What happened after the wheels fell off with my designer

When I first started this project, this adventure, I thought the entire range would be finished by the end of March.  At the latest.

It is now the middle of May and I am basically having to start over from scratch.

As you know, I am not afraid of a good cry, a sulk or a tantrum.  So I’ve done a bit of each.  You know, when in doubt – do them all.  I’ve had a whinge and a rant.  I’ve walked around the house sighing a lot.  I’ve felt a bit lost and not sure what to do next.

In my previous post I shared why I had to fire my designer.  I now have the job of finding a new designer and educating them about the entire project.  Not just their role but also  the philosophy of my business.  The technical set up for the design work.  Everything. Ugh.  When I first decided to go on this adventure, I thought finding a designer would be the easy part.

In trying to find a new designer, I have spent hours researching people and emailing the ones that seemed to be a possible fit.  The results have been less than spectacular.

Over the course of 2 weeks I’ve looked at hundreds of designers sites.  I found about 20 I thought might be a good fit.  Out of the 20 people I’ve emailed, only 4 have even bothered to reply.

One replied a week after my email to tell me they weren’t available for new work.  Another has been emailing me back and forth but they were taking almost a week to reply to even short emails.  This is one of the issues I had with my other designer and I haven’t had a reply from them at all to my last email .  Another replied quickly and did a Skype call with me.  They were lovely and wonderful and honest enough to say they were probably not the best fit for the style I was looking for.  That was so sweet and refreshing but it still put me back to square one.

I was starting to wonder how I was going to find anyone, let alone the right people I wanted to work on the project.

The other reply I’ve had is only the second where they sounded genuinely excited and interested in the project.  I’ve had a 2 hour meeting at their office which was interesting.  It felt very business-y, just like you see on television.  All 3 designers and their intern were there.  They looked at my samples and the artist papers I took with me. They looked at the website links I had sent them.  They asked lots of questions to understand what I am trying to create.   By the time I left I felt I had found someone who was on the same page and they genuinely wanted to be a part of the project.  FINALLY!  We might be getting somewhere.

I am now patiently waiting on a quote (says the Queen of Impatience).  I am trying to put the past experience with my previous designer behind me.  Take the lessons with me but leave the hurt and disappointment back where it belongs.

I will keep you updated on the progress.  Cross your fingers for me.

♥ Coral.

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