I’ve had a lot of incidents where I have failed to submit my work on due time. Its one of the most common reasons for losing a job; actually, strike that out- for losing a job, for not getting a job. After much frustrations, and breakdowns, I decided it was time for an introspection. It was tough and despite the hardships, I found one common root cause for the numerous delays in projects, works and the cause was a seemingly benign habit or an attitude, one would say- the attitude of a perfectionist.
I have no clue about the duration I have been one of the perfectionists but its effects were strong. I mean, when it was a deadline for my logo design submisions, I just couldn’t! I had some great clean designs and then some wacky designs but what hindered me from submitting my work wasn’t the common reason of an incomplete assignment. It was simply my desire to improve more on the design. It was as if I was never getting that feeling of satisfaction. I knew I had a rock-solid design; it was clean, simple and effective.
-The end result-
Coming to the end result, I actually iterated this logo about 12 times. I am not saying change isn't good; in Design, change is good. But in my case, was the change needed? Was it truly necessary? It all depends on what the client asks from you. Sometimes for them perfection becomes the baseline standard which it is anything but baseline standard.
Have no fear of perfection- you will never reach it.
Sure it is good to aim for perfection but never let it cloud your judgement because I bet your judgement is good, just let the design sink in-take a break, have coffee, go for a walk and when you return and still feel unsatisfied then maybe it is time for a change. Remember; its better to submit your work before the deadline. Something early is better than amazing but late. Your client’s time is far more valuable than your view about your satisfaction meter. Let your work achieve perfection through people who build upon your work.