Ever wonder what it’s like to be a graphic designer? Well, look no further. Here at Wave, we have one of the best (we can toot our own horn, right?), and decided to sit down to ask her a thing or two about her day.
So, if you want to be a graphic designer, or are just curious about life at Wave, keep reading. Here’s what it looks like:
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Give Us A Quick Overview
My mornings start pretty much like everyone else. Wake up, get dressed, get to work (usually by 8:30 or so). Then, I like to sit down and organize my thoughts and my day. I do this by creating a to-do list. At Wave, we use a task management system called Wrike, but I usually like to take it a step further and prioritize all my tasks. These usually get broken down by due date, importance, and level of enjoyment. I like to do the complicated, less-enjoyable tasks first. After that, I tackle anything that is urgent or smaller tasks as compared to everything else. Lastly, I think it’s really important to stay up to date on the latest design trends and news. This is great to ensure that you know what is happening in the industry, but also helps when you need a nice mental break.
What About Your Design Tasks?
Everything depends on what tasks are at hand. Every design project is different. But, for new projects, I usually follow the outline of doing some research, creating a mood board for the brand, creating sketches, outlining the sitemap (if this is for a specific site redesign), creating the wireframes and mockups, and, after approval from the client, implementing final designs.
Now, for new tasks, there are some other aspects that I have to take into account. These are tasks that usually have been worked on for a while. However, if I get stuck on a particular design or having a ‘design block’, I look up examples of competition or inspirations to help along the way.
But, as a team lead, design tasks aren’t all I do. I often have to meet or have a call with clients multiple times a week. This time not only includes the meetings themselves but also the prep time to get all the details together.
And, there you have it! What can we say, we have processes and a great outline for getting. Things. Done. Want to know more about our design team at Wave? Contact us today and see how they can help you!