I am in the process of hiring a designer that has good portfolio material. The problem i always run into is the fact that many designers will highlight their best work and that is what initially draws me to them. However, very often i find that once we start working together, it seems they aren't putting as much creative effort into my projects.
I understand that in a one-ff paid situation, it becomes a "cost-of-time" situation where the more they work, the more they earn, but there must be a clever and fair way to assure that both parties receive the agreed upon results. I do not pay all upfront, i deposit 50% and have very clear wire frames and design specs. I think i am missing something in regards to my approach or process in working with these designers. Any tips or ideas would be gladly appreciated.