So. Many. Reasons. Most designers are artists first, which often means the organization and structures for carrying out their brilliant designs fall behind or are delegated to others in an unstructured way. Circaphiles’ goal is to get designers to stop reinventing the wheel and seeing other designers as competition.
If you are a solopreneur, you should join Circaphiles to have a community of like-minded designers to rely on and initially set up your systems for vetting clients, placing orders, budgeting, etc. You also need a way to keep your resources fresh for “wheelhouse” projects and out of your client’s google searches. The moment you get an exciting new project outside of your home base or your normal genre of design, you know exactly where to turn to get the resources and ask advice to knock the project out of the park!
If you are a seasoned designer with a staff, how are new hires supposed to know what trades to use for projects or how you would like your orders placed? Your staff can refer to the directory to pull products and assign trades for projects, ask other design firms how to handle challenges or if they have a recommendation for a specific vendor beyond the directory, as well as pull workflow templates on how to run all of your projects.
If you are a student in a design program, Circaphiles offers a special membership for you to bridge the gap between the classroom and your first job!