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How long do you take?


#1
Hi All

I want to gather peoples opnions on how long certain design tasks should take you.

The reason why I have a burning deire to ask this question is because, I have recently been told I am no longer needed at one particular design company because i was taking to long to put togther designs for some interactive touch screens that I was designing in photoshop. The thing was there were several screens that I had to design all at once that made up the project, about 2 or 3 screen deigns to be done within just 2 days!!!
Which I think is a ridiculously short period of time to come up with a finished polished designs by. I mean before you even jump into photoshop and Illustrator, I need at least a day or two to sketch out on paper my thoughts, brainstorm, and do some online visual research into other companys/ websites that have a similar ''look and feel'' to the client that I am designing for, once I have this research/ inspration to hand, its only then that I will begin my design mock ups in photoshop/Illustrator.

So, I ask you all to comment please about how what is a good employable pace that I should be working to? I appreciate some design tasks will take longer than others depending on the size of the project, but I would particularly be intersted in how long should a logo or how long it should take to design some website page layouts in photoshop??

I ask this question because after being told what i was told, I am now very worried that I will never be quick enough despite my design talent to get things done in the time people expect them to be done by. :-(
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#2
Every job/company/person is different. From what you have said here it sounds like they wanted some rough concepts rather than finished designs.

I'd have said 2 days for 2-3 screen designs would have been enough for me personally but it does depend on the complexity of the designs etc.

Personally I very rarely spend more than half a day on concept sketches and brainstorming as often as not my work evolves or I get new ideas while I'm drawing up some concepts etc, but again everyone is different.

I'd have thought that the company would have given a brief in regards to the feel and look of any corporate identity (if its not new) so this would govern a lot of the work.
 
#3
I'd say that 2 days would be enough for that task. But it does depend on how complex these screens were and how much information you'd been given to carry out the task.

When I worked for agencies they usually allowed 1 day for a website concept (including a sub page), which I always felt was a little rushed. Sometimes I'd have to really power through the sub page design and neglect it a bit to finish the job on time. Now that I work for myself I allow 1.5 days for such a task and find that it works nicely.
 
#4
Hi Will,

Thanks or your input and feedback, much appreciated. Having visited your website {which is very nice by the way} you talk about the the phases you go through to put together a design like the planning and research before you consider any design work, which makes total sense, however when you say the agencies you worked for normally only allowed you a day for website concept and a sub page did did that also mean you had to plan and think of an appropriate layout all within the same day? That just seems like a hell of a lot to ask for in one days work, but if you can work that quickly fair play to you. Maybe I need to learn to think on my feet a little quicker without sacrificing to much quality in the work, would you agree?
 

berry

Active Member
#5
Speed, Price, Quality, pick any 2 but never all 3.

I'm surprised that you've been pushed over the pace issue of your work, is that a permanent employment or a freelance arrangement? Seems strange, don't think I could just let people go with that excuse unless I wanted an employment tribunal. Is there something deeper?

In term of work v pace, your output seems about par for the course, without full knowledge. It would not seem to me be as slow enough to warrant dismisal. Confused.
 
#6
It's hard to say without knowing the exact scope of your project, and I don't really know anything about touch screen designing. Letting you go because of that seems a bit harsh though. The company I work for also allow one day for a website concept incl. a subpage (and planning, sketching etc) which seems to be pretty standard judging from Will's post. I also feel that it's very rushed sometimes. I'd love to have an extra day, or just half a day, for polishing and to give more attention to detail.