It's a great time to live in, technology is always evolving... always looking forward to the next software update to see what new tools have been developed. For some, this is just too much, as they're used to using always the same three or more programs. Having the right set of tools is great but what about working with them to create the next big thing?
Don't let anyone ever tell you you're using the wrong design tool or process. We designers love to argue with each other on the tools being used, but in reality, is there a specific guideline you should follow?
The answer is no, being a designer teaches you that you should follow your own set of rules and guides. Everyone works at their own pace, you need to learn the software first and then create your own shortcuts. Don't let anyone put you down for not using the system they are used to. Being able to adapt comes handy when working as a team, discuss how you're going about your project and what process you are using as this will help the project get finished smoothly without any complications along the way, keeping the team members and yourself happy.
How do you come up with the right design process?
Well there's a saying that goes by: "Practice makes perfect", and the truth is that yes practice makes you more confident using that particular design process you've been polishing for months. Creating self-initiated projects is a great way to learn tools and new software, one can always share them on Behance or similar platforms for feedback and constructive criticism from several professionals in the industry.
If you're working on a project alone, this is the perfect time to practice that same process you created. Picking up the right set of tools is important as this will help you reach your goal or deadline in a timely efficient manner. Afterall tools are there to help you, choose wisely.