A graphic design project management process starts with an idea, usually a client's vision of what they want the end product to look like. Once the idea is developed, it needs to be researched and then conceptualized. After this the graphic design project team begins work by working out the feasibility of the project, which often includes working out a budget. Once this has been done the graphic design project manager can start setting up the next stage of the project, which is what we call planning.
The project manager will have to consider many things, including the time available to spend on the project. There are many costs involved in a graphic design project such as equipment, staff and material costs. In addition to these there are also legal costs and business costs, such as staff and postage costs for newsletters and brochures. There may be costs associated with meeting lease agreements or any other legal agreements related to the project.
At this stage it is not unusual for a graphic design project manager to spend a considerable amount of time talking to clients and drawing up plans. Sometimes he may need to make a few prototype models to show them the way the project could look. He will need to make sure that his team knows exactly what they are doing and will be able to achieve the desired end result. This stage is crucial. If it is done correctly a graphic design project can be very profitable.
The next stage is to get a contract or agreement. Contracts often contain detailed specifications on what is required. Some contracts will be less detailed but more specific still. When this is the case, the graphic design project manager will go through the contract very carefully to ensure that he understands exactly what the client wants and needs. In some cases the client may wish to alter certain aspects of the project at any time during the contract, for example extra advertising or marketing or photography. These alterations should be included in the contract.
Once the contract has been drawn up the graphic design team can start working. They will need to think about how best to implement the ideas outlined within the contract. They will need to think about whether the project needs any further research or development. It is important to consider all the options and weigh up each one so that you can make an informed decision. There are many ways to do this; talking with experts, visiting websites, reading books and magazines, and looking online.
Once the project has started the graphic design team will have to track the progress of the project every day. They will record the images as they are developed, create sketches for every stage of the project, draw up plans and specs, create marketing brochures etc. The team will also need to set deadlines. This will need to be reviewed regularly and adjusted if necessary. A lot of planning will need to be undertaken before a project starts so it is important that all involved are aware of the deadline.
Once a graphic design project is underway, it is important to remain on top of it. As the project progresses there will be variations and changes to the original plan. The aim is to ensure everything is completed to the highest standard possible. Everyone on the team will need to be committed to the project and know what is expected. In some cases, the project might need to be delayed due to unforeseen problems so the team must know what to do in these situations.
Many companies offer their own graphic design project management software. This allows the team to keep a record of the work they have completed, milestones, reviews etc. so that they can measure their own progress and see where they are towards completion. It can also be used to submit documents and information to stakeholders so they know what is going on with the project and where they need to focus their attention next.