The right way to be a good designer is nothing other than following the correct steps and having a fast progress.
Its not the story of one night, but a long process. I’ve practiced so many things in multiple ways and keep practicing everyday. When I had a look at my practice in the last four years, I summarised five essential skill sets which will convert “a designer into good designer”.
1. Which one is good design, actually?
Designs are everywhere! But which one is good? This is not a piece of cake to own easily. Getting inspired in right design is the only way to come up with good design. Your experience into design process will determine the time you take to find the right design.
Day to day training on finding good design will take you to be a good design analyser. But what kind of training?
Spare your morning with recent trends. There are ample of blogs to surf new designs. Keep asking questions on those designs. “Why that design is good?”. Analyse each and every element in that design. For example: Navigation, Content slider, Search fields, Call to actions, Footer design. How it differs from existing design trends.
Its time to summarise your ideas. Bring out the ideas which splashed on your mind, while analysing other designs. Sketch it out. Have a discussion with your team. Share your opinion on new idea. Gather other’s ideas. Have a cup of coffee.
A clear sketch, which is the first stage of a good design, is in your hand now. Cheers!
2. “Design Theory” what is that?
I’m sorry. But following a “One hour tutorial on Trendy Design” will never make you a good designer. As you know well, we are breathing in such a competitive world. The end users have bunk of options from the market. How your design gonna be a unique one? The only way is, having a knowledge on Design Theory.
Do you start your work from Photoshop? Oops! The biggest mistake every designers do. A good design born from brain and get a shaped in a paper. Photoshop will give soul for it.
3. Digg a hole
It’s time for a practice!!! Organise your place to be interesting work environment. It should pour ideas into your brain.
Well! What design you are gonna start now? It can be your own personal website, a warm up design for your wedding website or what ever it can be…
Its an experiment; no rules; no limitations; no expectations. Do some chilly mistakes, fill funny colours, bring out new ideas. It should be odd now right? Now try to make them looking good. Of course! its the process of trend setting.
4. Time for improvement
Let your design be reviewed by every one, you know. Analyse the feedback you get from people and have a think of who says what. Any one can criticise a design. But only an expert can give valuable suggestion to revamp a bad design into good one.
Designers life will be some what like an cine artist. We should be able to act like any ones design taste. But I will suggest you to choose the right kind of design that will suite you. If you consider me, I prefer professional looking design projects and I involve me in business & corporate kind of design works. My clients know what they can expect from me. In the mean time, this doesn’t mean that I don’t know Creative Designs.
5. Start teaching what you know
“The easiest way to learn something is start teach that to someone”. Share your knowledge with others that will enrich your level of thinking to one step ahead. Whenever I struct with design ideas, I wont be panic. I will start describing what I had planned and what I was doing. During the discussion, I will get the clue where the deviation originated.
Well! Now you have known what are all the steps involved in bringing good design. You have to adopt these steps as your day to day activities.
This article would be a tasty food for experienced designers too, if they wanna update their design skills into recent trend and sharpen their knowledge in design theories.
How to find the difference in you? Good question dude. Your approach in ever new project will be considerably different and the uniqueness of your design will also be improved a lot.
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