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How can you improve and develop your designs as a graphic designer?

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Asra’s Answer

Expanding your knowledge of the business and the project objective/strategy is always super helpful. A design should always solve a problem. Understanding the problem and how you want to approach is already half the process.

When it comes to visualizing and designing, it always helps to start with seeking some inspiration and always staying up to date with previous and current design trends. Simplicity and practice is key!

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Vineeth’s Answer

Build on what you know and become a better Designer. Here is how you can add new Dimension to your work and improve your Graphic Designing skills in achievable ways

Study design theory
Graphic design is a profession, there is plenty you can learn by doing, and there are plenty of ways to get into the design without a degree. But at the end of the day, a proper understanding of the fundamentals.
Learn how to get more from the feedback
if you’re to improve your skills as creatives deal with criticism. Positive feedback is great when it’s deserved, but you don’t really gain anything from it. It can also be useful for you to give your feedback on other designers’ work, helping you to empathize and improve your critical skills in ways that you can apply to your own work

Start a side project
Doing the same thing repeatedly can lead to your skills getting old. So, keep up your motivation to learn new things. Learning a new design skill is always far easier if you need it to create a specific thing, particularly if that’s something personal to you. So a passion project can lead you to learn new skills you’d never even thought of, without needing the kind of self-discipline associated with formal study.

it’s only by trying out lots of experimental design ideas and putting them into practice that you find out what works best and what you’re good at. Designers can learn from when it comes to experimenting with new media, skills, and techniques. So, rather than always using the same fonts, colors, layouts, or software for every design you tackle, mix things up a bit and try something new.

Talk to other designers
One of the best ways to develop as a designer is to interact with a lot of other designers. Go to meetups, events, and conferences. Follow people on social media. Check out forums. Make friends. Talk design. Discuss problems, challenges, questions. Collaborate on a project. Email a designer and ask them to be your mentor.

Education is for life’, and you never stop learning. A good book on graphic design will certainly be a better use of your time.

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Lydia’s Answer

Study Design Theory
Learn the principles of design and find a course or book that talks through the fundamentals. Learn the rules and start getting a feel for when to break them. Learn the design process. Research all you can about design. Be like a sponge.

Look at Design in the World
Study how design shows up wherever you go. Not all design is good, so start developing your eye by thinking critically about the work and developing your own point of view. Try to reverse engineer the design rationale for the work you are reviewing. Research some prolific designers and learn about their approach. Find designers whose work you like and go deeper. If they're accessible, see if you can start a conversation with them to learn more.

Practice and Experiment
Practice what you've learned about design theory and process. Do it over and over. Try on some of the approaches you've seen other designers take (without presenting it as your own work, plagiarism is not recommended). Notice what works and what doesn't.

Get Feedback
Talk to other designers and share your work with them. Practice giving feedback. Don't take it personally. Design is problem solving.

Keep Going
Becoming a good designer is a lifelong process that means you will always be evolving. Enjoy the journey!

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Eric’s Answer

Improving your skills starts at breaking down the design challenge/project. Spending time learning about what you have been hired to do is critical to creating the design that will connect your work to your clients audience. In many cases you have been hired to help a company make an emotional connection to a viewer that drives action through interest, purchase, learning more and so on. Early in my career when trying to show a potential employer what I can do I found it very useful to create fake projects against real world examples so you can demonstrate how you think and see things differently. I would spend more time developing your problem solving skills as opposed to learning all the nooks and crannies of design software as my career of over 18 years has rarely lead me to needing to know that level of detail. Strong ideas and solutions will rarely need lots of design tricks. Finally always be self critical of your work and have others give feedback as you can fall in love with work to the point you forget the goal of the work sometimes. Remember you have spent lots of hours with it but the first time you review with a client will be the first time they see it so things obvious to you may not be obvious to them. Take the feedback with grace and keep refining your work.

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Cindy’s Answer

Find out what parts of design you like, and focus on them!

Even in graphic design there are a lot of different areas that you could branch out to (branding design, typography, logo design, UI/UX), and I'd suggest checking all of them out (there are definitely others that I'm not thinking of at the moment). Learning about different design processes is also very important to becoming a well-rounded designer. Try to find out what inspires you and try to find out how you define "good design." Part of developing your skills is hitting the books (or Youtube) and the other is applying what you've learned.

Try out some new things, and most of all--never stop creating :)

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Damian’s Answer

Sometimes it's a good idea to take a look at some of the work from a generation or more before. A lot of art in general is a reworking or an inspiration for what came before. A lot of information, for various reasons, just does not get passed down. Find something obscure. Something that people pass by every day, but don't pay much attention to, and build on it.

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Mia’s Answer

Great answers here. One thing to add is that design does not happen in a vacuum. The biggest leaps happen during school and it's because there is guidance and also feedback - both from peers as well as experienced practitioners. As one goes one beyond education, it's important to seek feedback and to be able to process and react to input.

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ho’s Answer

This is a good step for you improve your graphic that you will ask for help in there.
The one step is you want to improve from your heart.

ho recommends the following next steps:

Read more and more information relate art works
also read the art History is good for you
Try to feel by your life.
share your designs to people let them give you feedback

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Pamela’s Answer

Aside from going to college to earn a design degree, some other ways to improve your design skills could be:

1. Take online courses.
Such as Lynda, Skillshare, or even a YouTube video.

2. Give yourself fake projects that you could eventually show in a portfolio.
Think of the types of projects you enjoy working on (brochures, animations, website design, etc.), and find ways to give yourself a fake brief to create these assets.

3. Look to magazines and the internet for inspiration.

4. Look to top graphic design books to learn about theory/process/etc.