Friday, November 6, 2009

When is a design finished?

When a designer undertakes a project, whether it's personal or professional, at some point there's the question, is it done? What does done mean?

In your creative endeavors, what does done mean? Is your process iterative? A mad creative dash?

This article speaks to 23 designers and poses the question:

A Design is Finished when... 23 Pro Designers' Opinions 

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  1. Interesting article. What is your position? You should post your opinion.

  2. You first! Seriously, though, I think the situation depends on the project. In a business setting, there are contraints like timeline, budget and approvals that will tend to define completion. But on a truly creative project, it's a completely different matter.

    I suspect it may have more to do with personality – is the artist a perfectionist? If so, he might toy with an idea over and over, on and on, and never feel that it is done.

    Personally, I tend to have so many ideas that I'm ready to blaze on to the next one before even I feel like the first one is complete. One's mileage varies.