A proper Web Design Day follow up: Client relationship resources

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. It’s more of a proper follow up to my Web Design Day Presentation. I know my slides pretty light on content when I’m not actually there doing the talking. So, I wanted to share a few of the resources and posts I’ve found with really great advice and opinions on Designer-Client relationships.

Here’s a list of some articles to check out:

10 Ways I’ve Hurt My Own Creative
This is a great list of things that we do as designers to make things more difficult for ourselves. A lot of it I think we do without even realizing it.

Why Why Is So Powerful
Being able to answer “Why?” helps us present and defend our work. Being able to ask “Why?” helps us get find the real reason behind our clients’ motivations. Fits very well with the “Yes, meaning no” approach I talked a bit about. There’s a lot of other great articles on the positive space blog, definitely worth checking out.

10 ways to Battle Site Bureaucracy
Paul Boag has some great advice on dealing with clients. Also check out his carsonified presentation on Education Clients to Say Yes.

Don’t Work For Assholes
This is one in a series Derek Powazek has written about thing he has learned the hard way. One of these things is to not work with Assholes. I think this is something we all end up learning the hard way, but we still need to be reminded.

Focus on Results, Not Time
An article from behance magazine discussing the merits of focusing on the results of your work, not how long it takes you to do it.

Pre-bid Discussions
A post by Andy Rutledge pointing out how important the discussions you have with potential clients can be on the outcome of the project.