Is there a particular issue that is important to you or that causes you difficulties?
Important to me:
– Being multi-skilled
– To design unique
– Adapting to new technology
– Working within fast turnarounds

– Balance and time management
– Managing unrealistic expectations

Are there examples of work by other designers/illustrators/practitioners that can be argued to have addressed this issue/problem?

Unrealistic expectations from clients
Good design takes a lot of time, planning, thinking, researching and developing. Staying in touch with clients throughout a project and keeping them informed along the way is  also very important.
Colin Harman (2016) designed a great venn diagram poster to address this common issue most of graphic designers face.

Figure 1: Colin Harman, (Source:, 2016)

Reference: (2016) Colin Harman quote [Online image]
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[Accessed 03 November 2016]

2 thoughts on “Integrating Theory and Creative Practice

  • Andrew Parson

    Nice blog!

    It would be interesting to know more about how you managing unrealistic expectations as a graphic designer, as this drives me mad too!

    I want the same as that Coca-Cola campaign, but I only have a small budget! Another good one is the request for a price on a simple small website, but they then want a shop and all the trimmings 😀

    • Kiran Khan

      Thank you Andrew,

      Exactly ! 😀

      I think it is very important to make clients clear (professionally), what they’re asking for, how unrealistic it is to accomplish. And I don’t feel like I need to charge low rates just because someone else will do it for a fraction of the price. I charge what I believe “my” worth is, and make sure they know why I am worth it.


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