Have you just completed your design degree and joined a new design firm? Securing new clients can be just as challenging as earning a degree in design. With commercial and residential design, developing a portfolio of successful projects and satisfied clients is the goal of every designer. Junior designers are often added to large projects as part of a design team. You’ll have the opportunity to complete and take credit for segments of the project. Close collaboration with team mates is critical for a unified design and overall success. Outstanding design involves a lot more than selecting the best products and materials. It’s also critical to have project management skills. Installers, fabricators and tradesmen all have to be scheduled, given proper materials and instruction. Once you have a few design projects under your belt, you’ll be able to show case your portfolio to potential clients. Follow the recommendations from the professionals for putting your best foot forward and landing the contract.
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