Mastering Design, One Article at a Time
You may be wondering if reading these articles really does anything.
Back when I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed designer in college, I eagerly devoured every article and blog post I could find. I registered for every email list and read all of their emails from cover to cover (or from header to footer, I guess). I embraced independent research and surrounded myself with design theories, tools, tips and tricks that I applied daily at both college and work. Even if I didn’t imbibe the lessons immediately, with review, repetition and practice they eventually integrated into my designs and became second nature.
Know that, the more you read, learn and practice, the more the lessons become a part of you and your work. Even when your instinct for design kicks in, you need to understand the theory behind your choices so that you can back them up to clients and superiors.
All designers need to work on training their eyes. The more you practice the better you become. You don’t have to be a naturally gifted designer; you have to be willing to work hard and practice, practice, practice. The designers who, years down the line, are the most skilled and advanced in their careers, are the ones who put the most effort into iterating and re-iterating their designs - the designers who are constantly learning and improving.
Anyone can be a great designer. And I’m here to help you get there.