Being a designer can be a tough thing by itself! I have found that one of the most frustrating (and freeing) things about it is that it is truly a healthy mix of intuition, subjectivity, and principle.
But not everyone can make the cut, and not everyone is meant to be a designer specifically in the NPO (Non Profit Org) space.
Here are 3 reasons for you to consider:
1. Not a People Person
People are people everywhere, that’s a fact, but it’s really important to know how to relate to people well within the NPO space, especially since the goal is typically to reach people instead of make a profit or push a product.
If you hate people then designing within this space is a no-go.
If you’re interested in becoming filthy-rich from being a designer then you need to target a different audience and market than NPO because it’s just not going to happen.
Sure, many NPO’s have money but we all know it’s just not the same as the non-ministry/non-NPO market.
3. Not a Good Listener
A large value for all NPO’s is the story they want to tell, through their actions and how they impact the world. If you’re not a good listener then you won’t hear the story and won’t be able to execute effectively for the organization and it’s needs.
Sure, you need to be a good listener for any contract job but I’ve found that you have to be especially adept at understanding and hearing the nuances of a NPO.