Before starting this blog, I thought that it would be much easier than sketching a design for a client. I was wrong. It’s almost the same as looking for an inspiration, setting a theme and customizing an outfit. Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes and the story behind the design. It’s just that there are times when you don’t simply want to draw anything under the sun. There are times when you’re aiming to get the image inside another person’s head –your client. In my experience, that’s quite an issue.
It’s like when you want to try your new oxford shoes with a black palazzo pants and a crop top, but your Mom said that pink pumps will go better with the motif of the event, you’re about to attend to. It’s also the same when you’re with a friend who doesn’t agree that your skater dress and sneakers aren’t a match, and you just have to agree because you wouldn’t want to prolong the argument. It’s like that. Your Mom and your friend, they’re your clients. You consider them and their opinions important. You don’t want to offend them. There are times when you’ll insist with your opinion regarding the color, and you’ll just agree on the design or vice versa. It’s a give and take relationship really. I definitely understand that, but not all the time. I have moments. I think we all do. Mine is when I seem to forget about the “give and take” part, because I remembered what my main goal was. I got into this business because I want to express myself. I want to show the world who I am, that’s what has gotten me into designing in the first place. Three years ago, no one told me that you’ll have to consider your clients all the time. I thought clients were no. 2 on your priority list, and your design comes right on top. It wasn’t like that all the time.
It’s just like in designing and writing a blog. You have to set a goal. If your goal is to please other people, then you write cautiously and consider what they’ll think of you. Most of the time, it’s just like rewriting their words and thoughts. Now, if your goal is to tell your story, then write freely. Sometime soon, you’ll figure it out and realize that clients are your mentors as well. Come to think of it, they’re like your best friend. You and your client don’t get along most of the time in everything that the other one has opinion about. Not all the time, but these limitations they keep giving you will make you a better designer. You’ll have your moment. Time when you can insert your idea together with hers/his. I still believe in you are what you wear, but sometimes it’s better to say that what you wear is what you want to be. This is another thing I learned from my clients.
It’s like that. A give and take relationship.