Designers are nowadays on top of the IT world. All our lives are happening on the web, so we need someone to make our new “homes” websites look good.
Graphic and web designers make all kinds of web projects. From banners for advertising to the whole look of your favorite online shop: all these graphic elements and colorful details were made by the creative minds of graphic designers.
So, if you want to join this amazing community, we prepared for you a list of top tips for designers who would like to take the first steps in the craft and become true professionals someday.
Love your job, and value your work
Every successful designer knows that you can make something special only when you are inspired and passionate about a project.
When you love what you do and allow people to pay you decent money for your work (a.k.a, properly value it), you show respect for yourself and your clients.
If you find yourself in a situation when you don’t have enough spark to continue working, you can look at portfolio websites to inspire you. We don’t know about you, but we found it helpful every time.
Make backups. Always
You can’t have too many backups of your portfolio and the work you’ve done. Always assume that your client can ask for that packaging mockup or a banner file you made days ago.
If you have a backup, you now just need to find the right file and give it to your client. Believe us: they will be impressed.
Keep yourself focused
The art of staying focused during your work is not an easy thing to achieve. But, luckily it is a self-learning process, and you can actually learn how to stay focused while working.
First of all, download the apps for focusing that use the Pomodoro technique: they actually help. Secondly, create a healthy schedule to regulate your circadian rhythms and help you with focusing during proper working hours. And lastly, turn off notifications while you’re working: they are very distracting.
Pay attention to every project
Every project should be your top priority, no matter how small it is.
Your client expects respect from you when you work on their project. Even if you had to open a photo editor only once and it was an easy-peasy task, create nothing but your version of perfection.
Learn how to be a sales manager for your work
Even the most gorgeous and high-quality content in this universe needs a person who will sell it to a client.
So, you need to learn how to sell your services, not just bring them to life. Be patient with clients, explain every decision you make, and read about selling techniques that will help you convince clients that only you can provide them exactly what they want.
No human on this planet knows everything. So if you think you are, you don’t. Do not stop learning about new things, trends, and technologies in your field to stay relevant.
Learn from your colleagues, participate in webinars and online conferences, and don’t forget to capture the streaming video you’re watching to save this knowledge forever.
A contract is a must
Please, do not work without a contract because it is your safety net. You can and should write down every tiny important detail about your project in an agreement to prevent any misunderstandings.
For example, you allow only three edits in your projects, but a client expects you to do countless edits until you’ve got exactly what they want. Just write it down in a contract, and you will not be unpleasantly surprised when it’s time to make edits.
Share your knowledge
Blogging is a great way to connect with other seasoned or aspiring designers and share with them everything you know.
Your blog can also be a powerful marketing tool, and if you use the right apps for your blog, you can boost your business to incredible heights. Just try.
Do not compare yourself to others
You and your work are unique. There’s no reason to compare yourself to others because this is not what makes a person a successful designer.
Your vision and your approach are what matters, so just be yourself, do your thing, and it will pay off.
Learn about marketing
Even if you are the most talented designer who ever walked on this planet, it doesn’t matter if you don’t use marketing tools,especially digital marketing tools, to promote yourself.
Creating and implementing a smart marketing strategy will be that power that will help you to gain large long-term projects and faithful clients.
Take breaks when you need them
It is really easy to get lost in your work when it is your passion. However, emotional and physical burnout is a real thing, and the tricky part here is that you can become absolutely exhausted even without realizing it.
It is crucial to prioritize not just your work but breaks too. Take a day or two for yourself between big projects, or even go on vacation if you feel tired. Please, remember that you work to live, not live to work.
So that’s it! Being a designer and having the opportunity to work with the best modeling software and video editors in the world can be a blessing and a curse sometimes.
If you do it right, make the right decisions, and work on expanding and promoting your portfolio and client base, it will make you a successful designer. Just be passionate, believe in yourself, and work!