If you take time to understand things, you are much less likely to make mistakes later on. Once a brief has been outlined the best thing you can apply to your work is a high level of understanding. Once you understand the objective being asked, you can then apply it to the development process. * If you dont understand a task or a brief it is really important to ask the questions you need to , to make sure you have a full understanding.
For every piece of work that you produce, it must be situated from what exists in the real world. To be creative, you often need to brainstorm ideas that can very well be based on existing texts in the media.
You should always try to be as creative as you can be. Orginal and creative. You should never simply try to copy something you have seen or heard but try to do something different. Recreate an idea and make it your own.
Research and Development
I personally believe that this is one of the most important stages in the development stages. To have an idea, is to form a set of intentions that will be followed through constant progression of display. This is where development comes in. As development is a key part of design.
It can be one of the most important stages in the development process, as you will always need to look back on your work and reflection of the decision you made and evaluate the parts that worked and the ones that need more development in the future. The key to improving and becoming more professional is to take the time to reflect upon your work. From that you can learn what worked and can project the skill into future tasks. Also you can reflect on what didnt work so well and needed improving, (It can be hard to talk about the bad decisions but its the only way to improve the mistakes and stop it happening again).