8 Habits to Make you a Successful Designer

Are you a designer that’s trying to improve your overall level of productivity, skill and range of projects that you can work on?

If your answer is Yes, Then the question is how can you become a successful designer? These daily habits will definitely help you out:

1. Self-discipline

As a designer, you might be working as a freelancer across multiple projects at the same time, and even if you are working for a well-established company, you may have the option to work remotely from home.

This means nobody is there to keep an eye on your day to day progress. This freedom while great can be highly distracting for the average freelancer.

Therefore, you will need to have the self-discipline to wake up every day and stick to a schedule that allows you to get the work done. You have the freedom to work at anytime of the day – whatever allows you to be the most productive.

The point is the work has to be done at the end of the month so that you can get paid and progress in your designer career.

2. Constant Learning

As a passionate designer, you should be eager about learning new skills. If you can acquire new skills, then potential clients are more likely to hire you – hopefully for higher paying jobs.

There are a variety of design skills you need to master, and there are many places where you can learn – Check out YouTube videos or hire a veteran designer to coach you.

The internet is a big place so do your research to find the best place to learn.

3. Seek Inspiration Everyday

Pick out a few designers who really inspire you to do your best and find out more about their technique, their journey, and their own inspirations. Go back to their work every so often, especially during those times when you have creative block.

With some choice inspiration around you, you will always have a starting point if you find yourself losing direction or confused about what to do next. Let your inspiration mark your goals and give you something to aim for. This also means that you have to choose your inspiration well, as your choice will reflect on your work.

4. Build Your Brand

Just because you have inspiration that doesn’t mean you should go around imitating others’ every move. Although imitation is the best form of flattery, this is not something that will make you great.

Find your own style, something that you are most comfortable in and pushes you to come up with your best work yet. Make this your signature, something that reminds people of you and the rest of your work every time they see anything similar to it – something that makes your work stand out.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. With so many designers that have gone before you, there is a huge chance that there are styles and approaches that you use that already remind people of someone else. To make your own mark, you’re going to have to be bolder and more creative, but once you’ve established your own brand, you’re going to be the one inspiring others’ work instead of the other way around.

5. Choose Your Projects Well:

This is something that you’ll discover once you’ve been in the industry long enough.

Clients will approach you, telling you that they love your work and would love for you to bring your own mark into their brand. But when you give them a finished product, they immediately tell you to change it because it just wasn’t what they expected.

Make sure that before you agree to working with a client, they have truly seen your work and understood what it is that you do best. Just because they’re paying customers you shouldn’t bend over backwards just to please them – this could make you lose your identity as an artist.

6. Don’t Sacrifice On Quality:

You are as good as your last project regarding the quality you have produced. Therefore, if you want a long and prosperous career as a successful designer, you will need to maintain good levels of quality.

Don’t sacrifice on quality by settling for less or doing the work faster than it needs to be done.

If you are running out of time, it is better to let the client know that you are going to need extra time rather than rushing the work and handing something in that is not so good.

When handing in a project, you will feel a lot better if you gave it your all and pushed the boundaries of your abilities rather than scraping by with the minimum amount of work possible.

7. Follow Up With Client:

Once the work has been handed in, ensure that you follow up with the customer afterwards.

Not only to make sure that they send the payment, but if they are happy with the quality, and more importantly if they can continue the collaboration by providing more work.

However, if they have no further work available right now ask them to consider you for future projects. If you found them via a freelancing platform, then ask for additional forms of  communication such as e-mail.

This allows you to contact them in the future while searching for work if you are in a dry spell.

During a dry spell, you can get loads of work by getting in touch with all of the previous clients you have worked for, even ones that you have not contacted in a few years.

8. Never Forget The Basics:

Because the design industry is ever-changing, you’ll find that there are a lot of trends that break away from the basic rules and guidelines that you learned in design school. It is a creative community, after all. This means that you will never be able to pin anybody down and tell them exactly what to do all the time.

Although this is okay, make sure you don’t forget the basics. The basics will always be a great starting point during those moments when you feel like  you can’t pour out creative ideas from your brain.

These will also help for projects that are more classic in nature. You wouldn’t want to force trends on everything all the time — that’s exactly how trends get exhausted.

So, are you ready to become the next great designer?

 

 

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