A project always begins with answering a few questions: What is the client looking for? What are the technical goals of the project? What can I accomplish in the time given? Finding answers to those questions is one of the hardest parts of the job. My research can take anywhere from a few days to a month, until I'm satisfied that I have all of the information needed to design a project that will satisfy my client's needs.
Once I have all the information I need to get started, I go to my sketchbook. I list all of the project requirements as well as a list of descriptors that characterize my goals for the project. My sketches include wireframes as well as general imagery for the project. Once I have the project sketched out, I write a schedule containing a timeline and goals for every section of the project.
I find that there is always room for improvement. Once I have the basic structure of a project, I keep designing new iterations. When I have a design that I'm happy with, I present my client with options, and discuss the best way to proceed. With the client's feedback in mind, I continue to finalize the project.
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