Ever wondered if people think you’re a pro or a noob? Have a gander at the following and then, you tell me. These tips are based on technology from 2015, so adjust figures yourself to show some some technical intuition!
Meaningful file names and email names
If the relationship between you and another person is only based on your involvement in ‘project x’, then ‘project x’ is not a meaning addition to any file name or subject line.
Don’t send an email (or ‘share’ a file) over 2mb
If it’s bigger than that (and it’s not a video), you’re doing it wrong. If it’s just going to be shown on screen 72dpi is fine (144dpi if you’re a wanker).
Pay attention to detail
Have a second read through your communications, if you have accidentally used the wrong terminology for something it can cause a huge headache for someone else.
Harness the first impression
People get tired of things pretty quickly. Add to that the designer’s hunger for positive feedback and it becomes obvious that you should make the most of the moment of first delivery. If you miss the client’s first moment of amazement, you’ll get disheartened. Try and be there when you show the design for the first time, or be on the phone or something… just make sure it’s clear we’re all happy with that design, or make sure that if there’s a problem you can get the vibe of it.
Check that the file format you’re sending is ok
Should someone have to buy a dropbox account, download a 300mb file and buy a subscription to photoshop, download it and install it, just to see your design?
There you have it: 5 easy steps towards not being an annoying so-and-so, that I didn’t think I’d have to write down.