish you a lot, a lot of work with interesting people :-)
Posted by Kaththea on March 23, 2010
Thanks Maen for this detailed account!)
Posted by Mani33 on March 17, 2010
Thanks Karen & Gabriel! :)
Posted by Freedomphotos on March 16, 2010
Hi Mein - from a photographers point of view, I had no idea what is involved in this process. WOW Thats one exacting task!!! Thanks for taking the time to enlighten us. Cheers Karen
Posted by Justmeyo on March 16, 2010
Very useful article and information:)Thanks for share us!
Posted by Mani33 on March 15, 2010
Claudio thanks my friend ;)

Altaf I do record some calls but use it only to remember things! You are absolutely right about specifying everything in the contract! Thanks Bro :)
Posted by Claudiofichera on March 15, 2010
Grat Maen, Very useful!
Posted by Creativei on March 15, 2010
Very useful, some more I would like to add, sign the contract with everything mentioned in the contract. be very specific with payment terms. Well these days I use my mobile to record all the conversation.

Use suitcase fusion for managing fonts, as you dont need to install all the fonts, this is one of the wonderful software.
Posted by Mani33 on March 15, 2010
Thanks Yuritz :)
Posted by Yuritz on March 15, 2010
always great and useful advices :)
Posted by Mani33 on March 14, 2010
Thanks Keki & Marilyn :)
Carol do it! Go Green :)))
Posted by Marilyngould on March 14, 2010
Thanks Maen, helpful and useful information!
Posted by Keki on March 14, 2010
Excellent thanks so much for sharing :)
Posted by Wildmac on March 14, 2010
Did I hear green mentioned? Mmmm dark green background with lighter shades of green writing, perfect! ;P :))))))
Posted by Mani33 on March 14, 2010
Thanks Dessie! Where did you hear that? :P
Posted by Littledesire on March 14, 2010
Very useful blog, Maen! Thanks for using my photo ;) Working with people who don't know what they want is difficult but these seems to be everywhere!
BTW, I have heard you hate green color, why is that? :P
Posted by Mani33 on March 14, 2010
Thanks everybody, your helper images are great also ;)

Elimitchell in addition to what Maigi has mentioned, these JPG templates are used by designers to make the same layout or even to be cropped (Mapping)... These "Sample Texts" are only guides by the illustrator who made the template. Designers delete them & eventually use the same color of the text on that place!
Posted by Maigi on March 14, 2010
Really great advice, Maen! Thank you. And I'm really happy to find my images in action. :))
Elimitchell, there are web designers / coders, who take psd or jpg layout and create a code (usually xhtml+css or php) for your web page. It needs programmers skills to make an image work as a web page. Templates what are for sale on Dreamstime are just jpg or eps images, not real website templates with html code.
Posted by Asyan on March 14, 2010
Very useful! Thanks for sharing Maen. :)
Posted by Jonvitalija on March 14, 2010
Wow Maen !! A lots of very useful info here. Thank you. Oh thanks for choosing my chiken pictures.lol
Posted by Elimitchell on March 14, 2010
Hi Maen!

Could you explain to me how you create web templates? When you create something with sample text, will the buyer have to clone out the sample text? Also, you gave a template for one tab on a website. How will the buyer create use that, since he will supposedly be using all of the tabs?
Posted by smartview27 on March 13, 2010
Very useful advices, Maen!
Posted by Wildmac on March 13, 2010
Wow! Lots of great advice here Maen! Thanks for using one of my images :)

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