Design systems seem to be a hot topic nowadays. What's more, I've been working with the design systems myself for the past 18 months and already have seen the benefits of them to both - the customers and the businesses.
From my experience, I can definitely say that a design system can save hundreds of thousands of dollars for business while offering a better experience for users.
The topic of this post is one of the most asked and discussed questions in the entire freelancing and creative industry.
Whether you just got started in design (or another creative profession) or already have some experience in the field, you probably had those questions bothering your mind.
What's more, I've also been there (surprise!). I lived through the tough times of not being able to say the price and as a result - doing cheap projects and working for almost nothing.
But as we grow we always get experience along the way. So in this article, I wanted to share my experience of how I grew from a $20 per hour freelance designer to a $250 per hour design mentor.
Over decades, designers were forced to become multifaceted - besides design aesthetics alone, these days, you are expected to also have a good knowledge of strategy, marketing, and coding.
But as mentioned above, those are still parts of something bigger and I strongly believe that there is one skill that (on my subjective opinion) can control them all: good design communication.
Often, designers have a completely wrong image of how the portfolio should look like. What's even worth - most think that they can create one portfolio to get all the clients or companies they need.
If you ever felt difficulties finding new clients or applying to the job - let's move on.