So now that you’ve read a little bit about what companies are looking for, tips for applying and the benefits of being on a team, I wanted to address some of the other tidbits about a design team. This week I won’t have feedback from the lovely contributors, but I’ll bring them back again next week!
Today I wanted to answer some of the questions that you all have asked during this series. It was so fun to read your questions! If I didn’t answer your question in this post, I’ll do another round up of questions at the end of this series!
Today’s topics: does a team hinder creativity, how to handle DT rejection and being on multiple design teams and time commitment.
This is such a great question! For me personally, when I was previously on a design team, it was initially hard to get into the routine of creating- especially when a specific stamp set/ product was chosen. If you’re on a team for a company, it’s always good to do a little research to see if their style/ brand is something you would buy yourself. If you aren’t crazy about their products and wouldn’t buy them yourself, this probably isn’t going to be a good fit for you as a designer. Companies want people who are EXCITED about their products; it shows in your posts and projects.
I will state that every once in a while, you might find yourself needing to work with a product that exactly your favorite- that’s okay! Not every product has to be your favorite, but if you can make it fit into YOUR style or crafting and be creative with it, that’s what us (as companies) are looking for.
As far as deadlines, I will state that I typically am one that works well under pressure. If I know I need to have a specific theme or product showcased, this is a great starting point. Each team is different in their assignments and deadlines, but I know that some of them you have to create as soon as you receive the product. I’ll admit that there were a few times as a guest designer where I needed to do this and it DID hinder creativity working under an extreme deadline. As a designer you want to make your projects beautiful (as you should since they are attached to your name and brand), but typically, being on a team should enhance your creativity and not do the opposite.
This question is one I remember all too well. While I can’t say that I’ve ever been rejected from a team I really wanted to be on, I can relate in correlation to wanting my cards to be published. I was fortunate and got the very first thing I submitted published and then it was a long, dry spell.
After being published so quickly, I proceeded to apply to multiple publications, only to be rejected time and time again. It was hard and I know you all know the feeling. I will admit that I did shed tears after not getting emails from an editor (that I truly thought I would receive). It was hard the first time, but then not hearing back the second, third, fourth…. time was even harder. I started taking it personally and almost wanted to stop crafting all together. I then had to step back and realize that I was putting way too much pressure on myself and I was taking the JOY out of crafting. I stopped submitting and fell in love with crafting all over again.
When I took a step back, I not only developed a love for crafting again, but my love for blogging came back as well. All of the time and effort I had put into submitting, I refocused into other areas and then a whole bunch of other opportunities came after that. Isn’t it funny how that happens?
Before I answer this question, I must note that each company has different policies. Some will say that you must work exclusively for their company during your term, others may note you cannot be on conflicting teams (one that has similar styles or products) and some teams may not have any kind of clause at all.
For the PPP team, I do not mind at all that my designers are on other teams. In fact, I love that they are! Each of my designers have a unique style and come from different crafting backgrounds; many of which have been molded by the teams they have been on previously. I love when they can mix the stamp companies they work with and showcase them with PPP products. This crafting world has so many wonderful companies and I have always been an advocate of bringing companies together.
With that being said, I do try my best not to have designers who overlap with other companies who sell predominately sequins and other embellishments.
There really is not set answer for this. As mentioned above, each time will have different assignments and requirements, and each designer has their own style. For one person a card may typically take an hour and another person could take 20 minutes.
I do want to mention that being on a design team is so much more than creating a card for an assignment. You’ll also need to photograph and edit the project, type up the post, add in the necessary info…. some teams may ask that you also post on social media to promote the assignment, or upload to Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook. My biggest tip in all of this: STAY ORGANIZED. A calendar dedicated to your assignments, or a spreadsheet of some sort will 1) keep you from falling behind deadlines 2) keep you sane 3) be a world of difference to the design team coordinator/ company owner.
More on that in the last segment of this series….
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I hope that you all have been learning and enjoying this series- it truly was created for YOU. I can’t wait to share the remaining info I have from the contributors next week- they have so much great feedback to share! If you have found this series helpful, be sure to tell a friend!
Until next time…