I will say that the best business practice for me has been learning how to say no to clients who shouldn’t be my clients. Of course, now I am able to do this because I have built a good reputation over the years. The ideal client understands why they have hired you, and understands that they need to pay for the service in order to get what they are looking for. Why? Because with this type of client I can produce better quality work and get paid what I deserve. The other big thing after this is flexibility; if you maintain an organized structure for every project and you manage your clients’ expectations correctly, there is always room to be flexible and either delay aspects or improve aspects of every project.
Iván Meade is the principal designer and founder of Meade Design Group, and has received international and critical acclaim for his work in graphic, interior and industrial design. His infamous blog (circa 2007) has kept Iván at the forefront of the art and design community giving him the opportunity to interview some of the industry’s foremost names, including Kelly Hoppen, Jean-Louis Denoit, Kelly Wearstler and Lorenzo Castillo. Recently, these high-profile interviews have been updated and compiled into an e-book, and the blog has since developed into a multi-platform approach, with the launch of ‘LifeMStyle’.
His work can be seen online at ivanmeade.com.