Being a designer can be easy to fit in. You get a style or special place that makes the majority of what you’re good at and before you know it, your graphic design portfolio is starting to look a little … similar. So how do you add a new dimension to your work and break it from the mold? Here are six practical and achievable ways to help you improve your graphic design skills.

1. Study Design Theory

Graphic design is not a profession, it is a profession. Of course, there are plenty of things you can do, and there are many ways to design without a degree. But at the end of the day, proper understanding of the basic principles of discipline, including the concepts like grid theory, color theory, typography and golden ratios are essential.

For many designers, this a formal design education really shows its value. There are many options to focus from full university degrees to distance education setup and if you are hung for cash there are also some decent free graphic design courses.

2.Learn how to get more from the feedback

As a constructive, the most emotional draining things we can do is deal with a criticism. And yet, if you want to improve your skills then it is absolutely essential.

Positive feedback is great when it’s right, but without really feeling self-worth, you really do not get anything from it. And when it’s knee-jerk and unexpected (see: mutual backslapping on many forums), it can really be hostile for your ongoing development.

So you’re posting your designs on dribbles, bhans or Facebook or just sharing with some selected friends or colleagues, it’s important to carefully select your words to meet the maximum (constructive) criticism.

For instance, ‘what do you think?’ (The answer to the template: instead of saying ‘it’s cool’), it’s better to ask specific questions. For example, ‘this is short, do you think I’ve finished it?’ Or ‘Was Your Eye Focused on First Design?’ In this way people can constructively criticize your work, without being like a stupid troll.

It can also be useful to give you feedback on the work of other designers, to help you to improve and improve your critical skills in the way you can apply to your own work. Check out this article about how to get more from creative criticism.

3.Start a side project

Reducing the same thing in your nine to five jobs will silence your skills and reduce your enthusiasm. So keep your motivation to learn new things by starting your own project.

It’s always easier to learn new design skills if you need it to create a special item, especially if it’s something personal for you. So passion projects can lead you to learn new skills that you would never have thought, without the need for self-discipline associated with formal study.

4.Experiment

In the world of web startups, there is a saying: fast fail In other words. It’s just by trying out many experimental design ideas and putting into practice that you feel best and finds what you’re good at.

Those approaches graphic designers can learn when it comes to experimenting with new approaches, skills and techniques. So instead of always using similar fonts, colors, layouts, or software for each design you design, mix things up and try something new.

Throw in a crazy new typeface. Try 3D out of 2 D Pick some new design software. Instead of a pencil, a ballpoint pen or a charcoal sketch. Break the rule and see what happens. Ask yourself: How will this design be addressed in an old age? The picture is not used in photography. Double the amount of whitespace. In short, throw the convention in the air and see the land.

Most of the time, which countries are hot mess. But sometimes, you’re hit gold. And if you do not, the very process of experimenting will help you to free your mind, to see better what your creative skills need to improve and why.

5.Talk to other designers

One of the best ways to develop a designer is to communicate with other designers. But sometimes it can be tricky. You can be the sole designer in a large company, an irregular person who works from home alone, or maybe you’re designated by two- or three-person studios.

But actually, this is all the excuse. There are many easy ways to go out and chat with other creatives.

Go to meetings, events and conferences. Hit people on social media Check Forums Make friends Discuss conversation problems, challenges, questions. Collaborate on the project. Email the fan you admire Ask them to become your mentor. Stand on their podcast, or start your own so that you can visit your heroes.

In a nutshell, just force them to go out there. You can meet some interesting people and possibly learn more than imagination.

6.Read a book

Even if you have a degree, but say that: ‘Education is for life’, and you never stop learning. So next time you have to travel a long train, put your phone on a quiet and curl with a good book on graphic design. It will make better use of your time rather than twitter on Twitter or look at food images on Instagram.