When you are about to start a new design project you may feel a bit daunted by the idea of all of the various project stages which you will need to go through including: the brainstorming, sketching and discussing ideas, feedback exchanging, prototyping and drafting. All of this may seem quite overwhelming when you are at the start line.
Don’t worry! Here are some tips on making this entire process less nerve-racking and to help you remain motivated and excited about your new project instead:
This is the first thing you should do before beginning work on a new design project. Make sure that you create a proper plan and timeline which gives you sufficient time to complete each small step instead of rushing it or panicking because you don’t have time. Proper planning will allow you to relax and will help motivate you.
In order to enhance your creative flow, jot down and sketch any single idea you get during the brainstorming stage. This will help you assess your current creative flow and whether or not it is at optimal level at the moment.
Although it is all about the user experience, but for us designers the visual aesthetics are an essential element of the design project, right? So, have some fun with the colors patterns or fonts in order to visualize the end result. Don’t get too carried away though and let the visual dictate the user experience!
Feel free to discuss the design with your colleagues, family or friends. This will help you get out of a creative slump and help improve your move and get those creative ideas flowing. This is an easy and fun way to get your project flowing in accordance to your planned timeline.
Yes working on the visual part is possibly the best part of design, but the important and main part of your design project should always be solving user experiences in the most creative way. This is why you should release your creativity and do some sketching in order to work out the perfect solution. It is exceptionally motivating to look at the progress you have made at the end of the day!
Going through all your e-mails first thing in the morning can take up too much of your precious time and energy, so try focusing all your attention into brainstorming your design ideas instead? Fresh ideas come from fresh and rested minds, so leave the exhausting e-mail reading and replying for after work.
So, set up your plan and get out your sketchbook out now – you will find it is much easy to kick start a new design project if you follow these six simple steps.