The artwork from Pink Floyd’s 1975 album, Wish You Were Here.

Having to break up with a client is never ideal. But sometimes, it’s the best possible option for both parties. In 2020, my graduate design team at California College of the Arts’ MDes program learned this the hard way. Parting ways wasn’t something we ever thought we would do, nor was it an easy decision. But it taught us many invaluable lessons that some of our classmates who did stay with their clients may not have learned.

Before I dive into our journey, it would help to give a little bit of context. Within the realm of interaction design master’s…

Shervin Nakhjavani

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