How to deal with mistakes

I am a fledgling designer but I have a bit of a problem – when I give people the “final” copy, there are always mistakes that I couldn’t find (blinded from over saturation in the project usually) but the person who asked for the project notices them right away of course.

How can I best avoid this? The mistakes are usually little stupid things that just make me look careless.

Thanks for anyone’s help with this!!


First, I would recommend never using the word “final” until the client has actually given final approval, and even then I would only use it tentatively. Every stage prior to that I always treat as nothing more than the next proof. Every new proof is serialized with the day’s date, plus A-Z for multiple proofs supplied on the same day. This doesn’t really answer your question, but it will help condition you to the part that will; namely the proofing process.

Establish a separate proofing process from the design process. Often, when you’re too close to a project to easily spot the errors, it helps to separate the two stages. Once you’ve completed the task and feel it’s ready to send out. Step away for a few minutes (if you need to). When you come back, deliberately read each syllable of the instructions as though you are proofing THEM instead of the piece you just worked on. Don’t skim when reading the instructions! Then, when you’re ready to proof the piece, try to approach it from the mindset of your client. Get into their head. Next, starting with each step in the instructions, identify that step in the proof and verify that the step was completed as asked, checking each step off as you go. Once that is done, run a complete spell check.

It’s also a really effective tactic, if you’re on a design team, to always proof each other’s work using the steps above, rather than proofing your own work.

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