A big number of web designers didn’t actually step into the classroom to learn the art of web designing, many are actually self-taught. Whether the learning was picked from experience along the way or taken from work others have already done varies from individual to individual.
Practically though, to become a better web designer, the tips below will more than suffice:
1: Make it a habit to thirst for more knowledge. The more you read on the subject, the better equipped you will be in handling even the most complex of jobs.
2: Make conscious decisions as to what to learn. Much as there is a wealth of knowledge out there, not everything will be good for your consumption. As such you need to take care on which course of study to take.
3: Practice what you read. Don’t stop at flipping through the pages, actually take the time out to try the different codes or examples given and help you embrace what the entire process is really about.
4: Make every new site count by trying out new things you have learnt. Whether it is a brand new color or font, try to see how to make it work in the new site for an even better outcome. You may also try out that new code you leant.
5: Seek knowledge from those who have done it before. Having a mentor can help you learn new things that you didn’t know before. You can study their portfolios and learn what makes them tick in designing.
6: Don’t be afraid to create and solve problems. Whenever you create problems that you will need to solve, you gain a bit more experience in the designing world. Don’t be afraid to try out a new code.
7: Study websites. Studying websites that intrigue you will provide you with motivation to create even better websites. You will learn to incorporate things in your own designs that you would have otherwise thought impossible.
8: You can’t learn everything at once, so don’t try to. It takes time to learn everything about something that interests you so don’t be in a rush to learn it all at once! Instead, learn the things you need to learn one interesting step at a time.
9: Hunt for Inspiration. Much as you have great ideas of your own, it never hurts to seek for more inspiration. Find designs that intrigue, learn something from them and find a way to make better designs of your own from the inspiration you get from the designs.
10: Continue Learning and revisit what you have learnt before. It doesn’t matter your level of experience, new knowledge is just around the corner, so dot be afraid to seek it. Even as an expert, don’t forget that there is magic in going through the basics.
It doesn’t matter how many books you have read, how many websites you have built or how many codes you have written, there is always something new to learn, no matter how small it may be. As such, in order to be the best you can be in web designing, you need to develop a passion of learning.
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