How To: get the most out of your revisions

How to: get the most out of your design revisions

A good working relationship between client and designer is important in getting the best out of your project and managing your design revisions effectively plays a big role in ensuring you get a beautiful and functional new design as quickly and easily as possible.

So, what can you do to help get the most out of your revisions?

Here are a few of our top tips to keep in mind when you’re beginning a new project.

Identify your goal & purpose

Ensure that you have thoroughly identified your goal & purpose for each individual project – no two projects will be the same!

Take the time to consider your target audience, the purpose of your project, what medium you will use, what size budget you can allow – think about why you’re doing this. There are many variables think about, give yourself the time to think them through thoroughly.

Use our design brief form

Our design brief form is a great tool to use for any project. It has been developed to help our clients identify and collect all the important information necessary to create anything from a beautiful new branding identity, an effective & captivating website or a successful promotional campaign.

Think through your content

It is important to have your written content at least 90% final (ideally) by the time you brief in your project.

Giving your designer a really rough draft can blow out the design layout if, later on, you add/remove a lot of text. Alternatively, you could end up out of pocket if you have to change your content more times than the included rounds of revisions allow.

Compile your changes

Ensure that you check your draft designs thoroughly with each updated version. Even get a second pair of eyes to check it over for any little spelling or data errors! Once you’re happy with your list of amendments, make sure you compile all your changes into one email rather than sending the changes piecemeal so you don’t waste revision rounds.

Mark up your changes clearly

There are plenty of ways to mark up draft designs. The easiest way is to use your PDF viewer’s mark up tools or alternatively Microsoft Word review tools. You can even just hand write your comments clearly and neatly on a printed draft if you’re not confident enough on the computer.

Be specific

Try to be specific and detailed in your comments – vague changes like “can you make it pop more?” or “make it more dynamic” don’t help your designer to pinpoint what you don’t like.

 

Katerina Przita
katerina@easternbloc.com.au

Kat specialises in branding, corporate identity and web design with a special love for illustration and infographic design.

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