As is the case with many practical skills, there is always room to improve! This is especially the case if you want to stay on top of your game. Whether you are already a graphic design professional or you are looking to enter the world of design, Spotlight Recruitment have composed our 5 simple ways to improve your graphic design skills.
Read up on design theory
Although design allows you to flex your creativity, you need to be well-versed with design theory in order to understand the reasoning behind certain design choices and techniques to create excellent designs. Much design theory covers symmetry, scale, and hierarchy which allow you to emphasize certain images or text over others, and mastering this can make your projects more successful.
Nowadays, there are countless free, online courses available at your fingertips that can help you develop key professional skills. To improve your graphic design skills, it may be a good idea to embark on an online course as these can help you learn the newest technology and tools to support your creativity.
Subscribe to design blogs
As with any self-improvement process, the key to success is research! Subscribing to top design blogs and newsletters can help you stay up to date with current industry trends and can also be a source of inspiration for your work.
Designers and design agencies
Similarly, as well as following design blogs, you could also follow and connect with other designers and design agencies across social media. Arguably one of the best ways to improve as a designer is to interact with other designers as this is a sure way to stay updated on current industry trends and bounce around ideas.
As with any creative practice or artwork, feedback on your work is essential for graphic designers, so it is important to know how to deal with constructive criticism and how this can be used as a tool to continually improve. You can either ask for feedback from a friend, a colleague, or you can also ask via community platforms related to design. A useful exercise would also be to provide your own feedback for other designers’ work so that you can empathise with the feedback process.
There are many ways in which you can endeavor to improve your graphic design skills and the work is never done! Improving skills is a continual process as trends and techniques change constantly, so make sure that you are trying new software and techniques to avoid getting comfortable and keep your graphic design work on top form.
Are you looking for a new design role in UX, digital or graphics where you can develop and refine your design skills? The team at Spotlight Recruitment would be happy to help you land your dream role, so be sure to get in touch today!
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