Designers are problem solvers. Because they like to eat, most of what they do, they do for pay. However, when designers have the time, ability, and interest, they are (sometimes) very happy to help on pro bono projects. To make your life (and theirs) easier, here are some tips for working on projects with them.
Long before I started my own business or even had a degree in design, I noticed something interesting. People (in general) like art and design, but they often don’t value it enough to feel it ought to be a paid service. To them, it’s “extra.” It’s like the frosting on a cupcake. Sometimes even, people are put off that you’d even think you ought to be paid. Some haggle over it, considering that neither art nor design requires energy or effort. In that sense, occupations within that spectrum sometimes get treated like a novelty public service you’re obligated to perform, rather than a legitimate occupation that takes time, skill, and decision-making.
One of the funnier moments of having your own business is how people give you well-intentioned (albeit missing the mark) compliments regarding your ability to design things yourself—compliments like “Oh, that’s cool! And you can do all that yourself for free!” You just sort of take the compliment and smile and grit your teeth through the rest of it.
About once a year, particularly as Christmas begins to draw closer, I see something that I confess makes me cringe a tiny bit. It’s well intentioned, and I know that the people who post it on social media are doing so with their hearts in the right place—even if the entire sentiment is missing some pieces.
Many of these verses I’ve posted as free printables and digital wallpapers during this series participating in the Write 31 Days challenge were verses that my husband and I clung to in the midst of starting and developing each of our businesses. The textures as well as the layout are my designs. I really hope you enjoy them!
Pursuing a dream can be hard. Not all the days are, but the days and weeks and months that are, are soul-crushing in ways that are difficult to explain. “Hope deferred” is a painful reality for the heart. I like The Message translation of that verse which phrases it “unrelenting disappointment.” When you start down this path, give yourself some grace because things often take time. Even the ark, commissioned by God, was built piece by piece. Big things don’t often materialize at the drop of a hat.
When God speaks a promise into your life, there’s a sense in your heart like you’ve got a holy card in your hand that no one knows about; you’ve got grace in spades. You have to hold onto that because faith isn’t an intellectual pursuit; it’s throwing off the constraints of what we see with our natural eyes and choosing to trust the One who sees everything.