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I need to hire a web designer. How do I test his creativity and skills before I hire him. Ideally I'd like to give him a fairly open-ended task i.e. I give him a problem statement and ask him to design a PSD file.

Any suggestions on the problem statement I might give him? Also, is there a better way to hire /test a web designer?

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I don't think this is a good approach. Making a solid PSD mockup is a task that usually takes days, not hours. If you doing this, you better be paying for there time. –  GSto Oct 13 '10 at 15:50
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You can always ask for:

  • Previous work
  • Examples of design
  • Mockups / thoughts / ideas before you commit to a design
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I just asked a designer sat across from me - he said he wouldn't perform the task but rely on his portfolio.

Are you testing the potential designer's competency with his/her tools or want a feel for their style/output/approach? Examples of previous work is a better way, talk to a past client or two, and listen for what feedback/ideas they have when talking to you. They might mock up one or two (roughly, not finished articles).

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I'm looking for the right approach. Also, since I will hire an experienced designer, I don't want to waste time training him on basic web design best practices. –  Gaurav Sharma Oct 13 '10 at 13:02
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