It's always interesting to me, at least to hear of how others go about their work and the approaches they take with their clients to get a piece of artwork out the door. My situation is this: I work for a large UK-based national charity as a print designer with the occasional web button or banner thrown in. Within the building, there are also a number of semi-independent groups that have their own funding structures in place and also have different branding requirements. Overall, there is a huge internal demand for flyers, promo and display material, reports and paid-for publications. However, my internal clients are through no fault of their own usually ignorant of the publishing/design process and often stipulate absurdly short lead-times and tend to provide copy that is either extremely wordy or riddled with errors with the hope that amendments can be made further into the design process. So the way I usually work is this: Once the job is booked in, I know what the print budget is and when I have my hands on the final text, it's a matter of laying out the copy first as it's usually a tight fit, and after the copy is nicely-fitted that goes back out for a proofing while I start working on any graphic elements and images that can slot in around the copy. These are usually heavily-modified or manipulated images from our image library with the occasional illustration or render done in Illustrator or Carrara. There are never any comping stages or presentations to internal clients, there isn't the time and luxury for them so it helps keep you on your toes, essentially designing the first or second decent idea that comes into your head. Typical design times for a 4pp flyer to press might be 8-12 working hours. This is one of the reasons I'm usually reluctant to post any of my work here as it's usually compromised by timescales and other limitations. Occasionally, there are the design-led projects that have fewer limitations and where the boat can be pushed out a little (e.g. the organisation's Xmas card). What kind of work do you do and how does your creative process usually work?