10 easy ways to learn design
“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” Milton Glaser
Designing is a whole new world and people are often tempted towards a great design. But what it takes to be the best at it? Read it here to explore 10 easy ways to learn and improve your designing skills.
- Know the lingo
Keeping yourself up-to-date with the common design terms will help you grasp things faster. These design terms are used frequently by almost all designers some of which include color pallette, wireframe, moodboard, aspect ratio, typography, typefaces, vector, raster images, dpi, kerning etc.
- Design culture
Understand how design has evolved over generations. What cultural or knowledge shift has led to the ongoing trend and why. This will help you understand the design perspective.
- What the “GREATS” have done
Check the work of some famous designers to know their thought process and what made them successful. This will help you inculcate some of their best practices in your design.
- Follow designers and design studios
Every designer or studios showcase their work now on social media to reach greater audience. Following them on social media will keep you updated with the latest design trends and will help you build a great design repository.
- Read design blogs
There are some really amazing design blogs on internet. Read them as often as possible to know the various technicalities involved in designing. They also display their approach while making those creatives,
- Use free design tools
Until you can afford the pro tools, try using the free alternatives. This will give you a hands-on experience in creating new design.
- Recreate a designer’s work
The designer built the design on the tangent “X”, try making it on tangent “Y”. Try to improvise the design as much as possible and take feedback from people.
- Recreate your favourite work
That’s the challenge but easiest too. You know your designs better than anyone. Try improvising the design and see if it looks better. Don’t forget to take feedback.
- Make something new
Make something new, something more creative, something less monotonous to see how comfortable you are outside your comfort zone. This will help you explore various design trends plus your own appetite towards building some great designs.
- Speak to a product manager or marketer
A product manager or a marketer will always look at a design from people’s perspective – how acceptable your design is when it is published to masses. Their feedback might be brutal but necessary.
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