Planning and its Importance

by Jack Pritchard

Hey! Just so you know, this article is over 2 years old. Some of the information in it might be outdated, so take it with a grain of salt. I'm not saying it's not worth a read, but don't take everything in it as gospel. If you're curious about something, it never hurts to double-check with a more up-to-date source!

When it comes to design, it is not only important but more so essential to have a good plan made before any production begins. Now, I am guilty of being a young naive designer who is always wanting to start a project immediately without any planning. However, lately, I have been experimenting with my process, by ensuring to have some sort of plan made before execution so that I can have a sense of direction at all times. Having a plan does not only make what you know clear to yourself (goals, ideas, etc.) but it also allows for these goals and ideas to expand. Being able to analyse the problem, identify the end user and the tasks they are going to carry out helps build a good end product and also relates to user experience. UI PSD - This week in my university lecture for Interactive Design, we focused on creating storyboards for mobile phone apps. This was perfect as I was currently in the middle of a side project for a hypothetical business brand for a business called 'Best Blend'. A coffee business which is launching a technology presence online and on mobile. Now I had already begun creating the mobile UI and prototype design. However, by carrying out this design process, I was able to build upon the pages I had already designed with new ones. The main advantage of the plan was that I had a clear direction and annotation of how to execute the design. Here is the storyboard showing a basic storyboard process. Now when I go back to creating a UI animation and page designs for the app, I will have a reference to know what needs to be included and how it interacts. The full project will be posted on my Behance website when I have completed it. I will also post some of the more important brand images (logo, products, etc.) to this blog on completion.