Every designer works at their own pace. Some love to work extremely fast, while others like to spend a lot of time on certain projects. Ideally, the faster we can work, the better it can benefit us. However, if working at a quick speed compromises our quality, then the question arises as to how fast a designer should really work. I believe that working at our own pace is the best policy, most times.

Some designers naturally work faster than others. That’s just a fact. Some know their way around the programs really well or some just have gifted minds and come up with extraordinary ideas very quickly, among other factors that contribute to the design process. Regardless, designing works like many other fundamental aspects of our lives. The more we practise, the better we become. We weren’t born knowing how to walk, far less how to run. In the same way that many of us slowly progressed from being an immobile baby to being mobile human beings, the same way good design can eventually become second nature. Practice determines how fast and how efficient we will eventually become as designers.

We should try to take things slow at first. Our eagerness to complete a project may leave many un-dotted i’s and uncrossed t’s. There’s no shame in being meticulous about your work. However, careless mistakes can be quite embarrassing. If we take the time to do our best at first, even if it’s at the cost of a couple extra hours, in the long run those hours contribute toward making us almost flawless designers. Mistakes will always happen regardless, we’re human. However, the less mistakes we make, the better. The more we practise striving for perfection, the faster we’ll be able to achieve that goal.

There will be times where we are overwhelmed with work and deadlines. It’s an unfortunate circumstance that is sometimes unavoidable. Life sometimes gets in the way of planned timelines and all we can do is accept the consequences and try to be resilient. In situations like these, we try our best not to make any mistakes. Even if the quality of the design may be compromised, 90% of our best is still better than 0%. Of course, these are only in the worst of scenarios. We should not be happy with not being able to provide our best work all the time, but I think that we must at least be able to accept the fact that sometimes things like that will happen.

Don’t worry if at this point in your life you can’t design as fast as many of your colleagues. Hard work and determination will bring you to their level and beyond. Persistence is key in practising to be a better designer. When we get knocked down seven times, we stand up eight. Eventually, perfection will become ours. Until then, we have to do the best we can to slowly inch toward that goal. As long as we create a sturdy foundation, the castles we build will be unbelievable.