Designing products is hard. It takes a lot of planning and preparation. Followed by user testing, revisions, feedback, and more revisions.
In this article I share 10 tips for more productive design work. These will help you speed up the process while following some strict guidelines to ensure ultimate quality.
1. Map 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.
2. Step by Step.
Take each step at a time and only move forward when complete with previous steps. Don't rush to complete the landing page before you have designed the product. Take your time and care for each aspect of the design, even the boring pages that no one else cares about.
3. Be Consistent.
Not only will consistency ease the user experience, but it will make the design process much faster. Re-use elements such as buttons and sign up forms instead of recreating and changing each one.
4. Test it Out.
Before finalizing a project test it out. Work out the bugs and get some user feedback. This could save you a ton of extra work and will keep from damaging the users initial experience should you fix the bugs and mishaps.
Remove unnecessary elements, take away from the information overload and simplify the process for your users.
6. Re-evaluate the Designs.
Once you feel complete, look back and re-evaluate the designs. Did you overcome all the challenges and address all of the project goals. If not, it's time to do that.
7. Get More Feedback.
Get more user feedback after you've refined and re-evaluated the design. This will ensure that your product is up to par so that when you launch things can run smoothly.
8. Check the Details.
Look for spelling errors, mismatched colors, and other design issues. Make sure you have everything presentable and use high quality illustrations and stock photos. You wouldn't want a beautiful design ruined by poor stock photo choices or misinformation.
9. 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 can put yourself in the user's perspective.
10. 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 ship. You can't keep perfecting a design forever.
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