Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Mark of a Good Designer

In my past life I worked with a group of designers that I considered to be the best in the business. And still do. Part of my job was to step in when something wasn't working and assist to resolve that "something" in the best interest of the client, the company and the designer. My own work was part of that mix. The mark of a quality company is how they handle the things gone south, not how they accept the accolades and rewards. The mark of a good designer is acknowledging that things need to be adjusted and asking for advice from an industry expert - be that expert a treasured lead installer, an electrician or plumber, or the cabinet manufacturer themselves. 

There is no wrong when it is worked out to become a right. Sometimes in construction and design the actual site is not what it was on paper. Plumbing and electric are always a challenge, and walls are seldom truly plumb. A good designer listens to the input of others. Hears what is said and works to the best of their capabilities. A good designer may look like they have all the answers - but a great designer listens to the advice of those trusted advisers and gives credit where it is due. 

Boy did I learn alot from mistakes. Mistakes shape us, mistakes show us a better way. And when you learn a better way you learn how to be a better designer. It does, after all, take a team to build a project. The tighter the team, the better the outcome.


  1. Don't be afraid to break out of the mundane this year - go for bold and bright patterns and colours to really stamp individuality on your design. This particular look can, like all the other hot trends for 2013, be easily achieved with a simple refurbishment, rather than a complete make-over.

    All of the latest design trends for 2013 are suitable for any type of kitchen, although if you really want to make the most of the space you're working with and get a show-stopping effect, talk to a professional designer. They can sit down with you and give you an objective view of what is achievable, what will work (and what wont!) and how much it will cost. If you retain the basic structure of your existing kitchen and go for a refurbishment rather than a replacement, you can have a kitchen that looks as if it stepped straight out of an interior design magazine - and all for a fraction of the cost!

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  2. Remember, word of mouth goes a long way. When you do well you will get good reviews, but when you do bad everyone and then some will hear about it. You have to work a lot harder for good feedback that you do for bad, literally. Do not let your ego get in the way of business. Be on time, and make good use of your time. This will help to improve and maintain all of your client / designer relationships and it will enable you to be successful in future projects.

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