Sometimes, when you're designing, a layout just doesn't work out the way you had it in your head. You keep working on it and working on it. Hours go by. You get frustrated, maybe say a few choice words. You work on it some more. You start to wonder if you're just wasting time on an idea that won't work. And I'm here to tell you, you are!
So, what do you do when your design just isn't working?
There are about a million ways to tackle this problem, and everyone has their favorite go-to solutions. My personal fave: DECONSTRUCTION.
It may seem drastic, but if you've been plugging away at it for way too long (you know what I'm talking about!)...it's sometimes best to just abandon the original idea you had and start deconstructing. Remove everything from the page and start fresh with a blank slate. Literally. A stark white artboard is your best friend right now.
Then starting with the most important or highest in priority, add one element back in at a time. Once you have that element looking how you want it, add the next most important element in and so on until you've got it all working together cohesively.
As your design fills up with colors and patterns and shapes, you'll nearly always end up with a better solution than if you'd kept pressing on with your prior idea.
Sometimes taking things apart, removing the problems and starting from scratch is the best approach to find the right solution!
And if that doesn't work...I always say, take a nap! :)