Graphic design is a field in constant change, both creatively and technically. It can be easy to get caught up in learning new technical skills, but it is just as important to focus improving and pushing the limits of our creativity.
As Designers we need to make a point to continue educating ourselves as much as possible and become more active in the field of design. Here are a few tips, exercises and practices that have help me continue learning, strengthen my creativity and become an all around better designer.
- Collect, collect, collect – Collect designs that inspires you. File them away and wait…they will turn into a great source of inspiration when needed. (if you cant’ take it home, use your phone and take tons of pictures)
- Read Graphic Design blogs – Take advantage of the web and search for Designer’s Blogs, they can be an easy source of information and update for every designer.
- Start a Design Blog – It makes you more aware of the Design Community and more accountable of your own work.
- Fake projects, why not? – If you find yourself with some downtime (hope is not much), create some fake projects. Develop a brand, create a logo, stationary and design marketing material for this brand. This will let your creativity run without limitations, It’s easy to get caught in a routine when clients dictate and your work is no longer “yours”.
- Do it again – What goes through your mind when you see your first designs? Exactly, that’s what I figured. Once in a while redo your old designs, analyze what you did wrong and experiment with your new knowledge.
Being a Graphic Designer is a work in process, if you are committed to your career and to develop your designing style you will be successful. It takes time, patience and lots of mistakes in order to improve your designing techniques.
What is your key to stimulate your creativity and improve your designs? Share in the comments below.
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Though I’m not as heavily into design, nearly all of these can be applied to development as well. The “collect inspiration” is the only one that might be slightly different as code snippets aren’t readily photographed in the wild. 🙂
Looking forward to the next part of this series. Thanks again for another excellent post!
Thanks for commenting Peter! Daphne (@Dt_Daphne) really put together a nice post this week. We’re looking forward to more on this and other design topics soon!
Thanks for your comment Peter, it’s a nice welcoming to the blog world. Stay in touch for more design ideas and inspiration.
I’m very proud of you! Nice post! I didn’t know you had that talent … good job!!
Thank you Karma, wait for more and soon in spanish too. Hope your design works are running smoothly!
Thank you very much for your comment Ashish!
Keep in touch for much more coming every week.