Choose a Mentor
The design is almost finished, you have already used too much time making it. Something just is not right. Who do you ask? The other designers do not want to hurt your feelings or cannot see what is ‘off.’ When they are ‘honest,’ listening to their critiques is not usually pleasant. One of my mentors is Kazuko Zobbi, Ikebana Sensi (Master.) She told me once that we start with flowers and end up with a creation that is a piece of us. When someone tells you there is something ‘off’ with your design, what you hear is “I don’t like your hair!” -it becomes personal. However painful constructive criticism of your design/s, it is the best way to grow as a successful designer.
By learning the principles, secondary principles, elements and techniques of design you will be come your own mentor. Study color and style; train yourself to see with a constructive eye. At Koehler & Dramm. we have a pamphlet Principles, Secondary Principles and Elements of Design at $6.49 available for purchase, to draw ideas from for your everyday designing.
Having a mentor sets both of you in the accurate role. You have chosen them because you trust them, their knowledge and skills. Build a network of friends, co-workers, and mentors that you can use to collect feedback on your project. Take pictures of your design, put it on Instagram, ask for suggestions, help. Personally I have several