Everyone is different and because of that, each individual approaches web design in a different way. Despite this though, there is one constant…everyone must practice.
Maybe you practice at home, maybe at school, or maybe you have the luxury of developing your skills because you design every day in work. Whichever it is, it must be done in order to progress and get better.
In my early years as I designer I didn’t have that luxury of it being part of my education, so in order to become better at design I really had to put the hours in at home in my own time.
That was a lot of nights sitting in the dark working and drinking Pepsi I can tell you!
At points it was completely exhausting coming home and booting up Photoshop every single night, but it made me the designer I am today. I was hard on myself for a long time but now when I think back to the kind of stuff I was producing in my early days, I’m really glad I sat down and put the hours into it.
So yeah, I worked my arse off to get what i believe to be ‘good’ at design. (Note: I’m by no means spectacular, but I’d like to think good enough to be able to sell it as a service confidently.)
My advice to new designers out there is that its not easy putting in the hours, but the results are well worth the effort. What I recommend is holding on to as many visuals as you can. Keep them in an archive and frequently visit them. You will actually be surprised how much of the work you complete you surprise yourself with later down the line. Having an archive is excellent for monitoring your progress, and often you will be able to use them as starting points for new clients.
I’d love to hear how you practice your design skills. Do you turn the lights off and switch off from the world, or do you have a different approach?