Effective methods to improve your design skills
All prosperous web designers are improving their designing skills on a regular basis. Those designers, or people of any other profession, who halt at some stage or make a decision to stop improving their skills, won’t ever get successful in their professional field. However, it’s good that there are a lot of ways that make it possible to always learn new things and improve professional skills.
In this article I’d like to look into various techniques that a web designer can improve his skills and at the same time accumulate professional experience. Those techniques involve everything, from learning new opportunities to changing the mindset of a webmaster when it comes to creating a new design. Take a look at the techniques for improving web design skills and feel free to share your own methods and ideas!
It would be a good idea to keep an eye on websites such as UI-Patterns.com. They can become a great source for your inspiration and provide new great ideas to obtain strikingly looking web designs at any time. Do you usually offer the same type of layout to your customers? Does the navigation look similarly? Go through various websites to draw novel ideas, gain inspiration and learn new useful habits.
It’s important to be very attentive to all the details. Don’t be afraid to add more details into your web designs. An experienced web designer looks at everything: texture, cutouts, shadows, alignments, etc. So should you do. Practice adding all those details into your web design and find out what works best for you.
Today, many clients are looking for web designers who can offer SEO service as well. For that reason you should learn how to create and code websites that are seo-friendly. The more effective your customer’s website, the more clients you will be able to get as referrals.
Be creative and experimental with colors. You may need to learn the psychology behind the color to better use the color palette for more effective design expression.
A good habit of a great web designer is to use a sketchbook. All the ideas should be put on paper first. Illustrate backgrounds, wireframes and organize all the elements in the sketchbook. In the future you can always use it for developing your design skills and achieving better outcome.