This article is several essential tips which can help you to grow as designer and overall just become a better all round designer.
Becoming part of the design community
Becoming a better designer interacting with design community plays an important role. Interaction within the design community can involve participating in discussions within the comments on a design orientated blog post or may be even joining a design forum.
The benefit of becoming more part of the design community is it gives you the chance to share your knowledge expertise with other like minded designers, who will also do the same in return help expanding your existing knowledge.
Broaden your horizons
It’s perfectly fine being a designer who may only feel comfortable and knowledgeable using Photoshop, but if you want grow as a designer become better why not learn how to use other programs there’s such a wide range of various design programs available for designers such as illustrator, inkscape, gimp etc.
Broadening your horizons in terms of what software your capable of using will make you a better designer, for example Photoshop is a rastrized software where as if you learnt how to use cinema 4D you would be able to incorporate 3D aspect and elements into your designs.
Constantly be learning
As a designer you can never stop learning their are always some tips, tricks and techniques which you can add to you design arson, but how do you learn theses new skills?. There are a ton of blogs which offer step by step tutorials on how to create specific designs following that tutorial, even if you attempt to follow a tutorial and don’t complete it along the way your be sure to learn something new which is the beauty of doing tutorials and the techniques which you have picked up from the tutorials later on you can implement these techniques into your own designs.
These are two compilations which we have done on Creative Nerds, which are useful tutorial websites where you can learn Photoshop and illustrator.
· 40 Online Design Blogs To Turn You Into a Photoshop Guru
Reading design material
There’s so much design material out there to read especially on the web ensure that you set up an RSS account to subscribe to your favourite blogs. Reading content on design blogs keeps you up to date with the latest design trends keeping you in loop of what’s hot and what’s not. Reading online content is great but also choose to read books, because usually with web articles they usually only tend to scratch the surface on a particular topic where as a book are a lot more in-depth upon than specific topic.
Be unique innovating experiment once in awhile in Photoshop or your application of choice on a blank canvas try to design and cook up ideas which are a little more outside of the box this gives you the chance to experiment and to put into practice techniques which you have learnt from tutorials. Every day try allocate some spare time in order to work on and just have play around designing cool designs even if it’s only 10 minutes you spend doing so.
Build an arson of inspiration
Building an arson of design inspiration involves saving images into a folder which you stumble across when searching the web just of creative designs for future reference, or alternatively bookmark your personal favourite sites which offer creative design inspiration. A lot of designers sometimes get to point when they get a designers block, which is when a designer struggles to come up with a new ideas for the direction they want to take their design. If you have built up an inspiration folder full of designs this can be referred help get your creative flare going and help generate some idea’s to be used within your own design you’re currently working on this will ensure you will never hit a creative block.
Final words Wrapping up..
Becoming a master at designing is a never ending process, becoming a better designer can be done within a short space of time making small changes within your life style can help make you become a better designer. There are some useful tips and advice in the article worth considering young or veteran designer i hope the advice is useful and take the tips on board.
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