Businessinsider.com has a good article on finding and working with the right Graphic Designer for you. One thing the piece alludes to but doesn’t flat out say is that working with a designer is a collaborative relationship. Rather then thinking of a designer as a decorator who’s there to make you look good, you should think of them as a creative problem solver who works with you to meet your objective.
But overall, I think the article spells out a good basic overview of the preliminary steps needed to get the best out of working with a designer.
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