There are literally millions of websites by graphic designers looking to be the next Banksy of the online world. Reality is, very few make it. How does one designer stand out among millions?
Adapting and evolving your site to maintain your edge and stay current is one the most effective ways to not only keep up, but stay ahead of the crowd. This isn’t easy and takes a lot of hard work to play creative hard ball with so many talented designers out there looking for their big break.
But you can breathe easy and put down your watercolours, because there’s an easier way and you’ll find that building bridges is far more effective than burning them when it comes to staying on top.
Social media isn’t just for useless procrastinating but connecting and building relationships with other designers. Take an interest in online communities, join forums and subscribe to blogs to stay up-to-date with emerging trends and receive interesting feedback to help you implement new ideas and improve your work.
So many designers lose their momentum and give up after starting out and finding themselves falling behind and become nothing more than a fly on the wall. They focus on their failures, their competitors, their future and what’s to be gained instead of why they fell in love with creative design in the first place. Stay passionate and love your work, and it won’t be long before others see it in everything you do.
Nothing opens doors the way education can. Expand your knowledge base and absorb information like a sponge to water. As a designer, having a solid understanding of code and back end development helps set the foundations for learning and implementing new designs far more seamlessly than working in sporadic chunks. Having a stronger knowledge of your craft broadens your horizons and opens you up to inspiration far more effectively than focusing on how the pretty colours blend together.