Faithful to the Ikebana principles of minimalism, I compose my floral designs with few flowers. The reasoning behind minimalism is based on the fact that leaves and stems are better suited to express the three points (man, heaven and earth) that govern an Ikebana composition. Depending on the place where the arrangement will be used and the season, I may use a single gorgeous flower, which can be very effective in creating a pleasant aesthetic impression. But the focus of my arrangements is to recreate nature. So, as a rule of thumb, I tend to keep my compositions rather simple. As in Ikebana, simplicity and minimalism are at the heart of my designs.
There are three types of flower designers _ designers that create arrangements based upon following floral design recipes which others originally created, those who create custom_made flower designs for each order, and those that can do both. It is not a given that the judgement will be good for each of these types of designers. However, the judging really comes down to whether or not the resulting design is liked by the customer and fits with their preferences. Since each type can receive positive feedback on their designs, it really doesn't matter which one to choose to become. It will come down to how much creativity and artistic license one prefers to exercise as the same excellent customer service skills are required for each type.