I got the best email the other day. It was from a client, partner, friend. She was absolutely ecstatic about a print piece we did together that had just returned from the printer. She was so grateful for all the work that went into it, and in turn, I was so grateful to be able to do the project. With some clients, mostly the smaller ones, who painstakingly work within small budgets and are extra mindful of time, cost and outcomes, there’s a level of mutual gratitude that is really something to marvel at. When working with someone where what he or she does is a life passion and has all of themselves poured into it, it’s not something I take lightly. Sleep can be lost, project obsession can take over and schedules can get a little chaotic, especially as we get down to the wire. But the outcomes can be magical and is why being a designer can be a wonderful thing.