How to run a successful design studio: 6 tips from the pros

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Running a design studio can be very hard work. While you might have honed your design skills over years of experience and have gained expertise in dealing with clients, running a studio with several designers under your wing introduces all sorts of other skills and challenges.

First and foremost, you need to be able to manage other designers in order to let each individual shine while working for the team. You'll want to hire the right people if you're getting started – see our guide to everything you need to know about art directors, for example – and you'll want to make sure they can work at their best. Then you'll need to keep on top of multiple deadlines with a range of demanding clients.

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Julia Sagar
Editor-in-chief retail

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.