6 Ways to Ship Better Design Deliverables Faster
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Its 11 am and you have a 2 pm deadline. We have been there and we know the feeling of having to get a project done quickly. Instead of turning to your nearest outsource talent finder, remember that your client wants something original and hired you for a reason!
At the end of the day, process work and deliverables are all about stimulating a conversation, so we present 6 ways that can achieve that best.
Start with Hand Drawings
This works wonders and with a 20-40 minute exercise you might have all that you need. Remember the basics: hand texture quality, arrows, upper case text and the original graphic standards that all architects live by. Artists, web and graphic designers have the same brain waves, so put them to practice and show your client that you have an authentic touch to your work. Spare yourself 10 minutes and start drawing on your Surface Pro 4 or iPad Pro and see the same hand quality but on a digital format, easy to send multiple iterations to your audience.
Batch your work
This is a no brainer but takes years of practice and knowledge of the program one is working in. It’s a quality that separates junior designers from their seniors. Start batching in Illustrator and Photoshop. A simple exercise is open 7 canvases and immediately produce the header and footer first and duplicate them on every page.
Use Templates and Assets
Don't be ashamed of getting ahead start from another designer. For 12 dollars, that pattern pack could save you hours of your time. Understanding that great artists build upon one another is something that we all practice. During time forsaken circumstances, you can get by turning your process work layered on top of the downloaded asset so that your client or manager can best see the direction.
Remember making it your own is not difficult or time consuming if you know what corners to cut when. Combining your original piece with pre-made elements from the downloaded asset is something that can create a more professional product for your client. If your client is wanting something entirely custom, look to portfolio sites such as Dribbble.com, Behance.com, Deviantart.com, and Carbonmade.com/portfolios and Coroflot.com for inspiration and find a single piece that you like to model towards.
PSD and Sketch Plugins
These are quick and easy to install (try to do so before the day of the deadline) and can save you hours of time when producing final deliverables. Head over to https://madebysource.com. The team has spent countless hours so that you don't have too. Our favorites are Pixabay where you can instantly insert free stock images inside PSD containers, iOS Hat which lets you build iOS apps from Photoshop, and Uber Faces which is a beautiful way to add faces inside PSD containers.
Wireframing is good for multiple reasons and if done beautifully with callouts can blow your clients out of the water. Start with a template and grow your library. CreativeMarket and UI8 are great marketplaces to purchase wireframing assets that you and your team can grow upon.
Good practices in wireframing will make you faster. Remember layering, grouping and isolating elements within Illustrator to quicken you time creating the piece's architecture.
For fine arts, graphical or 3D projects, wireframing will come in handy when giving you client a preview.
Show Process Work
Like wireframing, showing your client process work is something that is a quick way to start conversations about the work but also lets the client inside your brain and builds a personal relationship, something clients will bill more for. Process work should be titled and dated to always present itself professional and complete. Spend 5 to 15 minutes to describe the thought process behind the work and ask questions, allowing the conversation to transfer back to the clients.