For a friend's 60th birthday two years ago, I designed a bracelet using 60 beads. (Check out Project: Birthday bracelet
for the original post and instructions.)
Though I've made a few of these bracelets in the last couple of years, they always take me a while to design. And now I'm making a gift for my friend Colleen, who's turning 50. So I thought I'd share a few tips I've picked up along the way.