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Do you know when to stop while designing?

Every time when I am working on a design project, I tend to strive for perfection even though I know that there isn’t one. For instance, when designing a logo for a company, while there are unlimited ways of approaches and executions, I still continue to explore for more options. Also, when professors and classmates are critiquing my work, I find that each person has a different opinion and likes and dislikes about the elements of the design. In the real world, my classmates would be my colleagues and my professor would be my client. While time is so valuable, I have been trying to work smarter, making the right design decisions and spend less time on readjusting or reconfiguring. The important aspect of the design process is qualifying the client and representing and selling the final work at the end. After spending many hours of sitting behind the computer, making changes reflective to the critiques, did you have project that you are still unsatisfied? Or everything in you design makes sense to you and looks perfect, but not to your classmates and professors? How did you proceed in the situations like this?


  1. Lindsay Kempter wrote:

    I think perfection is a relative term dependent on the designer. One could even argue that perfection doesn’t even really exist. When I am in class, I take critiques from my classmates seriously, but at the end of the day, my professor is my client and the one that I need to make happy. Currently, he holds my grade, but as a client, he would be holding my paycheck and the possibilities for future projects. If it is perfect for them and a well-designed project, then I am happy. It may contain images or color schemes that I would personally choose, but it’s not about the designer. You’ll always have a project (or two, or three) that aren’t your favorite or your best work. The point is to learn each time and use that knowledge in future projects.

    Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Permalink
  2. Nikhilaa Prakash wrote:

    I completely agree with you. I spend hours and hours trying to make one part of a picture look like its perfectly been edited on Photoshop.
    I don’t completely agree with being unsatisfied after my work all the time. There are times when my professor and fellow classmates like my work after i have spent plenty of hours on it. There are times too, of course, when i have spent many many hours on a project,and my professor has literally told me “It’s crap”.WHen i get this kind of reaction from my professors, i know that i have to put in twice the effort to make it better. I just take it as this: if my client doesn’t like my work, i am going to have to redo it, and they have my money (!) so i need to do what satisfies them.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink