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QwibbleDesigns
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Normally, not I dont, but on my latest design I did, and though it has evolved from my sketches, it really did help, and I will continue to do so in the future.

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Firsh
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I plan, in notepad. My goals. Then on paper, when it needs a bit of drawing. I go line by line to accomplish these smaller goals. Then I do something unplanned, and write that down too. Then I can have a comparsion of what was planned, what didn’t work out, what happened instead. And it’s nice to look at the plans with a lot of check, check, check, checks in it when the product is done :)

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Jar
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I plan, in notepad. My goals. Then on paper, when it needs a bit of drawing. I go line by line to accomplish these smaller goals. Then I do something unplanned, and write that down too. Then I can have a comparsion of what was planned, what didn’t work out, what happened instead. And it’s nice to look at the plans with a lot of check, check, check, checks in it when the product is done :)

Yeah, I can see how planning in-depth would definitely give it a better sense of professionalism. I’m doing some planning now between the design – coding steps.

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blabus
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I don’t plan at all. I may start out with a vague idea in my head of the general structure of the template, but that’s the extent of my “planning”. Then I just open Photoshop and start messing with different looks until I find the one that’s right. :D

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LoewenWeb
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I do a bit of both. The problem is when you’re winging it in Photoshop you’re limited to your knowledge of the tool and can get tunnel vision. Where as if you start by sketching or wireframing you’re thinking more on what you want to accomplish and what graphical elements can solve that problem, rather than fiddling with gradients endlessly.

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tigerlabs
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I don’t plan at all. I may start out with a vague idea in my head of the general structure of the template, but that’s the extent of my “planning”. Then I just open Photoshop and start messing with different looks until I find the one that’s right. :D

This.

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campolar
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I imagine the basic look, and then let my ideas flow when i’m designing…

I get most of my ideas when i’m in college or when i’m in the bathroom (oh yes! you get real ideas here) :P So i draw them on a paper and put it in my “Pending: To Design” folder :)

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amberturner
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Yes I plan quite a bit before I start a design. Mainly I sketch it out on paper then break that down into HTML once I design it. So then when I go into actual design on the computer, I will have a really good idea of how the HTML will break down and that helps tremendously.

But sketching things out on paper has always been a key point for me, and brings out the artist in me.. :D

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