Mistakes every designer makes

We all make mistakes and it’s not something to be ashamed of. You can either learn from them and become a better designer for your clients, or continue to make them without even thinking at the consequences. But the first step is to realise that you are making mistakes in order to try and avoid them in the future.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
— Scott Adams

1. Not correctly understanding the brief

Before starting to work for your client, you must understand the brief. If you don’t know exactly what the client wants, you will waste a lot of time working up some ideas that might not be useful. And in this case you will have less time to rework the project because the deadline will be closer.
 
 You have to understand the brief from the beginning. And most importantly, you must keep in touch with the client during the project to make sure you’re working in the right direction.

2. Using the wrong typography

Choosing the right typography is one of the most important decision regarding the design. It can easily make or break a design project. You may need to restart all the work from scratch if you get it wrong. And who wants that? So in order for that not to happen, you should keep in mind some simple rules. 
 
 Stick to maximum two different fonts per project. If you use too many fonts the work might look cluttered and confusing for many. Pair a serif and a sans-serif font. The contrast between the letters and the canvas is very important, so you have to create enough contrast between those two in order to easily read every word. The tone of the type you choose has to match the tone of the content you share. You can get some inspiration from Font Pair.

3. The problem with proofreading

Proofreading is something that can cause many problems. Using the spellchecker is helpful when you have to find misspelled words but it can’t check the context in which the correctly spelt words are being used. If the final version includes typos, it will look unprofessional and will push the clients away. So after you finish your work you must proofread every piece of it and maybe ask someone else to do it too. We recommend you to use Grammarly.

4. Forgetting to Package All Files

It may not seem like it, but forgetting to package all the files can cause many problems for the project you’ve worked on. You could actually lose the client. You have to package everything and provide all the source files that you used for the project. You can either manually package the items or use the “package” function if it’s available.

5. Fearing White Space

Even if designers know how to use space, they have some trouble when dealing with whitespace. The so-called whitespace doesn’t exactly mean that it has to be white. You can choose any color you want and use it between the important parts of your design. If you try to cover too much information in one space, the result will be a cluttered mess. The whitespace can be easily adjusted and can offer a really nice effect on the overall design. So you must give every element space to exist and you have to add padding that will keep the elements from running together. But be careful not to fall into the extrem of not having all the necessary information.

6. Using overused stock images

Most of the designers can’t afford to hire a professional photographer, so stock images come in handy most of the times. But it’s not always such a great idea because you can end up using stock images that people have already seen in another project. And it’s a shame to work on something beautiful and in the end to find out that the same image is being used in another project. This might take the originality out of your work. 
 
 Try to avoid the popular stock images and focus on the least downloaded ones. We’ve created a list with the most popular websites that have beautiful free photos here Free Photo Website Collection.

7. Copying other designs

In any aspect of life, originality is the key. It’s one thing to find inspiration from another’s work and a different thing to straight up copy other designs. Nobody wants to hire a designer who can’t do their own work and needs to copy from someone else. And because everything is online, you will risk to be embarrassed in public. And who wants this?

8. Taking criticisms personally

If you want to be a graphic designer, you have to deal with all that comes with it. And that includes some criticism from the other designers or from possible clients. It’s important to remember not to take it personally and maybe learn some tricks.

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