Doing Business as a Designer:
The Price Wars
(Slide-u-mentary Version - made in google docs)
By Jae Xavier of KnowledgeCity.com
Before the Internet
A topic that is frequently mentioned in the design industry is
the “price wars” game. And too often, the economy is almost
Before the age of the internet and of powerful computers
with ingenious software, the design industry had very fewer
amateurs. The industry was driven by those who sought design
related education. Only a few entered this industry through
raw talent or self study.
Today, anybody can be a designer. All it takes is curiosity.
8 years ago, YouTube launched. Now everyone is a
videographer and motion graphics guru.
10 years ago, blogs started to become popular. Now everyone
is a journalist and an author.
12 years ago, Deviant Art was launched. Now everyone is a
designer and an artist.
Amateurs are everywhere: software is easily accessible,
websites are the publishing platforms, and curiosity is the
motivator. Very few evolve into professionals.
What’s the difference between an amateur who bids on price
versus a professional?
Professional designers solve problems where amateurs cannot
because they have a sustainable competitive advantage.
Amateur designers do business with amateur clients.
Professionals do business with professional clients.
Its not wrong being an amateur, but its wrong for a
professional to regress back into “amateurhood”.
Where do you see yourself?
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Doing Business as a Designer: Getting Started