I am tempted to state that the structure of my workflow has grown greatly throughout the process of taking this class, but we have been instructed to explain how our workflow currently works, and not how we wish it worked, or how it may work in the future. Although I have learned a lot from Web Design I, and my workflow continues to evolve, in many ways, it retains traits of all projects that I endeavor to create. For example, I use a similar workflow when I write music.
I begin intuitively, after a bit of inner consideration about what I want to create. I try to let the project evolve as I work on it, adding, subtracting, and just generally fiddling with things as I go. Then, I either refine what I have created, or redesign the project from scratch using what I have learned from my errors in the first attempt. Sometimes I recreate the site from scratch two or three times. This runs highly contrary to the structured approach that I have been learning in classes, and I have begun to see the need to incorporate such planning in my own workflow.
For example, I now usually sketch out a design before I begin to try to create a wireframe of it. In addition, although I have yet to do it, my difficulty with color schemes has led me to see the extreme usefulness of creating an Illustrator wireframe so that colors can be experimented with more easily. This approach would also help me solidify my layout before beginning to design, and probably shorten the time it takes to get from inception to completion.
A new part of my workflow that I have only just begun to get experience with is the idea of working with a client, and the social and project management skills that go along with this. My first experience with this not yet completed, I am unsure how to comment further about how to handle this aspect of the workflow. Simply, you give the client what they want, while attempting to steer them away from ideas that will not work with their goals. You maintain contact with them, and get them to sign off on design decisions so that you can be sure that you are on the same page.
In conclusion, I’m not sure that I have a conclusion. My workflow is nascent and in a state of flux and development right now. I expect and hope that in the coming months of my education (by the time I take Web Design II) it will mature rapidly.