I read a fantastic blog post by Headscape’s Paul Boag, it clearly explains some of the essentials for anyone who is looking for a new or old designer! If you only have a minute read his summarisation below.
You need to take control of the design process. Its your site and you should get the design you want. The role of the designer is to implement your idea. Do not allow him to drag you down into endless discussions about ‘users needs’, ‘accessibility’ and ‘usability’. These are all distractions from the primary aim - to impress your boss and earn that next promotion.
BUT any self respecting (hair pulling) designer needs to read this, if we only had the stones to tell our clients this.