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Daphne Loh

Digital Designer

July 8, 2020

Simple Ways to Improve Your Design Skills

Keeping your design skills up to date can sometimes be tough as the highly dynamic nature of the design industry is always evolving. However, there is a way to keep up with this – by cultivating the right attitude! To help you stay motivated and inspired, here are a few tips you can take with you, regardless of your current design skills! 

Learn from things around you

Learning does not only remain at the confines of a classroom. Instead, it happens everywhere. So keep an eye on what’s happening in the industry. This keeps you in-the-know and will help you to constantly refresh your design ideas. For a start, you can follow design blogs, inspiring industry leaders, and even design channels on YouTube! Here are some of our recommendations;

Blogs

Abduzeedo

Abduzeedo is a design blog filled with inspiration, case studies, tutorials, and much more. This site is equipped with a “daily inspiration” category on their site, too. It’s curated on a daily basis and it includes interesting finds and work that can help spark inspiration.

The 99designs blog

From getting inspired to learning how-tos, and more — 99designs is definitely a one-stop platform for all things design. We’re not joking, check out their website now and you’ll get what we mean — it’s design heaven.

Novum – World of Graphic Design

Can you believe that Novum has been around for 90 years? Since the 1950’s Novum – World of Graphic Design has been published monthly in Germany. It used to be only in German but is now bilingual in both print and digital. They have features on corporate design, typography, branding and all aspects of graphic design. Definitely a favourite!

YouTube

Made by Mighty 

Made by Mighty focuses on graphic design tutorials and resources for both beginners and pros. You will find Photoshop and  Illustrator tutorials. They even have speed art videos covering hand lettering, logo design, animation and more.

Online Classes

Skillshare

Skillshare offers prospective students lots of short & in-depth courses centred around graphic design. Many of these are available for free, or with a paid subscription, you can access them all. To help those who may be just beginning, we wanted to highlight a few free courses that would be a great benefit.

Remember, great work comes with practice. The more you do something, the more you’re going to get better at it. So dedicate some time every day to learn something new about design. You can even try your hand at recreating some of the existing works out there, as with this you’ll learn a lot about technique. Who knows you’ll pick up one or two skills that’ll benefit you in the long run?

For instance, rather than just asking ‘What do you think?’ it’s better to ask specific questions. For example, ‘This is the brief, do you think I’ve fulfilled it?’ or ‘Which part of the design did your eye focus on first?’ That way people will be able to critique your work in a more constructive manner, without coming off like a boorish troll. You’ll also avoid vague answers such as “that’s great!” which is not very helpful. It can also be useful for you to give your feedback on other designers’ work, helping you to empathize and improve your critical skills in ways that you can apply to your own work.

The perfection of your design skills uniquely identifies you in the design industry as an expert in your craft, so, the pursuit of perfection improves your skills with every step that you progress. Never settle for the “good enough” benchmark but instead, keep learning and keep on aiming for perfection!

Interested in digital designs? Drop us a note at [email protected] and let’s have a quick chat! 

Daphne Loh

Digital Designer

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