It isn’t a strange fact that many webmasters turn into web designers these days because it is quite obvious that a webmaster tries to tweak some design stuff, more often than not, to improve the appearance of his blog. Gradually, he tends to learn web design and seeks a path into the world of web design. Only a handful of people reach great heights choosing web design as their career while many do not. So, in this article, I’ll discuss few tips that shall pull out a top designer from you.
5 Easy tips to become a better Designer:
This is the most important factor that plays a major role in the growth of your career. It applies to all fields – be it a web designer or photographer. The moment you stop learning, that’s the moment you stop growing. So, keep your minds open and grasp the maximum you can, around the web. Subscribe to blogs like Smashing Magazine, CSS – tricks, webdesignerwall, hongkiat, etc.. The list goes on!!! In short, learn from every site/blog that inspires you!
2. Broaden your Horizon
I’m sure you’ll feel very comfortable working on particular domain, for example, say you love to design stuffs using PhotoShop. But if you intend to become one amongst the best, you’ll need to broaden your horizons by having the flexibility to work with other programs like illustrator, gimp, etc…
What am trying to convey here is that “Do not become platform dependent, be an independent designer” – it’s just not applicable to the machines alone, but to humans as well. Make sure you extract the best out of your software. For example, by learning cinema 4D you can incorporate three dimensional aspects on your design!
3. BUILDING AN ARSON OF INSPIRATION
Start bookmarking design tutorials that inspires you. Don’t worry if the list goes long because, at one point of time, you’ll completely run out of ideas. I’m sure many webmasters do experience the same. So, when have a folder full of inspirational tutorials, you’ll never run out of ideas. You can reignite the spark in you by grabbing some inspiration from the folder you built. In fact, you can simply publish an article saying “Inspiration” with links to the article that inspired you:)
Apart from just learning and getting inspired, it is very important that you spend some time working out the same. I strongly suggest you to allot a specific amount of time everyday to experiment things that inspired you. To be very frank, I always choose the “Trial and Error” method on my very own blog. The moment I see an inspirational widget/design on a particular blog, I start working out the same on my demo blog just by the “Trial and Error” method. You know what… Probability of success in doing so – more than 7 trials out of 10 convert to an useful product.
5. BEING A PART OF THE DESIGN COMMUNITY
To become one amongst the top web designers, it’s quite important that you become a part of the design community. Start engaging yourself with like minded people by participating in forums, and commenting on design oriented blogs. By doing so, you’ll be able to share your expertise knowledge with other web designers who in turn, will do the same to expand your existing knowledge in that field!
Though I’m not a professional web designer, I just wanted to share few tips that shall make you one amongst the best designer. I’m open to critiques and tips from the web designer gurus out there! So, share them via comments!