I had another meeting with my designer this week. Progress is going really well. Especially in comparison to the experience with the last designer. Some things have really clicked and I can see they really “get” what I want. They are excited and enthusiastic which was something that was really important to me when I went looking for a designer (both times). We are definitely moving in the right direction.
But there were also a couple of glitches.
Designs that didn’t quite fit with what I wanted. I’ve sent some more feedback to direct the designer where I want it to go. I’ve been making more decisions on the part of the series I’ve just seen for the first time. One of the things I learned from my first designer was to let it sit. Give it a day to float around in the background as you are doing other things. This works surprisingly well in helping you make decisions.
And the hardest of all – design regret.
I have been thinking about it for the last few days. Is what I have chosen what I had pictured in my mind in the beginning? For some of it, the answer is No. Is it what I am picturing now? For some of it, the answer is still No. Does it all go together as a cohesive series? I’m not sure, but I really like each element.
And back to the most basic and raw question –
Is this good enough?
Do I want to use this? Will other people want to use this? Will people want to buy this?
At the same time, I am getting ideas for new designs, for a second series, which feels like a bit of a contradiction.
Design regret… It’s bugging me a little. Have I let the designers lead me? And let them lead me away from what I pictured? Did I get swept up in the designs they did, without stepping back enough to really see if it matched the ideas in my mind. And is that a bad thing? Looking at the designs again, I really like them, even though they aren’t what I first pictured. And I can see lots of different ways that I can play with them. I can see the art journal pages I want to make with them. Am I just over thinking it all? Confusing myself for no reason?
I am hoping to hear from the designers again this week for more design changes and approvals. As always, I will keep you in the loop. I keep working things out in my head and think I may have the designs ready to list on Etsy in August. I don’t want to promise anything this early though. After all, the best laid plans can go astray as I have learned already.