Another day another dollar, or not so much. Not for the first time I find myself preparing design ideas for a pitch we have next week, a free pitch, unpaid design time, it's an oldie but a goldie. Conceptualising ideas is my favourite part of the design process, doing some research, pulling the ideas together, sketching up roughs, creating Photoshop mock ups, showing them off and waiting to see if you've got it right or wrong.
I love it, it's so exciting, yet it's the part of the process that often goes unpaid as more and more clients expect us to pitch our ideas and not to cover any of our costs, great if you win the job, a bit of a kick in the teef if you don't. So what should we do? I guess at the moment it's a choice that we've made, if a job is worth having and we have time to do the pitch we go the extra mile and do the designs, if it's just a small job we feel our folio is strong enough to showcase what we do so a potential client can make an informed choice about us without doing the designs.
I wonder if it's the same deal down in 'Laandan' or if they manage to get more money for their pitches? Is it only the big companies that get paid for pitching or do us little guys get a share of it too? Hmm, I'm sure I'm opening can of worms here but as it's what I'm doing today thought I may aswell blog about it!
Wish me luck in the pitch! Off to do some more research, happy weekend! :-D