A Short Conversation With Robert Podgorski of BlackMoon Design
Today I am starting a new series of posts entitled “Short Conversations With a Pro.” Each Monday for the next several weeks I will post a short conversation with some of the design community’s more established and talented individuals. I am starting the series by chatting with designer Robert Podgorski of BlackMoon Design.
Besides being a designer, Robert Podgorski is also co-founder of BlackMoon Design a design studio based in Poland whose recent work includes the website design of one of the major polish video production companies—Papaya Films.
Robert was also recently honored with a position as a jury member at the CSS Awards—a well-known css showcase. He also writes a blog at http://blackmoondev.com. To learn more about BlackMoon Design visit the site, and don’t forget to follow Robert on twitter.
- Can you tell us a little bit about your first design job?
- I remember it pretty well actually. I was hire for half time in a small advertising agency. I’ve learned quite a lot there - mostly be influence of fellow designers who also worked there. I guess the key factor that helped me getting this job was a portfolio of some personal stuff I’ve made before.
- How did you land your first freelance design gig?
- I’ve found it on some project board for freelancers. I’ve made couple of mistakes during that time (like taking work without clear agreement with the client), but it definitely thought me quite a lot.
- How much effort do you invest in finding new clients?
- Well, I don’t spent much time looking for clients, but I stay in touch for interesting projects that show up on forums or boards for designers and I respond to the ones I find interesting.
- Related to the previous question, how do you maintain your current clients?
- The most important part is to recognize the problematic character before taking project from him. Even if something nasty about the client (like asking for changes requested by his 12-years-old nephew) pops out in the middle of the project - if you have clear agreement before starting (and I’m not talking about legal contract) it is rather easy to handle such situations.
- If you could make one suggestion to someone about to jump into freelancing what would that be?
- Be yourself. Don’t take project if you don’t know if you can handle them. Be honest. Know your strong points and use them. Know your weak points and try to make them better.