The Ultimate Guide to Proposals: Design is a distraction

The more I learn about business and design, the less importance I give to aesthetics. Design is a distraction. Don’t hate me yet! There’s so much more to a successful business than just good design. Design needs a reason to exist, a purpose. By itself design is art, and I’m no artist. I’m not saying you should neglect your design skills, but I would suggest there are more important aspects to our profession. Designer's need to put business goals before pixels as results will trump a pretty design any, and every day of the week.

The ultimate guide to proposals: Why proposals fail

If you’re reading this then chances are your proposals are under-performing and you don’t know why. As designers we dislike writing proposals. We worry about all sorts of things: Am I too expensive? Am I too cheap, too eager, too slow to respond, have I understood the client, do I even know if I can provide real value…? The list is endless. But you might be surprised to hear that most proposals don’t fail because they're priced to high, too low or look like they were thrown together in Word. Most proposals fail because they...

The ultimate guide to proposals: What’s a proposal?

Let’s not beat around the bush. Nobody likes writing proposals. They eat away at billable time. They can be tedious, and a portfolio is all you need anyway, right? UUUURHHH! WRONG. An amateur designer can make do with the traditional “quote email”, the one that says, “That’ll be $3,500, please”. But a professional sets themselves apart. A professional woos their client with a project proposal.

The ultimate proposal cheatsheet

Nobody’s born knowing how to write a great proposal. Invariably we learn through trial and error, which I’m sure you’ll agree isn’t the best way to learn. One of the reasons I decided to publish The Designer’s Guide to Proposals free on the blog was to help design professionals get over this immense hurdle. I think every creative professional should understand how to write a winning proposal. So to aid the process I’ve put together: The Ultimate Proposal Cheatsheet and here it is for FREE!