At InteractiveQA, we’ve made it a point not to do our own design work, and not bring designers on. It’s not unusual for us to be asked to do design work, but when we get that request we help clients find a designer. The philosophy behind this is discussed in other posts, but here I’d like to lay out what you need to do if you’re going to present designers for a client to pick from.
- Only suggest designers you’ve worked with previously. You can’t speak to how they do their work, their commitment to deadlines, or their ability to do certain things if you’ve never worked with them before.
- Check with designers before offering them to your clients. Make sure they have availability, that they don’t have any issues working with a client in that particular industry or country or anything like that.
- Get rates and links to portfolios from potential designers for your client to review.
- Be prepared to explain what you worked on with this designer on and how it could relate to the clients work.
- Understand what the client needs. Do they need elaborate designs? Do they need new pages based on a guideline? Do they need someone who understands how to design for multilingual sites or dynamic sites?