February 17, 2016 - Posted to Tips
Improving Designing Skills
Web design is not a field in which you can learn to do your job and then ride things out for the next 20 years. You must continually develop a variety of skills and add new tips and tricks to your arsenal if you want to remain relevant. Check out these 8 tips tricks and hacks for becoming a better web designer today.
1.Become a Copycat
Have you ever surfed into a web page that immediately captured your attention, where you witnessed some slick design element, and thought ‘I wish I could do that!’? If you have, why not recreate it? Many artists, musicians, architects, etc., improve their skills by copying the works that they admire. After all, what better way to learn a design technique, than to work on copying it until you’ve got it down pat. Try it out, you’ll learn something new, and you’ll challenge yourself trying to figure at the tools and steps that you have to make to create the copy. Think of it like reverse engineered web design.
2.Take a Class
Simply put, if there is a new technology, language, or other skill you want to learn, one of the best ways to do so is to take a class.Whether you are a novice designer who takes a general web design class to learn tips and techniques to improve your skills, or you’ve been designing for years and want to learn advanced coding techniques, there are certainly plenty of courses available to you. In fact, thanks to the popularity of MOOC, you can find many web design classes on the internet that are absolutely free of charge, and you won’t be burdened by those pesky college papers you have to write in traditional classes.
3.Never Leave Your Sketchbook at Home
Sure, you probably have at least one app on your phone and on your desktop for sketching out design ideas as they pop into your head. However, it is nice, every once in awhile, to work on your ideas with pen and paper, and without the distraction of being connected. The tactile nature of writing and drawing with pen and paper also creates a different experience than using an electronic device and stylus. This can stimulate more creativity.
4.Focus on Simplicity and Ease of Use
Anybody can learn the skills required to add lots of bells and whistles to a website. In fact, judging by the number of websites that have so much going on that it obscures functionality, it seems as if people know too many of these techniques. Instead, train yourself to focus on intuitive design, minimalism, and learning how to layout web pages that make it easy for visitors to find the information that they need. Then, consider what additional elements can bring to the party.
5.Bookmark Design Websites And Subscribe to Art And Design Blogs
Take the time to bookmark at least 10 websites which will help you to improve your web design skills. Then, take the time to visit them at least once a week. This should not be too difficult as there are many amazing web designers who are very active online, and who are always posting various tips, techniques, and technology review. Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to the online web design community. Open yourself up to the entire art and design community by subscribing to a variety of blogs that cover many aspects of art and design.
6.Try Something New With Every Project
Learning new things is great. However, in order to get things to really stick, you have to apply them in real life. Whenever it is possible, try to apply something you’ve recently learned to a project that you are working on. It will help solidify the new skill for you, and your clients can benefit from your newly-gained knowledge.
7.Exercise All of Your Creative Muscles
Web design is a creative pursuit and creativity begets creativity. So, if you want to be a better designer, it makes sense that you should always work on improving your overall creativity. Draw, paint, learn to play a musical instrument, go to concerts, and visit museums. Don’t limit your creativity to your job!
8.Don’t Forget to Develop Your Other Skills
Yes, it is absolutely important that you have great creative and technical skills, but what about the other skills you need to be a successful designer. If you are working as a freelance designer, it isn’t enough to simply be good at your job. You must also be an effective communicator, organized, a good salesperson, and have the ability to manage your finances. If you have a team working with or for you, you must have the ability to manage projects, delegate tasks, and to collaborate with the people working for you. If you are lacking in any of these skills, you are going to struggle to become or remain successful.