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The basics of a good workspace in digital creation

Workspace design and productivity

It’s back to school, it’s time to go back to work with the tanning marks and the sand grains in the shoes. And we take advantage of the month of September to launch a small reminder of good practices in digital creation, to get off to a good start, optimize its time and quality of work in a model 🙂 Note that these points are to apply once your work is done. reflection done and you are ready to model!

Locate with a composition grid:

It will help you structure the basis of your content, maintain a balance in your layout but also to design a structure that will be more easily adaptable to different digital media. You can easily create your sketch grid via the “View” / “Layout Setting” tab. On photoshop, some paid modules exist, you can also create your grid manually or download many grids present on the web.

Make sure of the location of your items:

It’s stupid, but be careful about the location of your graphics. Keep the same spacing between elements of the same module (for example, for tabs in a menu). If your elements need to be centered, make sure they are centered. It’s all these little details that will contribute to the balance of your model.

Work in dynamics:

The problem is often encountered in photoshop: think about converting your images, pictograms etc., into a dynamic object to resize freely as you see fit without risking their quality.

Think about symbols and dynamic objects:

You will save time by converting the elements that are repeated on each of your models (type header / footer) in symbols on sketch or in dynamic objects under photoshop. In addition to saving time, you are also sure to maintain consistency across all your models.

Keep a typographical harmony:

Limit the number of typos (3 max) so as not to load your model and maintain harmony. Font combinations is a pretty interesting watch tool if you need inspiration to combine 2 typographies that combine well visually.

Also, limit the different sizes of typos: install a hierarchy (titles, subtitles, texts, texts of the legal notices), you will thus facilitate the visual identification on your support.

Design your color library:

Under sketch as under photoshop, you can create a directory of colors which makes it easy to color your elements in one click and also to always start on a good base, with colors in coherence with the graphic charter. You thus ensure a graphic homogeneity on all your media.

Organize your space and your creative medium:

Keep only the modules you use regularly to keep your work area clear and unencumbered.

Finally, organize your layout: name your work plans and layers, delete unnecessary ones, create groups and store them. You and anyone working on your support will find it much easier and you will not only improve its quality but also your time and efficiency!

These bases are for me the main ones when designing a model, but there are others, specific to each! Feel free to share as a comment all the tips that make your work more enjoyable 😉

Written on Sep 23, 2018.