The whole purpose of using the art of graphic designing is to be able to creatively and effectively pass on intended information visually, in a given amount of space. You may miss this purpose due to a number of mistakes.
Using too Much Information
Too much of something turns out disastrous; in most cases. This is clearly evident when you use too much wording, too many pictures and images while designing graphics. In such a case each and every piece of information in your work seems to scream for attention making your work not have a clear purpose. To avoid this; before beginning your work, you should identify what the ‘centre piece’ of your work is, and what the supplementary part is. This will guide you and help you decide on the part of your work that draws more attention and is sure to attract the attention of the intended audience.
Use of Cliché’
If you intend to make a statement with your work, creativity and uniqueness is always the key. Most people who design using graphics have a habit of just copying other designers’ work. This creates a form of cliché making the intended audience not pay too much attention to it; this makes the work lose its meaning. To avoid this, always think outside the box.
Using too Many Fonts
Using too many fonts in graphic designing leads to a disorganized look; you should always strive to be consistent and appealing in your work. The maximum number of fonts you can use for great graphic design output is two.
Not Understanding What Your Clients Wants
This is an expensive mistake. It can cost you both time and money. It is quite frustrating having your work rejected after putting in a lot of time and effort into it. Before commencing on any graphic design task you should ensure that you fully understand what your clients needs. Ask questions in case you do not. You should also maintain communication with your client. Involving your client in every step of the way enables you make any corrections as early as you can. It also helps you stay on the right track.
Piling Up too much work
The problem many designers struggle with is turning down that extra work that is sure to rake in some more money. Discipline is very important in graphic designing. So as to produce high quality work and keep your clients coming back, do not take more work than you can handle.
Not Protecting your Work
Sometimes you may be required to submit your work for approval or opinion when you are half way done. Never submit an original version of your work. Not everyone is worth your trust; some individuals may take it and work on your ideas dismissing you in the process. You should also insist on signing contracts so as to fully protect your work.
Know it All Attitude
Avoid this attitude at all costs. A great designer is one who is open to learning new things and learning from mistakes. Accept positive criticism and always work on improving your overall delivery. With time you are bound to outgrow your mistakes and deliver outstanding work.