Top Tips to Become a Better Graphic Designer

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The digital world changes extremely quickly and working as a graphic designer means the need to get caught up in learning new techniques when the main focus is pushing your creative limits. Inspiration is tough to find when you feel pressured by a looming project deadline.

Below are some tips to help with inspiration, how to find it and prevent stagnation, and become an improved designer.

Buy Design Books
Make it a habit, at least once a month, to search for a good design, typography, or art book. Build a good book collection to create an on-shelf inspiration library.

Subscribe to a Design Magazine
Computer Arts, Digital Art, and Design Week are a few suggestions. These monthly publications are a great source of new inspiration for any designer, whether beginner or advanced. Though they are not cheap, they are worth the money you pay for keeping up-to-date with latest trends and design tips.

Read Graphic Design Blogs
Blogs are excellent sources for inspiration. Subscribe to news feeds to get the latest news from graphic design bloggers. Join in and comment on the posts so you can also build a rapport with the blogger and other readers. You could meet new designers, get further inspiration, and learn more from the community.

Start a Blog
Building your own blog will not only help others, it will educate yourself as well. Do not pose as an expert, but rather use your blog to showcase your latest designs. You will be surprised just how many people would visit a design-related blog for tips. Posting your work for comments and feedback will help you become more analytical of your own work.

Create Self-promotional Pieces
Once in a while, save a pocket of time to create something just for the sake of it. Create a logo, blog theme, website design, or stationery letterhead for a false business. This activity keeps your mind fresh and allows you to design without client requirements.

Re-design Old Work
Start by choosing an old project and produce a totally new design. This will help you push your boundaries and stretch your creative muscles. You will see how much better you can make the design as you become more critical of your past work.

Keep a Sketch Book on Hand
Hugely under estimated by modern graphic designers, a sketch book lets you design freely without the software constraints. It enables you to design quickly and create rough illustrations before moving to the final artwork using your chosen software.