Review: Please Don’t Be a Dick by goat
Please Don’t Be a Dick
Age Group/Genre: Adult, Non-Fiction, Design
Publication date: November 1, 2014
SYNOPSIS: Advice books for designers appear in abundance in your everyday bookstore or Google search. The sheer volume is infinite, with books on design theory, history and trends, advice on working with contractors, tips on how to keep accounts organised and detailed explanations on how to manage day-to-day business. These books are great at dispensing knowledge from one designer to another, unfortunately they aren’t really helpful for the clients that have to work with designers.
Which is why during our first meeting with the brilliant Paul Furey he asked “if I were to hire you guys, how would you want me to act as a client to be the perfect client?”. To which we responded “there is no such thing as a perfect client, just please, don’t be a dick”. He followed our advice and we never had any problems when working together.
We don’t want to become relationship managers but want to continue with our careers in design so we decided to put together a handbook for clients and designers with, what we believe to be, valuable information.
The problem I have with some design books is that they can feel like study material sometimes, and not in a good way. Overall, Please Don’t Be a Dick was short, playful, and interesting. I have to admit that sometimes I got a little bit bored when it talked about certain things that didn’t apply to me, but eventually I just skimmed through those.
It kind of reads like a super long article about the relationship between designer and client, and that’s the audience it is aimed at.
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The page numbers all have these little fun facts next to them, which I really enjoyed!
Please Don’t Be a Dick is definitely a book I will come back to in the future when I need some client advice. I’d recommend this even if you are a beginning designer but have already worked with clients before.
(After October 31st, pre-orders end and the regular price will be £21.98, so definitely pre-order if you want this for less!)
Rating: (3.5/5 stars)
Thanks to Goat for providing me with a free e-book in return for an honest review.
Briefing is an exam for you to test how well you know and understand your business, its specifics, strengths and weaknesses. Compare the exercise with one of walking through your city with foreign guests—you have a chance to look at things from the outside, with fresh eyes. You are guiding the designer through your business. It’s possible that such meditation could even help you to improve your business, to solve other problems, or to make it more effective.
The deadline is not a span of time, it is not “a few months from now” and it certainly is not “as soon as possible”.
You must not be surprised if the designer asks for several meetings with you to ask questions. After all, you should know your business better than anyone else and you shouldn’t trust anyone but yourself to pass on that knowledge to the person in charge of communicating it.
It is the designer’s job to design—that’s why you hired them. There is no need to sketch up ideas that you think will work or that you like. A designer is not a set of hand that will take your ideas and put them on a computer because you don’t know how to use certain software.
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