• David SvezhintsevDavid Svezhintsev, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )
    • Find a mentor, who could honestly say that your work is crap, and suggest on how it can become better.
    • Copy great designs, learn how they were made, and think on why they choose that design decision, and not any other. If you can get to the bottom line of things, you'll be best at solving real problems with your designs, and your skills and experience will increase exponentially.

    Just my two cents I learned from the past years.

    16 points
    • Dustin CartwrightDustin Cartwright, over 8 years ago

      Going off your second point, design is problem solving. Having (or learning) the ability to look at just about anything and understand how/why people made it that way, is critical. Many products look like they could be done much better, but when you consider the larger picture you begin understanding why each sacrifice was made.

      15 points
    • Nurit Bahat, over 8 years ago

      I would add to this: make sure to read/watch interviews with great designers' discussing their creative journeys and sources of inspiration. You might find that your own potential as a designer is locked in a very inconspicuous and easy to access place.

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