I’m sure for some of you the first question that came to mind is why? Typically it would be your superior like an Art Director or Creative Director that should fill that role. Oddly enough, working without an assigned project manager for over 2 years has made for a lot of interesting conversations and tight deadlines. Juggling business and creative development isn’t easy, hence the two roles are divided when you have a proper process.
Project managers help to set the deadlines, the relationships and the data gathering to make the life of the designer easier – so that we can focus on the needs of the client and the services we have offered to provide for any given project. The people that you work with are important to the success of any project as well as your personal career success. To think that your portfolio is solely dependant on your own skills is far from the truth. Your portfolio is primarily you but it is also your coworker’s and manager’s influence.
If you’re familiar with the show How I Met Your Mother, you’ll know that Barney believes he is the best friend of Ted. After watching a few seasons, you might actually agree despite Ted’s refusal to admit to Barney’s best friendship. Sometime’s it’s not just what someone says that makes the difference but what they are willing to do for you.