Graphic design is a field that is quickly changing, and while it is easy to get caught up in learning new technical skills, it is just as important to focus developing and pushing the limits of our creativity.
It is easy to surround yourself with inspiration and engage in activities that help you understand effective design. You have to continue educating yourself as much as possible, and be determined in letting your designs grow old.
Below are a few tips and techniques that can help strengthen your creativity and become a better designer.
Become a collector
Each time you see a design that inspires you, whether it’s a poster, flyer, or other material, collect it, bring it home and file it away.
Take lots of photos
This solves the problem of not being able to take home designs you like. Just capture a photo and file it away for later. Take a photo of building designs, textures, shapes of shadows on walls or anything that inspires you from a design viewpoint.
Read design-related blogs
Take advantage of free information by getting inspiration from other designers’ blogs and applying their techniques to yours.
Start a design blog
When you start blogging, you will find out that it’s extremely useful and educational for yourself. It will also help you interact with the design community so you’re exposed to a wider range of creative work.
Join and be active in the design community
As a freelance designer, you are required to connect with the online design community. Not only does it keep you up-to-date in the design world, but is also good for feedback and critique.
Create your own projects
Whenever you find yourself with free time, try to create your own projects. Design a logo, stationery, brochure or website. This keeps your work exciting and allows your originality to run wild without limitations.
Redo other people’s design
If you don’t want to create a fake brand to design, try to redesign other people’s projects because this will help you assess what they did wrong and what you could do better.
Redo your old designs
It is important to keep your old work because it will help you see if you’re moving forward and improving your skills. Try to rework your old designs instead of throwing away or erasing them.
Every few months, try to attend lectures of other designers at local schools, universities or other event centers because it is a great way to meet other designers and learn new skills. Search out the designers that have more experience and skills than you do. It’s hard to admit that someone else is better than you, but networking with people with higher skill levels will push you to work harder and learn more.
When you travel to another country, you will experience new cultures and being inspired by their artwork will help open your mind even more.
Learn something new
If you feel stuck, try something new or do something completely unrelated to design. Getting your mind off things and into something new usually has an exciting way of working itself back around.