We all make mistakes. It’s a totally normal thing. But that doesn’t make it any easier when it happens. Our egos still feel bruised and we tear our hair out in frustration.
The best thing about making mistakes is that, once you’ve made one, you can learn from it. They are a great opportunity to grow and refine your skills. For designers, this couldn’t be better. The goal is to become the best you can be at your craft for the benefit of your clients and for the sake of your career.
Here we have some examples of common mistakes that have been made by designers in the past. If you’re a designer yourself, read this thoroughly and hopefully, you can avoid these blunders.
1. Working too fast
Designing is your passion, right? That’s why you do it and that’s why you want to be successful in every project you take on. Some designers when working, end up going too fast. By taking shortcuts to get a project done as quickly as possible and to build up your portfolio.
Instead of working fast in all aspects of your projects, be selective about what parts can be done quickly and other parts that need care and attention. By being reflective on how you work means that you can still go fast, but in a smarter way.
Breaking into the design world is hard. There are so many talented people in the industry that getting noticed could result in accepting every offer you get whether you have the time or not.
Usually, designers have numerous projects going on at once, which is great for your brand and your wallet, but not so good for your wellbeing. So learn how to say no and realise that putting yourself first is okay. Being overworked could result in the quality of your working being affected, so choose your projects wisely and take control of your schedule.
Miscommunication on a project feels like a death sentence. You leave a meeting with a client none the wiser on what they’ve asked you to do, or you didn’t write notes quick enough on your notepad and figure you’ll just improvise later.
Asking for clarification does not make you look incapable. It will not make the clients lose faith in you. If you’re not certain you need to double check with them that you’ve understood their needs to make sure what you deliver is right for them. Do this for the sake of your reputation and career.
4. What’s your role
As a designer, there is a high chance you’ll do some group projects. This is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because working with other creatives is always a great way to learn and bounce ideas off of one another. A curse because you have to rely on others for the project to be completed.
In this scenario, make sure that each member of the group is clear in what their role in the project is. With a deadline looming, the last thing you want to worry about is if your teammate is really contributing or not. Also create a checklist for each role to ensure that every stays on track.
5. Continuity Errors
Sometimes a project can be long and tiring work. It is easy to become fatigued and like we talked about earlier, overworked.
With these feelings can come continuity errors in your work, like mismatched fonts used, drifting from the original style of the piece and an inconsistent layout.
Take pride in your work and take care to be consistent. Check, double-check, and check your work again for good measure.
We’ve already made these mistakes so you don’t have to. So take your time with your work, ask for help or clarification if you need it, and take care of yourself in the process.