Processing the process

31 Dec

Every process is a journey. How we follow that journey varies, and we don’t know what we will discover. Process is a timeline; an evolution of an idea. Process is the way in which we complete tasks. Most of the time, the process is unknown and may be un-interesting to most viewers.

Process seems to be the most important part to some and to others they simply want to see the results. I’ve noticed as I become a more “seasoned” designer that following basic principles of a process that works will result in a successful outcome.

I’ve also learned that the act of thinking and mental powers are used greatly in the professional design world. Some days I come home and I’m tired, when I shouldn’t be because I sat at a desk all day and clicked a mouse. But the gears in my brain were moving all day long solving one of 5 problems:

1) Figuring the best way to communicate information
2) Organizing information in a clear way that the user can access
3) Finding a way to customize the user experience
4) Creating new and innovative ways to reach the audience
5) Cracking HTML and CSS code

These can be some pretty daunting tasks but if I think through the process in the beginning, then the final outcome is usually easier to reach.

Planning, preparation, and research will always help if done near the beginning of the process. This sets up a base of knowledge to solve the problem with. Being aware of the difficulties can help increase the chance of making those difficult elements more simple.

Collaboration and receiving a critique from another mind is always an important part of the process. This viewer can bring up something I have missed, and also helps to make sure everything is spelled correctly and that all of the elements are in place.

There will always be revisions. The editing process can be difficult, but it must be done to create the best product.

When the final production phase sets in, it’s always exciting and nerve racking. With web, it’s not as exciting because that can be changed instantly and may always change.

Everyone has their own process. A process should never be set in stone. It should bend and flex for each project at hand, but have some key checkpoints to ensure work is getting done.

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