Stop hating clients.

We proclaim ourselves “Experts”.

Labelled with the fancy titles fashionably borrowed from our idols from the west; UI designer, UX specialist, HCI designer, Web evangelist etc.

We read and learn design theories, web design life cycle, payment policies, web design contract etc from the internet.

We learn about scientific web design processes, including wireframing, prototyping, specification documentations, etc from internet and try to implement same.

But our clients are “idiots”, aren’t they?
whenever they don’t like something we designed, they are idiots. They are idiots whenever they disrupt our scientific process by their unnoticed visit to our office, frequent change requests or not understanding our design theories.

I know there is other side of the story. I know we have our difficulties because of clients being idiots.
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One extra step

Take one extra step to brainstorm on pen & paper before opening the photoshop.
Add one more feature on your client’s requirement.
Watch one inspirational video before starting your day.
Read one blog post during your lunch time.
Read one chapter of a book before going to bed.
Experiment one new tool of photoshop/illustrator/sketch.
Follow one more designer on twitter.
Post at least one tweet a day.
Meet one friend/colleague/client in person for a coffee.
Keep a glass full of water on desk all the time. Drink at least a glass a day.
Do one thing that scares you.
Take one extra step, ahead.
Become 1% better, everyday.

An easy way to overcome “Imposter Syndrome” for creatives

Creatives are often suffered from “Imposter Syndrome”. It is the lack of confidence on yourself. You know who you are, what you can do, but you can’t just say it out with a confidence, as an expert. A kind of fear always keeps pulling you back. And you feel like you are stuck.  You can’t just step up to grab opportunities, you can’t raise your hands or speak up at times which could have led you to success.

I think one way of getting that confidence is building an audience. If you have difficulties believing your own words, you might believe in others’. Continue reading

2 quick tips to win website design projects in Nepal

Whenever I get enquiries for design projects, I start with asking the clients what exactly are their requirements and their expectations and I not only want to meet their expectations, but actually I always try to find how to exceed his expectations. That is the way to produce something wow and to become remarkable.

Another thing I focus on is, I want to build such a website that is strategically designed with the real customers of my client in my mind. My main goal always is to convert the website visitors into the buying customers.

I always look out for ways to impress my client right from the start. Most of the designers don’t want to spend any time for the client without getting the project agreement and advance payments, but it’s not easy to win the projects given the fact that every next building in Kathmandu has an IT company right now.

So how do I keep winning the design projects? Here are 2 quick tips (among many) that I follow:

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