What to look out for

​Not researching the designer’s past work

Choosing a designer based on an uninformed decision and without previous research could lead to hiring a team that can’t deliver the time, cost or quality outcomes desired. Spending some time looking at the designer’s previous work and talking to people who have worked with them can validate their skill level and ability to perform. Undertaking such research will help you get the most from your investment. It is also important that you like their work, that their vision is likely to match yours and that you feel comfortable talking to them. They will become very involved in what is likely to be a stressful part of your life and it is important that you have a good, productive relationship.
Using unclear contracts
Contracts that are vague or complicated can result in misunderstandings during the project, with you not knowing what to expect from designers and designers failing to deliver timely and sufficient information. Simple yet comprehensive contract documents are essential for a smooth design process. It is recommended you use a standard, recognised, industry backed contract.
Selecting a designer based solely on cost
It is important not to select any professional on the basis of lowest cost alone, unless it has already been established that they can perform to the required levels of quality and performance.​​