How do I choose the right designer?

You need to speak with your shortlist of designers to find out who you gel with. You want someone who listens to you and isn't pushy. You do need guidance so you do need to be open to advice but not be bullied into a decision.

It is important that you feel comfortable with your designer and feel that they genuinely care. You could be working with them for many months or over a year so it's important that you feel understood and heard.