Designing Under Pressure: A Guide to Successfully Meeting Deadlines

Designing under pressure

Whether you are a freelancer, working for an agency, or in-house at a company, deadlines are an inevitable part of your work. Not meeting them can lead to a loss of clients, damage to your reputation, and potential loss of income. As a graphic designer, you are part of a team responsible for delivering a project on time. When a delay in one of the departments impacts your ability to meet a deadline, it can be frustrating and stressful. Let’s discuss some tips on how graphic designers can effectively meet deadlines and deliver high-quality work when designing under pressure.


  • Plan ahead

The first step in meeting a deadline is to plan ahead. Before you start working on a project, make sure you understand the scope of the work, the deadline, and any other requirements. If you are working on a larger project, consider breaking it down into smaller tasks and setting deadlines for each one. This will help you stay on track and ensure that you have enough time to complete everything.


  • Communicate with your clients and your team

Communication is key to meeting deadlines. If you are working with a client, make sure to clarify their expectations and deadlines. If you are part of a team, make sure you are communicating regularly with your colleagues and updating them on your progress. This will help you avoid any surprises or misunderstandings down the line.


  • Use a project management tool

Project management tools can be incredibly helpful for graphic designers when it comes to meeting deadlines. These tools allow you to track your progress, set deadlines, assign tasks, and collaborate with team members. Some popular project management tools for designers include Trello, Asana, and



  • Prioritize your tasks

When you have multiple projects on the go, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. To avoid this, prioritize your tasks based on their importance and deadline. This will help you stay focused and ensure that you are spending your time on the most critical projects.


  • Take breaks

It may seem counterintuitive, but taking breaks can actually help you meet your deadlines. When you take regular breaks, you give your brain a chance to rest and recharge, which can help you stay productive and focused over the long term.


  • Don’t sacrifice quality for speed

While meeting a deadline is important, it should never come at the cost of quality. As a graphic designer, your reputation is built on the quality of your work. If you rush through a project to meet a deadline, you may end up with a subpar product that reflects poorly on your skills.


Meeting deadlines is an essential for each department working on a project as delays can block the rest of the team working. By planning ahead, communicating effectively, using project management tools, prioritizing tasks, taking breaks, and prioritizing quality, you can effectively meet your deadlines and deliver high-quality work. Remember, meeting deadlines is not just about satisfying your clients or boss. It’s also about building a reputation as a reliable, talented graphic designer.


We asked FYC Labs’ Head of Design, Brianne Fortier:

What would you do if a designer from your team made an error that put a project behind schedule? How do you handle situations like this?


“If a designer from the team made an error that put a project behind schedule, I would handle the situation by first communicating with the client to inform them of the delay. I would then have a discussion with the designer who made the error to understand the situation and how it can be avoided in the future. I believe in a solution-focused approach and would work with the designer to find ways to catch and fix any potential errors in the future. The key is to maintain open communication with the team and the client and to approach the situation as a learning opportunity for the designer. I would emphasize the importance of regular communication to prevent similar issues from arising in the future.”

Brianne Fortier

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