It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. — Napolean Hill

What is the initial meeting?

First, let’s define what is “the initial meeting with a design studio”. To keep it simple, I’d say it is a conversation after a casual chatting. But before a design proposal was created and kick-off the project. However, you may find out more about our new client design process right here.

Why is the initial meeting so important?

Initial meeting can benefit both client and design studio. The client can make sure that a design studio understands the requirements, and will move forward to responses on the right goals. Moreover, it is a great time to amend the constraint that may cause from each other. On the other hand, the initial meeting can lead a design studio to create more accurate strategy and allocate the resources to impact the best possibility of the project.

Not sure where to get started? We have a clue of how to get the most out of your initial meeting with a design studio.

1. D for — Deliverables

The design (especially the UX Design project) happen in many different form & contexts, i.e. Ideation, Usability Report, Mockup, Prototype and so on.

Define a clear deliverable upfront will speed up the process and ensure that each party have the right resources to success the project. More importantly, to avoid wasting each other time.

Usually, a design studio will be flexible with the deliverables and may suggest some appropriate solutions. As the client, focus on the project challenges/problems for now, so the designer can better assist you.

2. O for — Objectives

Even a casual project still requires a serious goal to start with. The design is not an art. The designer needs to understand a classic Why, How and What to perform their imagination to explore each project-mindset before committing to the client.

Designers develop the Design Strategy according to the objective. However, it’s normal that the objective may not be a crystal clear at first glance. It’s also part of a design functionality to incrementally improve an objective on the go.

Amazingly, people who care enough about their project to sources a specialised to bring their vision to life. Will usually have objectives that they may overlook. Which straightforward for the designer to help them get discovered their own minded.

3. B for — Budgets

While design package can be flexible, but the budget may not necessarily can. Hence, most design studios will need to understand the budget to match up the design packages. Classically, most people misunderstood that a design studio aims to charge more for a profit. IT’S NOT TRUE. For a design studio, money is temporary, but the great portfolio is forever.

Consider a design studio as a small business, which has limited resources (time). Understand the budget will help the design studio allocate the resources more efficiently, not earn more. Moreover, because of the time constraint, design studio cannot serve every client. That’s why most design studios have a minimum requirement to take a new project.

Nevertheless, most millionaires said, “You not getting rich because saving money, but making money”. Think about your design budget as an investment. Consequently, you invest in a design partner, who is going to make a positive impact on the things that you will keep talking about.

Recap the key-points for the initial meeting with a design studio.

  1. (D.) — Deep focus on the end goals, but prepare to be fun with the process.
  2. (O.) — Original you do you, that’s where everything begins.
  3. (B.) — Be fairness and transparency for yourself.