Taking on a new design project is exciting, I love feeling God’s inspiration, working hard, and delivering a great design project. But with each new project I take on, I have noticed a variety of emotions I go through. So today I thought I would share with you a few of the different stages of emotion I feel throughout the design process.
When I first get a project, I am get very excited about it. Oh the joys of of a new project! My mind starts racing about all the possibilities. Color, design, and typography ideas rush to me as I prepare to take on this new project.
This is the best part of the new project. I sit down with my notebook and start writing down every idea that comes to mind, nothing is off limits, no bad ideas. I jot down colors, texture ideas, sketch out typography ideas, site map ideas, and just about anything else that comes to mind. This is where I try and take time to focus on God’s inspiration, feeling out which ideas he has given me.
After getting all my ideas out and tossing out the bad ones, I start doubting my abilities. Sometimes I want to squeeze in that really cool extra feature and I am not sure if I can hit the deadlines, other times I want to push my design to a new level or try a new style that I haven’t before. This phase to tough to work through, because sometimes I feel like I need to crawl in a hole.
With doubt comes stress. Stress for my projects is usually related to the project deadline. It tends to be a unwarranted stress, since my projects tend to finish early, but some part of me wants to believe that I am going to miss that deadline.
As I start to mock up pages, I start to feel the rhythm of the process and elements seem to flow together. My confidence starts to build up as I finish the page design, as I wrap up all the touches of design that bring the project together.
I start coding out the project and a sense of relief hits me. The project is almost done, I can see the finish line. For me, coding out a project feels very relaxing to me. I am a designer first, but the coding of a website is a very enjoyable part of the project because I know the end is insight.
Boom. Project is done, delivered, and the client is happy. I couldn’t be more happy! Well, once their check has cleared, I couldn’t be more happy. I sit back and look over the project, enjoying the product that I have created.
So to my designer friends out there, what other emotions do you feel when working on your projects?