A blank document illuminates my screen. I tap the A key, and draw an artboard…
Questions begin to emerge, as I start setting up my document.
I draw out rectangles, set text, pick colours, toggle grids, rulers, and guides on, off, and on again.
I place and move elements—in 1 and 10 pixel increments.
Sometimes, it comes together quickly. But sometimes, the questions continue…
With visual design, compositions have a way of not looking quite right until all the pieces fall in to place.
While there are principles that can guide your decision making, it can be demoralising while in the midst of a project, still moving from where you are with a design, to where you want to be.
The most important thing to do at this point can be difficult, but it is simple.
For me, it seems there are no shortcuts. No easy way out. It’s a numbers game. It all comes down to the hours you put in.
If you’re like me, arbitrary deadlines are actually a very important tool. Don’t let side projects languish—finish them. Release them.
And don’t let taste and perfectionism paralyse you.
Something you finish that isn’t perfect is better than something perfect that you never finish.