It can be really exciting to think of graphics designing as a career. However, when starting out your career in this industry, you may get stuck. You may experience some short bursts of inspiration, but transforming that success into steady work can be daunting. This often happens when you have not solidified your routine or you have failed to stick to it consistently. If you find yourself falling into this trap, here are some very helpful tips that can help you out.
- Be Consistent
Designing is not an easy task. It is easier to imagine it than actually doing it. You may have dreamt of great designs, but finding the way to achieving such designs can be very rough and tough. What will help you achieve your aim is Consistency. You have to work every day. You have to practice and keep on practicing before you can get there. You will make some many mistakes, and even lose some time and money along the line, but be consistent- it is worth the losses. Think of design like going to the gym – if you only go once in a while, you won’t see results and will get tired quick.
- Find a winning routine
You need to mix consistency with a good game plan; else your progress will be slow. A winning routine means developing a series of useful, well-thought-out habits that will increase your chances of winning clients and design contests. Ask yourself:
What routines should I integrate to improve my workflow?
There’s no clear list here, but if interview successful designers you will discover that their routines revolve around:
- Regular physical exercise
- Understanding their clients so as to interpret what their client actually want
- Keeping aside special times weekly to learn new techniques
- Studying graphics designs of respected companies and corporations
- keeping abreast with the latest design trends
- Exchanging ideas with other designers
- Improving their communication skills
- Looking for great sources of inspiration
- Organizing their desk, workspace and projects
- Choosing the most appropriate briefs/projects for their particular skill set
Why not make a list of the steps that you believe will strongly improve your work. Then act on it consistently on it
- Expand your creative mind
Get out of your comfort zone and experience a different way of thinking. Learn to push their creative boundaries. You can do this by exploring different branches of the design industry. Spend time studying galleries and design portfolios that highlight concepts and skills outside of your particular field. This will refresh your imagination and spark ideas that you can incorporate into your next project – and it’s the key to building your “Design Vocabulary”.
The process is simple: train yourself to keep an eye out for interesting color choices, typography and layouts that resonate with you. You’ll grow your knowledge of design, making it easier to come up with creative ideas for future projects. If you have a real passion for design, these will stay in the back of your mind for years to come.