I just finished a big design project for a client. I worked over 90 hours to produce a 115 page book with 8 full page and 2 half page illustrations in two weeks. I’m exhausted. I thoroughly enjoyed the work and am proud of the final result.
Working for other people is definitely a completely different beast than creating books of my own illustrations and writing. I know, more or less, what I want my books to look like and I spend my time getting the final layout to match the visual that’s already in my head. When working with a client, the challenge is to help the client find out what they actually want that visual to be. The client, many times, doesn’t know what they want the final product to look like and it is the designer’s job to guide them through the process of creating the initial visual and then the subsequent end product. Sometimes, your great idea (although it’s REALLY GREAT) isn’t what they want, and they don’t know it isn’t what they want until after you’ve spent a large chunk of time putting it together.
Ah, design. My hat is off to all those designers out there who do this day in and day out.
It does feel fabulous, however, to wrap up a big project. To use, as my dear friend Kim Appleberry says, the ‘D’ word. DONE. My grandmother, who was an English teacher, always told us that to use ‘DONE’ is this context is incorrect. She would say “Roasts are done, people are finished.”
Well, Granni, based on one of the drawings I was asked to do for this project, I think today it is highly appropriate. I am DONE with this project. Onto the next.