Over the years I've designed many logo's (mainly for print media) but I think this tip still holds value and also applies to web based media (or most other visual media) and perhaps even 'Life as we know it'.
Session I(a) - How to neutralise the "Everyone's an Artist" Syndrome:
[FONT=georgia]A version of the Logo that the client has briefed you on (ie. their design)
[FONT=georgia]A version of the Logo that you want (ie. your 'professionally considered' design)
[FONT=georgia]A version of the Logo that is very bland, ineffective and unappealing
[FONT=georgia]Why?... Well most clients (people) want to be in control of the decision making process when it comes to their company logo (and so they should be), but most don't really know what they want, but they certainly know what they DON'T want! Therefore option 3 gives them the opportunity to 'wield their power' ie. "I don't like that" - and therefore they feel they have made a 'good choice' and subsequently 'that' particular itch is satisfied.
So, cleverly, that has left us with options 1 & 2. Obviously option 2 is the one we are trying to sell them!... right?
If you do this thoughtfully, and also try to include an element of their idea, in my experience 90% of the time they will go for your design! In any case, so they should, you're the designer!!
9% of the time they will just go for their design (everyone's a bloody artist!) all good though because they got what they asked for.
On occasions I have had clients go for option 3 :eek:... Oh well, 'just don't tell anyone that I designed it!!!
So, with option 2, what we have achieved is we have very intelligently 'steered' the client into our choice but made them think somehow it was all their idea and decision. Very importantly we have given them something more than they expected, and as a result they are very happy. As a designer, that IS what we should aim for! After-all that's why they hired US instead of getting 'the secretary that knows how to use ms-word to come up with something'. You get kudos, more work and good referrals.
Obviously the percentages are approximate :p
So ends Session I. Anyone up for Session II?...:eek: