Whether you are an aspiring graphic designer or have had a business for a while, it is never too late to learn more. In this field, you should be improving your skills on a regular basis, especially since technology, styles and methods change continuously. Here are the top 10 ways to improve your graphic design skills, no matter your career level.
1. Read Graphic Design Blogs
Reading other blogs is essential. Not to “steal” their ideas, but gain inspiration, knowledge and resources. Graphic design bloggers are happy to share what they have learned and provide helpful resources and tips to other designers. Start finding and reading as many design-related blogs as you can find.
2. Start Your Own Blog
Not only should you follow other blogs, but start your own. If at this moment, you only advertise services through your website, you need to add a blog. It can be a separate blog, but it is better to have it connected to your primary website. That way, the blog helps you build your brand.
3. Read More
There is always more information to learn in the graphic and web design field. Never stop learning and growing as a designer. Keep up with the newest graphic design books released, and make a goal of reading at least one book every month.
4. Collect Everything
Every time you see an image, object, book, blog, font or template you enjoy, file it and save it. This includes everything from a new font style that inspires and excites you, to a brochure that uses a combination of colors you have never seen before.
5. Become Active in the Community
Graphic designers have built a tight-knit community and being a part of that is essential. Start interacting more with other designers, whether online or at local trade shows and events. Start providing feedback to designers who need help and connecting with those that have similar interests.
6. Travel for Inspiration
A tip that you don’t hear often is traveling more. If you have been trying to find outside inspiration for your projects in your hometown, you might be losing interest. Instead, start traveling more and gain inspiration through other cultures and different forms of art.
7. Practice on Your Own Time
If you are in between projects, start creating practice projects, just for yourself. Challenge yourself to create a brochure, website, logo or header for a fake blog. Think of a scenario the client might want and create it from start to finish.
8. Take Design Courses
If you are just starting out, it helps to take some graphic design and web design classes. There is most likely a college or school near you offering graphic design courses. Try to take a few courses a year to keep up with current trends.
9. Take Photos
Every time you see something that you would like to save, take a picture of it. This can be anything from the edge of a building with interest architecture, to a shape or texture you find while traveling.
10. Attend Lectures
Lectures are around a few times a year and are a great way to open yourself up and network with other graphic designers. Find these lectures and don’t just keep to yourself, but communicate and network with others.