“When it comes to perfection there’s no such thing as talent. It is just putting those extra hours into work over and over again to achieve something better, something greater.”
The field of creativity is like the roses and its thorn. As sometimes, the ideas bloom like those flowers, and then when you try to touch you get stung by its thorn making you rethink or take a recourse. The work of a designer is not that different. It is a similar indelible situation with them, where they, usually, require time to come up with great designs. They take time to think, explore, brainstorm, and even google a bunch of articles for inspiration. And for the most part, their job role gives them the time to do all of that. But in all of this, there is a catch.
A relaxed schedule doesn’t guarantee inspiration and/or creativity. Also, there is always the chance of the procrastination panda in our head trying to take the wheels off the workaholic honeybee. So, you see, this is a red herring where you distract yourself into believing that with the extra time you can come up with a better result while, all this time, there’s always a better way available. The way is to design faster and it is what we will look further into in this article.
Why Should You Design Faster?
So, it is pretty much established how a slow rate of work as a designer is not the same as a great quality of work. However, changing gears to doing things faster can potentially lead you to even a better solution that you may not have even expected. I say this because when it comes to designing, it can be defined as an iterative process where you need to follow a series of steps to get to the final product. These steps involve applications, tweaks, and repeats to improve the quality of the product.
It is trial and error methodology where you will have to get through the number of mistakes and changes to finally have your Eureka moment. And what’s better to do that than by making several attempts at it. And when it comes to making several attempts you need to design faster to fit the whole process in the time you have been allocated. And to help you with that you can check our 7 tips to design faster and effectively.
1. Define your Goal
Stepping into designing faster mode is a slippery slope as most of you look to get into the Design Mode immediately only to find yourself slowed down somehow. So, the best way to start would be to sit back, take some time and do a bit of reflection. Reflect on the work you want to accomplish, divide that work into parts, and plan things accordingly. This will allow you to have a clear target at every step of your work and you will most likely come out with a great design by the end of your allocated give without having to face a lot of issues.
2. Stop Looking for Inspirations
Creative block is a word that is often being thrown around in your area of work. So much so that, sometimes it comes across as a lame excuse and that could rub off the wrong way with your clients or manager. People tentatively delay things, unknowingly, waiting for some kind of inspiration to help them come out with a quality product. And here comes the power of iteration. The person who takes this eventually learns to make changes swiftly to improve the thing he was working on. The same applies to designing as well. This is even proven from the story and experiment from the book, Art & Fear.
3. Sketch, Sketch, Sketch
So, independently of the situation, you are stuck in while working, you can always sketch your way out of it. How? Sketching is one of the most efficient ways to make someone understand an abstract idea including yourself. And we are all aware of the power of the visuals that we have in our brain. So, try to put all your ideas into a paper or notebook and start evaluating them to find a solution you were stuck in. Besides, these sketches take less time and you don’t essentially get attached to them as well meaning you can get rid of them whenever you want.
4. Share with Others
People say sharing is caring but I say, “Sharing makes you a better person both personally and professionally.” When you share the progress of your work, you are more inviting more perspective into it. And more perspective is always a good thing as it can help us in creating the best possible design. So, try to keep sharing the progress of your work at all times.
5. Keep Taking Feedbacks
Irrespective of the field you work in, feedback always helps, and designing is no different. After you have completed a stage in your designing process, you should always look to share its detail with either the concerned client or manager or a person's knowledge in the field whose feedback you think can be helpful. Doing so not only can elevate your work to newer heights but at the same time helps you in dividing the sense of ownership and burden of the work. Also, it can even help you in building your reputation up with people constantly being aware of how invested you are in your work.
6. Design in Stages
If you really want to start designing faster, then you simply cannot afford to spend a lot of time over details when you are not even sure if the base idea will work or not. So, you must break things into stages to have clear checkpoints that can save you a lot of time. You can divide these stages into three parts namely; general idea, expanding the idea and finalizing.
Stage One - General Idea:
Here you can up with rough sketches of the ideas you have thought of for the design. It can be an illustration of a logo or a couple of wireframes showing an interaction flow.
Stage Two - Expanding the Idea:
This is where you start working on the details of the rough sketches you have drawn.
Stage Three – Finalising:
Finally, as the name suggests, your design must be ready by now with the required details in it. All you have to do is start putting them together, like in proper grids and the golden ratio, to make it look like a finished product.
7. Take Breaks
In the process of designing faster, people always tend to put a lot of stress on working rigorously and sometimes without even taking a break. They perceive it as a way of commitment to the work they are doing. But let’s be honest, all work and no play indeed makes Jack a dull boy. Nonstop working could take a toll on your mental health leading to hampering the quality of the design. So, shy away from taking breaks, especially, when it is a well-earned one. Also, a refreshed mind is always more productive than a tired one.
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