An In-Depth Look at the Graphic Design Process
If you’ve never worked with a graphic designer before, you may be wondering what the process entails. What’s the first step? What should I expect from my graphic designer? How long will the project take?
While the thought of getting started with the process can be a bit daunting at first, understanding each step beforehand can help ease any worries or confusion. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect when working with a graphic designer.
The first step is to meet with your designer and lay out the ideas for your project. Now’s the time for your designer to get to know your business and project needs and for you to get a feel for the graphic designer’s style and work.
Use this opportunity to thoroughly explain what you’re looking for, the style you want, and your audience demographics to ensure each party knows what the project will involve. You should leave the consultation with a solid understanding of what is needed for your project as well as the graphic designer’s role in it.
Once you’ve decided to move forward in the graphic design process, you’ll go over the project scope with the designer. This means defining objectives, goals, a timeline, and all of the details needed to complete the project.
Your designer will lay out a timeline for everything that needs to be done and break down every service provided, as well as the fee for each. During this time, it’s important to make sure you’re both on the same page and know what’s expected on each end.
This is also where a contract or agreement comes in. While a contract serves as a legal binding, it also makes everyone involved feel better about getting started by giving each person a safety net. An agreement will lay out the specifics of the project like what is expected from each party, when the project will be done, and when and how the designer will be paid. Be sure to review the contract carefully to make sure every detail is correct and has been previously discussed.
Review and Editing
After working on the project for your business, your graphic designer will go over the design with you to get your feedback and make any necessary edits. As this will be the first time you’re able to see your vision come to life, you should really take it in and see how you feel (and take a moment to enjoy the process!).
You may absolutely love what your designer has come up with and be ready to put it to good use. But if you aren’t thrilled about it yet, don’t sweat it — most graphic design projects usually result in at least one edit. Now is the time to tweak any style issues, like colors or fonts, and share your thoughts so your designer can refine the design.
The moment you’ve been waiting for — the final reveal! After going through revisions and editing, your project will be complete and ready for you to review. This step is your opportunity to look over the completed design as well as finish up the process by tying up any loose ends.
Make sure the design has met the project’s needs and can be used by your business in the format needed. When it’s all said and done, you should finish the process feeling accomplished, satisfied, and ready to show your new design to the world!
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