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5 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Graphic Design Work

5 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Graphic Design Work

2020-01-22 |

Design is everywhere; it encompasses the modern world that we live in, it is a constant in our daily lives, appealing to our subconscious via mediums such as the TV, the internet, and on billboards, to name just a few.

If you’re looking for a way to be involved in this exciting modern world or even just to improve your graphic design work and develop your skills the five points listed below will give you the building blocks that you need to do just that. A good foundation is imperative if you want to make the most out of you graphic design work and succeed in this exciting industry.

1. Explore your Creativity;

Imagination is the key to any design project. The most important tip I can give you is to focus on creativity. The world of graphic design is constantly changing. It is essential to continually move with this relentless change and sense of diversity by continually focussing on your creativity. Constantly push and challenge the bounds of your creativity. If you use the power of your imagination you should see dramatic improvements in your work almost immediately. Why not try creating an inspiration board or carrying a notebook with you wherever you go?

2. Become a Collector

This links to my first point nicely, to further your create skills it really is vital to collect and utilise anything that inspires you. You can use anything that provides inspiration and use this as a starting block. Find and file anything that offers inspiration in your daily life and store it in a portfolio, scrap book or even on your computer. Inspiration is everywhere, in newspapers, magazines, books, leaflets, websites, and logos. Why not save any online images that appeal to you, or cut items out from magazines or newspapers to utilise in your own design work. Graphic design is such a huge open industry that you will definitely find inspiration anywhere you looks for it.

3. Learn, learn, and learn

In order to succeed in the graphic design community, it’s imperative that you use the knowledge available to you in books, magazines or website format to learn all that you can to improve your skills. Graphic design is a field of employment which is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that this medium can be self-taught, can be done from home and has a relatively low starting cost. In order to beat the competition and succeed it is vital that you soak up all the information you can in order to hone your skills. You can even attend classes, read design blogs written by other graphic designers or interview those in the field for advice.

4. Design is all about story telling

Design is not only about decoration or style; it is essentially about communicating a story, an idea, and a message to your intended audience. The most famous designers did not become famous by simply creating a nice stylish piece of work, but by their ability to send a message and get their point across effectively. Think about the main point or message of whatever design you are creating. For example, if you are trying to sell a product think about your audience and the best way to appeal your product to your chosen market.

5. Gain experience

In an ideal world we would all be able to work on our ideal projects with no time frame or budget. However we don’t live in this ideal world, therefore the best advice that I can give is to gain as much experience as you can. Not only will this improve your graphic design work but it will also help you to build your portfolio. A good place to start is to do free work for friends and family. Maybe you have a friend who wants to start up a small first time business? You could even offer your services on Facebook or online design communities.

Many people would be grateful to have the offer of your services for free if they are on a budget. So begin designing, even if it’s for free, and watch your skills develop.