I’m a new designer (sort of) and I’m wondering how you guys fix a design that just doesn’t feel quite right. When you’ve been working on a design for a while, you can get the feeling that one of many things are wrong but you are too close to spot it.
I’m sure it varies from design to design but is there a checklist of things you would go down? e.g. type, alignment, contrast etc. ?
Get a fresh pair of eyes to look at it.
“Too close to spot it” is exactly the problem. You’ve got obstructive arborvision (you can’t see the forest for the trees). Find someone else to look at the design — preferably another designer, but anyone with a good eye will do in a pinch. If you have no one to lean on, you could try putting it away for a few days and coming back to it the way writers do when self-editing, but designers rarely have the luxury of that much time.
The problem with a checklist is that you might go down each item and end up re-making or re-justifying your design decisions, and those decisions may be the root of what’s wrong.