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The Design Method: A Philosophy and Process for Functional Visual Communication by Eric Karjaluoto

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Chapter 10. Bringing Order to Your Practice

The quality of your design process, whether you’re a freelancer or studio owner, is closely related to the way you manage your business. By integrating order, standard procedures, and good housekeeping—in all your working habits—you’ll deliver consistent results and increase efficiency.

Are You a Professional or Hobbyist?

Although there are many interpretations of the word professional; I believe the term implies commitment. Professionals put the requirements of their practice ahead of their personal desires and tendencies—regardless of how difficult it may be to do so. They gain a command of their craft, learn how to manage their process, and run their business effectively.

Many freelancers and design ...

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