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Successful Graphic Design Depends on Preparation

April 16, 2024

In the world of culinary arts, there’s a fundamental concept that sets the stage for every successful dish: mise en place (pronounced meez ahn plas). It’s a French term that translates to “putting in place” or simply “gather.” Professional chefs rely on this principle to meticulously organize and arrange their ingredients before they even think about turning on the stove, so everything is at their fingertips and nothing is misplaced during a service. 

In graphic design, we can draw a parallel to the culinary concept of mise en place because just as a chef understands the importance of preparing their ingredients, successful designers understand the importance of gathering information and setting up their workspace before diving into a new project. 

Consider this scenario: you’re tasked with creating a compelling visual identity for a client’s brand. Before you even open your design software, there are critical details you need to address. What are the dimensions of the final deliverable? How will this final piece be used? Is it a poster, a social media graphic, or a brochure? Understanding the size and orientation of your canvas is essential for crafting a design that fits seamlessly into its intended space while delivering its message clearly to the audience. 

Equally important is knowing your audience. Who will be viewing this design? What message do we want to convey, and how do we want them to feel? By understanding the target demographic and the desired outcome, designers can tailor their approach to resonate with the intended audience. Many times, at Crossroads, we offer our designers the full set of copy to accompany a social media graphic so they can have the full picture and create the best design for the purpose. 

Of course, practical considerations also come into play. What tools and resources will you need to bring your vision to life? Whether it’s software preferences, access to specific fonts or graphics, such as logos or iconography, or even collaborating with other team members, having the right resources at your disposal is crucial for executing a successful design project. At Crossroads, we take the time and invest the energy in brainstorming with each other or researching new ideas to make the best possible deliverable. 

However, perhaps the most critical aspect of mise en place in graphic design is the mindset it cultivates. By taking the time to gather information, assess the project’s requirements, and set the stage for success, designers position themselves for smoother workflows and more impactful results. With this time-saving technique, work becomes less cluttered and more effortless. With less energy involved in emailing the people involved for the information you needed at the beginning, our design team has the space to think outside of the box and delve into their creative energy, which leads to better designs and happier clients. 

The concept of mise en place underscores the importance of preparation and organization in the creative process. By adopting this approach, designers can elevate their work, deliver projects more efficiently, and ultimately delight clients with exceptional design solutions. So, the next time you embark on a new design project, remember to gather your ingredients, set up your workspace, and prepare for success from the very beginning. 

Our team is here to help you gather the necessary information and bring your vision to life. If you’re ready to elevate your brand with exceptional design solutions, contact Crossroads Communications. Let’s collaborate on your next project and create something remarkable together.

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