5 Different Ways To Become The Best Designer In The World
When you start building websites you obviously want to become the best designer in the world, but it's hard and you need to know what to do.
You can't just start designing great websites out of the blue one day. We're going to take a closer look at some of the techniques you can use that most people don't talk about, but they definitely still work.
You just need to remember that as long as you keep improving your hourly rate will increase, so eventually you will be able to live a fantastic life because people will be giving you anything you want for you to design something for them.
You can get started with any of these straight away, so it's up to you how quickly you go from amateur to professional to master.
Practice while people are partying
I think it was Arnold Schwarzenegger who talked about working hard while your competitors were out partying.
While you're lazing around there will be people out there getting stronger and smarter.
You won't come up against them while on stage and covered in baby oil, but you will probably compete with them for the big jobs.
I guess the takeaway is to never stop practicing because as soon as you slow down you are making it easy for someone to be better than you.
“When you’re out there partying, horsing around, someone out there at the same time is working hard. Someone is getting smarter and someone is winning. Just remember that.”
Build a great network
No matter what you do it always helps to build a great network because having friends in the right places is essential.
Can you imagine being able to ask qualified person a question if you're stuck without hoping a stranger helps you on a forum?
If you are friends with great designers you can also meet up for drinks where you can learn about new and exciting ideas from each other. They can even pass on some work to you, so you will make more money just from knowing someone.
Learn from the masters
At the end of the day, if you want to be the best you've got to learn from the best.
You can spend as much time messing around as you want, but you will need to pay money to take courses and buy books. You can't become amazing if you don't know all of the essentials.
Hopefully you have the chance to take classes in person with someone and you can ask them questions as you work. This will mean you end up skipping to the front of the queue, but it could be expensive.
Play around with your subconscious
It's hard to come up with something when you're sitting down staring at a screen. Creativity doesn't just happen when you click your finger.
I bet you've felt very creative when waking up in the morning or going to sleep at night. This is because your conscious mind puts its guard down and you can tap into your subconscious mind a lot easier.
You can also do the same thing with hypnosis and meditation, so practice them and you'll spend more time in a creative state of mind.
Learn from your mistakes
Everyone in the world will make mistakes on a regular basis, but everyone also has a choice.
You can learn from those mistakes and become a much better designer, or you can let those mistakes ruin you. Try to figure out why you failed miserably in the first place then look closely at what you did to fix it. Soon you will be able to limit the amount of times you mess up because you'll automatically know what works.
How can you ever improve if you never make any mistakes?
Great article, covering mind set as well as actionable to dos. I liked the Arnuhld reference and added the actual quote to the article above.
He's built 3 (!) separate careers (body builder, movie star, politician), each of which would have been enough for a life time.
If you feel you need to up your game, get his Autobiography and read it specifically for the many passages where he describes how he's setting goals and avoiding distractions. I'm reading it for the second time now, it's a great inspiration for raising your standards.