A Break Down of My New Four Week Design Process

A Break Down of My New Four Week Design Process

As a designer running a creative business, having a specific design process can be one of the most important parts of your day to day life. It can be the main thing that dictates your workload and attract new clients who like the way you work.

When I planned my recent website and business relaunch, something I was desperate to update and streamline was my design process. My previous process was, if I’m being kind to myself, disorganised and if I’m being completely honest, a huge mess. It was an area I had improved in small amounts over the 18 months of being a freelance designer but it still wasn’t completely perfect. I lacked specific deadlines, efficient communication and most importantly an end date which meant projects could be going on for months.

I put all my effort into carefully creating a design process which is a positive experience for both me and my client and something which we can both enjoy and work on together. The process I have landed on and love is a four-week inclusive design block in which all prep and design work is completed.

Freelancer Rules I Ignore

Freelancer Rules I Ignore

When you take the plunge to become a freelancer, you are bombarded with a huge list of Do's and Don't's that you must follow. I've now been working for myself for around 18 months and although some of the rules can be super important (keep track of your taxes, keep in touch with clients, learn how to say no etc.) others, for me, never really stuck. When you become self-employed it's really a case of figuring out what works for you but here are the 'FREELANCERS MUST FOLLOW' rules which I have found don't work for me.

5 Must Have Blogger Tools

5 Must Have Blogger Tools

Blogging is a tricky business. Write a post and then go? We wish! People rarely realise the work that goes into the perfect blog post from writing your content, picking the perfect images, scheduling to sharing and then planning what's next. We use a number of tools to make sure we are on top of everything blog-related and want to share our favourites with you to help you streamline your blogging activities. Here are our top 5 to get you started.