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How to Be a Better Designer - Explores Key Ideas To Sharpen Your Skills
How to Be a Better Designer explores five key ideas that will sharpen your skills and awareness of the elements of good design. From the intro: At PepCon this year I was honored to give two presentations, both on the topic of How To Be a Better Designer. This article summarizes the first of those presentations.
But before I start dispensing the advice, a question, an answer, and some disclaimers. First the question: Who am I to be giving such advice? Answer: I’m a graphic designer. Like many of you, I wear several hats. These days my working life is cobbled together from a combination of authoring online tutorials, writing, training, consulting, art, photography, public speaking, and…graphic design. I put it at the end of the list, but really it is graphic design that informs everything else.
I’m not a great designer, but I am an improving designer. And while I try to improve at all the aspects of my job, I put the most time and effort into improving and growing as a designer. If I am a better designer, it follows that I will also be a better photographer, artist, trainer, and writer. And now the disclaimers: This is not a manifesto. It is not a “fail-safe system”—nor should you trust anything that claims to be. Rather, it is an evolving list of unfinished thoughts and contradictions. It is not random, but it is not comprehensive either. I’m sure you’re already applying much of this advice. And I’m sure you’ll disagree over my emphasis and the things I’ve left out, intentionally or otherwise.
This is a path, not the path. That said, I am confident that if you follow these practices you will be a better designer. I should also state that I am focusing here on design technique rather than the business of graphic design.
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