What qualities make a Graphic Designer a ‘good’ designer? Natural talent, the ability to draw pretty pictures, or even a degree might do, but what makes them stand out from the crowd? Sometimes, the answers are easier than you think! Here are seven important qualities to work on to become a good graphic designer:
Communication, Communication, Communication
A key factor in being a successful designer is corresponding and conveying information with your coworkers, bosses, and clients. Whether that be via email, phone calls, or even in person, being able to communicate with others is major. When communication is lacking or done poorly, it can lead down a slippery slope of miscommunication, misinformation, and eventually lead to upset clients not getting what they asked for.
But, just as you should be able to speak your opinion, you also need to be able to listen to what the other person has to say. They can give valuable feedback and advice for your designs, along with giving you direction on what you need to do.
Grow a Thick Skin
To go along with communication, being able to take criticism is a main component of being a good designer. It’s hard to listen to someone tear apart your design, especially if you worked an excessive amount of time on it. It’s important to bite your tongue and take in everything they have to say. Remember, it’s constructive criticism. Everyone has their own definition of perfect. Art is subjective.
Be a Problem-Solving Genius
What do you do when you are trying to build something by yourself at home, but you can’t figure it out? Look it up on the internet, of course! You solve your dilemma without even thinking about it. Being a designer means you have to figure out how to be the best problem solver out there. Can’t figure out how to make something properly? Ask around the office, read blogs and forums, watch how-to videos, and even try it out on your own time. Who knows, you might even learn a faster route to create something, shaving hours off your time! There’s no shame in not knowing how to do something because you have all the resources in the world at your fingertips to research!
Have Confidence In Your Work
Something a lot of artists struggle with is Imposter Syndrome or the fear that you are inferior to everyone else and you don’t have the same intelligence or skill as another. It’s a scary rabbit hole to fall down, and even harder to climb back out of. It’s important to have confidence in what you create, and not compare it to someone else’s work, especially if it’s not the same genre. Everyone is at a different skill level and at different times in their life. It’s unfair to yourself to measure up your work to someone else in that manner. If you’re proud of something you made, share it! Your designs will improve every time you make something new, so keep at it!
…But Keep Your Ego in Check
Confidence is one thing, but arrogance is a whole other ballgame. Nobody likes being around someone who is overconfident and egotistical. If you let your ego get the best of you, it can hinder your communication with others, which can make taking in criticism harder and eventually leading to errors in your artwork.
Time Management and Speed
Unfortunately, you can’t put off and ‘forget’ your design work as you did with homework in high school. You have a time frame to keep in mind, let alone a set amount of hours allotted to finish it. The best way to manage your time properly is to figure out when you are the most productive. For most people, 9 am-11 am is the most opportune time to get work done. If you notice that a task still takes you a long time even when you are working constantly, try looking up tips and tricks for what you’re making to see if there is a faster route to do it.
Never Stop Learning
This skill is universal for any career path you follow. Learning new things is something everyone should do! Finding new skills and techniques to master in your free time could benefit your worth ethic, time management, and even problem-solving future issues you may come across. Keeping your brain sharp by striving to learn something new every day, whether it is design-related or not.
These seven key points will help you tap into your true potential of becoming the best graphic designer out there! But, if you’re not a designer and are looking for some graphic design help, feel free to contact us at Transformation Marketing today.
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