…we wish we were given when we first started!
Hindsight is 20-20, so looking back we see mistakes we might have avoided. Did George Lucas really need to make Episodes I-III? No; and unfortunately, no matter how many flux capacitors we use, we can’t change the past. However, to those who are just beginning their careers, now is the perfect time to pass on some helpful advice to help them avoid making mistakes like Mr. Lucas did. With that being said, here are five pieces of advice we wish we were given when we first started designing.
- Don’t underestimate the value of research
Design is nuanced. Approaching a project with a gung-ho mentality is a recipe for disaster. Instead, humble yourself and spend some time researching a project. This pre-project work may seem trivial but will always guide you towards a better, more refined end result.
- Allow time to get things wrong
Communicating ideas back and forth with a client can be a tricky thing, so allow yourself the time to start over if need be. Beginning again is mistakenly perceived as a bad thing, but the fact of the matter is that a lot of design is hit or miss. Some days you’ll be wrong more often than you are right in how you perceive what the client wanted, and so starting fresh is a luxury you owe to yourself.
- Design is psychology
Before you can even begin doing any design work you must solve the riddle that is the client. Delving into the client’s mind and deciphering their vision naturally provides the foundation for any work. While you may still not hit a bullseye on your first try, you will be much closer than if a common ground hadn’t been pursued.
- Don’t undersell yourself or take yourself for granted
Although humility is a large part of growing as a designer, it’s important to never downplay your expertise. If you approach a client insecure about your own work they will, in turn, become insecure about you and the relationship will crumble as a result. Your time and efforts are valuable so remain confident in all that you do.
- Enjoy what you’re doing
If you don’t get excited each time you think about work then you may want to consider switching things up. Find new templates, use new management tools, do whatever you need to make it easier and more enjoyable for yourself, because in the end that should be your primary motivation: passion.
Keeping these pieces of advice in mind as your design career begins to take flight will help you avoid the turbulence so many young designers encounter. Never look back and wonder, “what if?” by incorporating these tips into your own career, but if you must reflect, we hope your only question is: “what if I hadn’t read that awesome blog post with such helpful advice?” Trust us, you don’t want to know…
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Apprentice Studios is a graphic design studio focused on the training and education of the next generation of creatives.
Content By: Torrey Lubiens
Written By: Alex Reich
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