Designers take pride in their ability to work with very complex projects that may seem nearly impossible to people who work outside of the industry. Companies typically want to work with designers who can excel in working with intricate details. This can intimidate a number of designers arriving to the scene as they may or may not be as detail oriented as their peers. So that begs the question: Is it important to be a very detail oriented person in the design field?
Yes, but there’s a time and place for it.
Detail is indeed an important aspect of design, but designers typically make the mistake on focusing on detail at inappropriate moments. Details are a supplement to the big picture. Unlike the important message that should easily be conveyed through your project, details are a luxury that should really be focused on during your luxury time. In fact, details should not even be a factor in your project until your message can come through without them. Focusing too much on detail will result in having all elements in your project form an identity of each their own and your work will head in a number of different directions.
Not to mention, attention to detail is a skill that attaches on to you naturally through experience. Some can really turn it on once this skill is acquired. Think about someone’s recent work that you may have seen that was visually appealing because of it’s detail. More than likely, the details came about once the big picture was determined.
If you are new to design, it’s perfectly fine to not be detail oriented. It is far from the most important thing when focusing on design.
Focus on who you are designing for.
Focus on the details when you have the extra time to do so.