There’s no shortcut or hidden trick to improving your design skills — ask anyone in design or any other field, creative or otherwise…
From font pairing and scale, to alignment and white space, the facets of the design world are complex even on our personal life. These tips help me through the pits and the peaks of my experience, so i would like to share with you, some you might find it obviously but we need to put this is practice.
Look for opportunities to learn
Even if you reach the top of your career, you should never stop practicing. The most good artist find themselves looking for ways to warm up and get back into the groove should they take a short vacation from work?
Work on personal projects so that you can have an excuse to practice on a regular basis, so like that you can improve your workflow.
The moments of greatest harmony are where your personal interests align with the goals of a project. If you reframe each of your projects as an opportunity to learn something new you’ll find motivation comes easily.
Any good workplace will know the value in supporting their employees’ desire to learn, but it’s much easier to support the learning when it’s adding value to the project and client at the same time.
One of the good things of a great designer is ability to handle feedback, both negative and positive, negative feedback can help you far more than a rave reviews ever will. Sure, positive feedback will boost your confidence as a artist and inspire you to do more and better.
But should be the negative feedback make you stop, think, and yearn from improvement. Set your ego aside that’s not going to help you at all.
Take negative feedback constructively and figure out how to work on the things that your audience.
Get ready to learn and re-learn tools
We’re working in an era of continuous change, whatever you’re doing today. there’s a good chance you won’t be doing the same thing in three years, and that’s incredibly exciting. It’s also incredibly challenging.
Almost every one of them has changed. You’re a member of a profession in the ascendancy: design has never had so much influence and credibility. But this comes with the responsibility to stay on top of your game, and your tools.
Staying on top of your toolkit will mean you’re ready for the next brief that comes your way, whatever the challenge.
Build you own brand and style
Just because you have inspiration on web and real life, that doesn’t mean you should go around imitating other’s work on every move. Although imitation is the best form of flattery, this is not something that will make you great.
Find your own style, something that you are most comfortable in and pushes you to come up with your best work yet. Make this your signature, something that reminds people of you and the rest of your work every time they see anything similar to it.
Don’t be afraid to experiment, try our research, and that style will come up with time.
Stay on the top trends
Design is a continuous learning process.
If there’s one thing that’s true in design, it’s that it is always evolving, always changing. This is why you need to update your knowledge regularly and make sure that you know every new trend and every new tool that comes out. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself being left behind no matter how good you are at what you do.
Take the risk
If on your career you’ll be faced with opportunities that might look risky. Take that, step up to take them, the chances are the people around you will be your safety net. Rise to the occasion and trust your instincts.
Being the kind of person willing to make decisions with confidence will make you incredibly useful. The most complex design projects today are solved by teams of individuals empowered to make decisions. The sooner you demonstrate the ability to take responsibility, the sooner you’ll unlock opportunities to progress your career.
Never forget the basics
Because the design industry is ever-changing, you’ll find that there are a lot of trends that break away from the basic rules and guidelines that you learned in design school. It is a creative community, after all. This means that you will never be able to pin anybody down and tell them exactly what to do all the time.
Although this is okay, make sure you don’t forget the basics. The basics will always be a great starting point during those moments when you feel like you can’t squeeze out any creative juice from your brain.
These will also help for projects that are more classic in nature.
Instead of being content with “That will do”, try to go for “That’s awesome!”
Make sure every line, every curve, every dot, and every pixel is exactly where it should be. Go through it with a magnifying glass if you must, but never miss inspecting every inch of every piece of work that you have done. The last thing that you want to happen is to start losing clients just because of a teeny weeny mistake.
Constantly Grow as a Designer
Like with anything in life, the way you can most effectively grow as a designer is to do small, consistent changes.
Sticking to a very do-able one-new-thing-a-day schedule, you’ll be able to form a design growth habit without too much effort. And when you gain that habit, you’ll be well on your way to constantly growing as a designer.
Slowly you’ll notice that big improvements in your design skills and range.
‘Make yourself indispensable’.
Have a wonderful week,
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