One of the things written on my mental to-do list is buy and learn how to use some basic graphic design software, like Adobe Illustrator. It would make my life a lot easier – and probably more fun, as I loved creating art when I was little.
While I continue to hem and haw about buying software, I decided to do some research on simple ways to improve your graphic design skills, no matter what your level might be. Here are 6 tips I learned:
1 – Create an inspiration board
I already do this, so at least I’m doing something right! Create digital boards to curate your multiple design and aesthetic interests on Pinterest. Rip out pages and ads from glossy fashion and design magazines and collect postcards and note cards. Pin them to a inspiration board in your office, kitchen, or hallway – anywhere you can enjoy it.
2 – Read design blogs
A design blog will provide you with invaluable resources, tips, information, and inspiration. I derive a lot of inspiration from From the Right Bank, but that focuses less on graphic design than interior design. Here’s a list of graphic design blogs I found online.
3 – Doodle
If you have kids, draw with them. If you don’t have kids but like to draw, get yourself a nice sketchbook. If you like to doodle during meetings or while on the phone, save your favorites. Drawing will get your creative juices flowing.
4 – Redo designs
The Design Cubicle’s blog suggests redoing designs – your own or someone else’s – even famous ones. Play with typography, style, size, and color. You can do this with a software program or just pencil and paper.
5 – Study good design
I love a suggestion I found on Rafal Tomal’s blog: study great design and learn what makes it great. Make note of the design elements you like the most. For inspiration, he suggests dribbble.com and creattica.com.
6 – Watch video tutorials
What else have you done to improve your graphic design skills?
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