One of the values that I hold myself to on all my projects is paying attention to every little detail. I believe strongly that putting the utmost care into every pixel of every icon is the only way to achieve great results. Sweating these details makes the difference between amatuer and professional work, and professional work is what stands out to people.
Most people will notice, even if it’s only subconsciously, that something is amiss if you don’t put in that extra effort. I’m even talking about people who aren’t well versed in design, they may not be able to articulate exactly why, but most astute people will know when care wasn’t put into something.
Taking Pride in Your Work
One of the greatest feeling sas a creative is being able to take pride in the work that you’ve done. You’re never going to be totally happy with what you create (more on that next week), but you can still appreciate your work for what it is and feel proud of it because you went that extra mile. You sweat the details that most people won’t even notice, but that’s the idea.
A great example of putting in those extra details that many of us see every day is the iPhone. Apple spent a lot of time not only making a sleek, attractive phone on the outside. But they also took the time to make the insides of the phone, something the end user isn’t even meant to see, just as beautiful and well thought out.
Start With Careful Attention
While polishing up your final product is a must-do if you care about attention to detail, you shouldn’t leave your discerning eye until that step. Create your icon from the ground up paying extra attention to every line you draw, every color you choose. Besides saving you extra work down the line, crafting something from the beginning with care is going to make for a far better final product.
It can be frustrating, but consistently revising as you go and asking yourself if there is a better way to do what you’re trying to accomlish is vital to the creative process. Think of it as writing an essay, you’re constantly making changes as you write, trying to find the best ways to communicate your message. You’re going to have to move things around, rewrite certain paragraphs, but in the end you’ll end up with a much stronger essay.
Think of the final polish, like fixing blurry pixels, as editing the final draft. You have a pretty strong base, but there are a few little mistakes that need to be corrected. But no amount of final polish is going to fix the foundation your work is built on, it will only make what’s already there stronger.