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The process of web design is often far more exhaustive than anticipated by the inexperienced mind. While some projects run absolutely flawlessly, there will be times when clients will demand multiple versions, iterations, and tweaks. Worse even, at times web designers need to put up with being micro-managed by clients. Is there a way out of such situations?

How can designers -- noob and experienced -- get faster design sign-offs without requiring to do anything out-of-the-box? The answer is simple, with the following simple checklist designed to maximize efficiency while restricting wastage of time:

1. Are you proud of your design?

If you are not, odds are high the design is intrinsically flawed one way or the other. Why else aren’t you bought into the idea, right? The best way to address this is to get more involved, challenge the idea, as well as the assumptions. The key here is to try and understand the problem with the utmost clarity as only then you will be able to passionately work out the solution.

2. Does the design nail the quality expected of you?

Fast, flexible, and frictionless -- always make it a point to adhere to these three principles as it will prevent you from straying into the wrong directions. Not just that, these three parameters are intrinsically grounded in your client’s insight and expectation.

3. Is the design mobile friendly?

This point hardly needs any explanation. After all, a substantial part of all internet traffic today comes from mobile devices. So obviously you must ensure that the design you are working on is responsive and gives a smooth browsing experience across devices and platforms. Make use of the medium you are creating the design for and extensively test all the interactions.

4. Ensure an apt design element hierarchy

Customers almost always come to a page seeking information. If they can’t find what they came looking for, they will leave within a metaphoric blink of an eye. Make sure most important elements are at the top of the pages before you hand over the final design.

5. Have the copy written or validated by a copywriter

A copy is a vital part of the overall user-experience. A flawed or inconsistent copy will inevitably push away the incoming traffic even if the design otherwise meets all aesthetics and functional standards. To avoid any screw-up, always seek professional help with the copy.

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