DIY Design vs Hiring a Professional. Who Wins?
In any start-up’s initial phase, an important question has always been asked. And that is, “Should I hire my own designer?” The truth of the matter is, there is no straightforward answer for this question. But before we explore your options, let’s talk about DIY:
The culture of entrepreneurship has never been as strong as it is now. Almost limitless learning resources are available to anyone with an internet connection. Granted, designing is in no way easy; instead, it is a complex process that requires great knowledge about color hierarchy, combinations, white space, visual flows and this is merely touching the tip of the iceberg.
And yet, designing is so accessible now. There are thousands of guides online for every topic, and though it’s considered a design staple, Photoshop is no longer a necessity in creating good designs. PosterMyWall is one such example of making designing accessible to non-designers, providing them with user-friendly tools necessary to create their own masterpieces. And not to brag or anything, but frequent use of PosterMyWall’s design tools has allowed me to express creativity in way which would otherwise have been impossible for me.
Designing your own visuals is a skill you can develop over time, especially if you’re not a designer by profession. Good designs can give you an edge in a world that’s all about perfecting the first impression.
It’s even easier with the huge gallery of templates we provide. All of these templates have been designed by professional designers, All you have to do is pick one, and customize them with your details. Easy peasy. We also have a template for every occasion. Newsletters, posters, flyers, brochure pages, social media graphics and the list goes on…
It’s not only about you improving a skill, but DIY design tends to be a lot quicker, and hassle-free. For you to hire a designer, it’s all about the lengthy process of going to Upwork, create your job posting, then skim through the piles of resumes you’re going to receive. It’s a tedious process that can be tolerated once in awhile.
But if DIY isn’t your thing, hiring a designer isn’t all too bad. Here’s why you might want to consider hiring a designer.
If you’re not a designer by profession, a designer will save you time and potential stresses from creating the perfect design. But there’s also perspective. You may not agree with the design results, but those can be fixed eventually, with appropriate brainstorming and edits.
Hiring a designer ensures that your design is best suited for it’s function, whatever it is. Because they know how to express your demands on canvas, while keeping in mind visual queues, and which fonts to use where. You’ll end up with a design that not only looks good, but serves it’s purpose better (such as a party flyer, or a business brochure).
So, you might ask, what should one do? DIY or hire a professional? Your best bet is to do both. For your day to day designing tasks, use PosterMyWall to create your own great looking flyer, by picking and customizing an appropriate template. It’s much lighter on your wallet, and you avoid the hassle of hiring and interviewing a designer. Once in awhile, hire a designer for a major project, such as a long infographic for a particular blog post. And once that’s done, you can potentially use that design as a template for your future designs. The path to success, while on a budget, is a mix of both DIY design and hiring a professional for some projects.