Yes! Actually, we need all of the steps and help we can get in making sure we don’t get a bad reputation as designers. Web, Print, Illustration and Typographic designers often work with files created by other designers. These ‘others’ could be current coworkers, past coworkers, freelancers or employees of large firms. We’ve all worked with other people’s files, and we’ve all pulled our hair out at mistakes and laziness perpetrated by other designers. This isn’t always the case, but every once in a while we come across THAT file. You know, the one we hate working on, and often times have to re-create from scratch just to make sense of it. When we receive those files, we tend to delve out large amounts of frustration, anger and hatred towards ‘that person who calls themself a designer’ and mumble to ourselves about strangling them with their own pixels as we attempt to navigate their labyrinth of layers, paths and illogical choices within the file.
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