As a designer beside you need practice to sharpening your skill, you also need a great advice from a good designer from their experience. So you can learn which are the best way to follow and avoid their mistakes in your design career.
Here are 10 great designers will give their valuable advice for you to become a good and successful designer.
Paint what you love and don’t try following trends too much. Be aware of them and learn from them but don’t be a slave to fads because chances are you will only become a pale copy. Try finding your own style and become great at it. Practice and persistence will always win over lazy talent.
I believe setting personal challenges is the base of creativity – both artistically, technically, and on a personal level because it makes you look at things differently. At times, it’s quite a stressful job, but it’s one like no other and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. The work can be quite overwhelming, so it’s important to keep that inner flame and passion alive by always making time for personal projects and exploration.
Inspiration is everywhere. The possibilities are endless. Here I am after all, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Thank you!
Estúdio Romeu & Julieta
The market will only grow if you want it to grow. I see many people wanting to do things but they sit in their offices with no action and it’s turning their worlds upside down. There is no formula for good deals but we must make mistakes, learn, and evolve. Do not settle with what you are currently doing, it might be a sign that you’re doing something wrong. Look to expand your work and always try new things.
I advise all who want to pursue this career to never give up and to never stop creating even when you don’t have much time or when you’re tired. When working in this field, it’s always good to not only be aware of what you are creating in the world but to also perfect it. Thank you!
Dreams exist to be fulfilled no matter what they are. If you carry a fire inside of you, go chop wood until your fingers bleed. Whether you implement an idea of an image, or turn your hobby into a profession, the most important thing is to continuously work towards fulfilling your dreams. After all, that is the only way to keep your fire burning bigger and longer.
Don’t quit your day job. This is a tough business, and you want to leave yourself with outs. Test the waters, see how it goes, but make sure you have a way to support yourself through the initial tough times.
Source: Interview with Justin Maller
Learn the basics. Don’t try to be clever and try not to compare yourself to other great designers. It will keep you from finding your voice and really developing your skills. That was a big mistake I made early on. I got caught up on busy work and didn’t have the patience to really learn the fundamentals of good layout, lettering and design. The best work is the work that needs the least visual chaos. It’s necessary to keep up on great work but use it as fuel and don’t let it derail your own work.
Victor: When design is ready just put it next to the designs that inspired you and see how good yours is. It is a good tactic to relatively compare own work with best works in the industry. In this case you always stay focused on the best, see the way and have own, inner objective criteria.
Kostadin: Maybe two things. First is to develop a good taste, fill your head with as many designs as you can find and understand what is good and what isn’t. And be very sure you objectively apply the good and bad criteria mercilessly to your own designs. Second is to learn your craft and know what it’s about, there are a lot of buzz words floating around and many texts with empty meaning trying to give value to claims from agencies and designers to what they do. But one has to know his true place in a business process and believe in it in order to have the clients trust and the confidence in what he’s doing.
Source: Interview with Designers: Higher
Not necessarily one thing, but this line stuck with me a few years ago: Love your experiments, as you would an ugly child. It’s from Bruce Mau’s manifesto for growth. This whole thing is just filled with good advice. I had the tendency to be overly critical of my own work, but realized progression was more about iterations and trial and error.
Three things. One, brand yourself, right now and s tick with it. Two, choose a style, and stick with it. Three, stop taking Dribbble so seriously and don’t be that “feedback on everything this is how I would have done it” guy 🙂 Seriously though, I’ve seen a lot of young designers lose their credibility by making trolly criticism on people’s shots. They really need to understand not only do others see it (clients), but we designers see it and that effects your future referral from us.
I hope these advice will be useful for you, do you have another great advice to us? Don’t hesitate to share with us in the comment below.