Sep 14, 2011

Ask Amy: Maintaining Your Sensibility

By: Amy Atlas, in Ask Amy

It’s been a long time since we posted an Ask Amy post, but starting today you’ll see Ask Amy as a regular column on the site.  I’ll be here to share my design, dessert and business tips with you all.   First up is Susana of Citrus and Orange in Portugal.


Amy, I love all your tips.  When you are asked to do something that is clearly not your sensibility, do you do it and try to adapt it to your liking or do you refuse to do it?


Susana, this is a very good question and can sometimes present a quandary.  I think the most important thing is to determine whether the project is merely outside your comfort level or if it is completely not a style you would feel comfortable creating.  If it is the former, then I think it is very important as a designer to push yourself and do it.  I’ve been in this experience and it has helped me grow.  It is those times that I’m struggling late at night to piece together a design, but I’ve benefited so much from those projects.  If the project is not your sensibility, then try to see if you can somehow meld your sensibility with the client’s vision.  I’ve had situations where clients wanted my signature tailored style, but wanted it glammed up.  I was able to combine the two styles to make my client happy.  If the client does not want anything that is close to your sensibility, then it makes sense to question whether you would be the best vendor for your client.  Just in case, have vendors in your space that you can refer who have different styles.   I hope this helps, Susana.  PS – Your work is beautiful and I’m happy we have featured you on Sweet Designs!

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  • Hey Amy!

    I want to start off by telling you that you are a huge inspiration! I have my own candy and dessert buffet company and would like to know how you get such gorgeous backdrops? I have read one of your blogs about using a foam board; however, can you give us all some tips on how to create more professional looking backdrops?

  • What would have to be a criteria for a time when you recommend a client to a colleague? Just clashing visions or something like a moral principal?

  • Amy and Lisa – and all Amy Atlas Events team: thank you so much for taking the time to answering my question. 🙂 Truly sensible advice, I cant’ get enough of your helpful tips. Your generosity never ceases to amaze me. And I’m super honored to have been here in Sweet Designs, such a lovely place! I’m going to remember your words whenever I’m on a future similar situation.



  • Melissa

    Such great advice, Amy. Thank you!

  • Great advice… we once had a client who knew our previous work well but insisted on rejecting all of our proposals. Instead of getting frustrated, we decided it would be better to recommend them to a friendly competitor. Be careful in referring difficult clients to friends– you could ruin you’re relationship in the process!

  • isms

    Great advice. Thanks 🙂