A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop or Sketch and start messing with layouts and style explorations. Seasoned designers know this can be distracting, so they might start by doing research or drawing in a paper sketchbook instead.
Sketching is great, but before I start sketching, I start writing. Writing first has lots of advantages, regardless of the project you’re working on.
We're big fans of the guys over at 37 Signals, and this post was share worthy as it's something we do ourselves when we start a new project or task.