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Tips for Successful Design
A designer is someone who designs and that is a very broad definition. You could be a professional graphics/web designer, interior designer, an architect or an artist, or just someone who designs home projects. No matter how you design, here are some tips for more productive design work. These will help you speed up the process while aiding to ensuring ultimate quality.
Plan it Out
Figure out the issues, the challenges, and the setbacks and start brainstorming ways to overcome them. Beginning a design project by listing out the tasks and organizing your workflow will lead to a better design process overall. Beware, though, that while preparing properly is certainly valuable, it’s also easy to lose yourself in the planning (and dreaming) process. Plan enough then act!
Step by Step
Take each step at a time and only move forward when complete with previous steps. Don’t rush to complete one segment before you have designed the entire product. Take your time and care for each aspect of the design, even the boring stuff that you don’t care about.
At various phases of your design project, have a fresh set of eyes go over the work. This could be a friend, spouse, colleague or the client signing off on your work to date. After hours of heads down work, we can get “design blind” and a new perspective from someone else can allow us to see errors or mistakes that that we were not seen.
Re-evaluate and Refine
Once you feel complete, look back and re-evaluate the design. Did you overcome all the challenges and address all of the project goals. If not, it’s time to do that. This is a good point to remove unnecessary elements, take away from the information overload and simplify the process.
Get More Feedback.
Get more user feedback after you’ve refined and re-evaluated the design. This will ensure that you are continuing on the right path and that the project continues to evolve properly.
Check the Details
Look for design issues. If you are designing something with text and illustrations or photos, make sure you have everything presentable and use the highest quality available. You wouldn’t want a beautiful design ruined by poor stock photo choices or misinformation.
Take a Break
You’ve worked hard on your design project. Take a short break and give yourself some time to think over the design. Come back with fresh eyes and see if you had any “design blindness” issues that are now apparent.
Wrap it Up
Now that you have taken the time to work hard on a quality design project, wrap it up. There is no use in obsessing over things multiple times when they were already looked over. After you’ve dedicated the time to a beautiful design don’t be afraid to finish. You can’t keep perfecting a design forever.
‘til next time, take care.