I have a confession: I'm a lazy designer. Don't get me wrong, I love putting my head down and doing my best to create quality work, but I'm also a big fan of finding ways to save both time and effort in every aspect of my workflow. I'm never proud of spending 40 hours on a project when I should've spent 10 to achieve the same result. If you're a lazy designer too, here are some tips you might enjoy.
1. Stock Isn't a Sin
Using graphics, fonts, and photos from sites like ours can help you bust out fantastic work in record time. A great design is simply a collection of well-crafted smaller pieces; however, not all of those smaller units have to be 100% of your own conception. Using a font or graphic from an online marketplace, or outsourcing parts of the work will help you achieve greatness without stressing the small stuff.
2. Originality is Overrated
Truly original design work is great, but don't feel a need to reinvent the wheel with every client and project. Utilities like Bootstrap can rapidly speed up your workflow and are often perfect for your client's needs. It's easy to feel the need to astound by doing creative back flips, but what you need to remember is that while specific projects call for that type of effort, others might be more straightforward. Always do your best to provide what the client needs, but remember that the solution isn't always going to be completely unique.