In high school, I was taught that the design process had 3 steps. I always follow these 3 steps when I design. They cover every area and allow me to produce the perfect design.
Step 1: Thumbnails
This step is where you get your creative juices flowing. You just put down every idea that crossed your mind. Trying all possibilities so you know what works and what doesn’t. This step is crucial to the design process because it lays down the foundation blocks for your design.
Step 2: Rough Draft
This step is where you narrow down your ideas. You can either fully develop a thumbnail or take the best elements from different thumbnails. This is also the step where you decide a color scheme and other key elements of the design.
Step 3: The Final Rough
This is the final step in the design process. Its where you transfer your design to the computer and make final decisions. Things that may work on paper may not work on the computer so executive decisions have to be made.