Month: June 2017

Designer Tips: How to Gain New Skills On a Regular Basis as a Designer

In a field where things are changing on a weekly basis, it is imperative that you as a designer, are upgrading and adding things to your skill toolkit. Here are some ways to stay on top of your game.
Be Clear On Your Goals
Think about what you would like to learn and why. Make sure that the skills you are about to learn are skills that you plan on using in your work frequently. Be aware that what you will attempt to learn may very well be hard, so by staying clear on your goals, you can stay honest with yourself.
Surround Yourself with Successful Designers
Hanging around successful designers will practically guarantee that you will gain endless amounts of skills. Other designers can reveal tips that aren’t talked about regularly that can enhance your skills. Also, it is easier to hold yourself accountable if you are hanging with a group of designers who are growing at a rapid rate.
Stay Adaptable
Never get frustrated when technologies change. Instead, be excited. Great things take time and if you need to spend some time trying to understand new concepts, it will pay off. The industry only cares about designers who can work well with today’s technologies and today’s ideologies.
Love What You Do
Is anything you don’t love and not know how it’s doing today? The same thing can be said about design. If you really love design, by default, you are going to learn a ton about it, Also, loving what you do will help you follow the previous tips with little to no effort.
What are some tips that can help designers stay marketable in today’s time? Comment down below.

Designer Tips: How to Work Smarter Instead of Harder as a Designer.

Designers typically do whatever it takes to get as much work done as they possibly can in the shortest amount of time possible. They way they take on this challenge is by working through the night and early morning, taking shortcuts, skipping steps in their  personal process and so on.
It’s not about how hard you power through, it’s about how well you can manage yourself through it.
Charging through a project as quickly as possible for the sake of finishing is proof that you have a hard time handling yourself as a designer. Instead of hammering, slow down and think about what matters the most. Here are some ways you can slow down without halting your productivity.
Stay Organized
Whether it is cleaning and tidying your desk or clearing your documents folder on your machine, staying organized will help your workflow run alot more smoothly. As you work and work, it is common for clutter to build over time. Because it is so subtle, it’s hard to notice it and identifying it as a problem.
Be sure to write everything down and label all your files. It will give your brain a break from trying to remember everything.
Break Your Work Down to Mini-Sized Goals
By dissecting your workload, you can get more quality work done. Set milestones and set dates and times that they need to be completed by. Doing so will help you vision what needs to be done and will help you in finding out when the next step should be taken. You won’t need to do a whole lot outside of what you had planned for the project. Also, this will help you enhance the small details in your work.
Automate Repeated Steps
Instead of spending minute after minute of doing something you do in every other document in Photoshop, why not create an action that takes care of all those steps in less than a few seconds? It’s amazing to see how many designers do the same thing over and over again just because they feel that they don’t have time to create an action for their process. It doesn’t make much sense does it?
By doing these things on a regular basis, you will be getting as much done without being too brutal about your workload. What are some techniques you use to cut time from your workload? Feel free to comment.

How Much Coding Should Designers Know?

Thoughts on Software design and development

Many designers think each discipline should mind their own business, while others see no problem in professionals wearing multiple hats. Many developers see designers who code as a threat, while others see it as a facilitator. This is a hotly debated subject, and although I think some great designers are also superb at coding, I will always defend that the more you focus on a particular area the best you will be at it. But this shouldn’t be a reason for you to miss out on the benefits of having another skill under your belt.

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Learn how to code and make yourself a great asset to any multi-disciplinary team.

As a designer who has gone as far to set up Linux servers and program back-end, I see no question that understanding ‘the basics’ of coding would benefit any designer…

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