3 Growth Tips For New Designers
Studying design is a never-ending process. No matter how many degrees or seminars one completes, the work of a designer is an ever-evolving progression from one trend to another, from one client challenge to the next. To say that studying has finished for a designer is to say that their career is pretty much over.
Life mirrors design and for as there are many problems and triumphs that befall companies, individuals, and generations, the thrust to renew one’s learning never ends. But where do new designers go for research and development to further push their practices forward? Let us count the ways:
Among all teachers, travel is the most enjoyable and the most fulfilling. Travel opens the minds to the past and to the possibilities of the future. When it comes to travelling, a designer should not just focus on the usual classics such as Paris and Milan, or the usual cosmopolitan cities such as New York, London, or Singapore. Exploring places such as Berlin, Turkey, and even Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, which is basically an archipelago enriches one’s mind and soul. Travel should not be a form of validation the same way that one does not do research to confirm known facts but to seek answers and new insights.
As they say, the road less traveled yields more learning than the often beaten path.
2. Internships and mentorships
As much as it’s easy to read one’s way to new frontiers, nothing sets them apart and gets them further than having a mentor who can and who will provide chances to get their hands dirty with real life (read: paid) work. Learning a new skill like 3D rendering or knowing how to use it to pitch to a client effectively is nice to hear but even better to see in action. There is nothing more career enriching that learning from the best teachers and internships and mentorship programs provide this effectively.
3. Look at different industries
It’s easy to simply focus on homes or offices in terms of design but it simply gives zero to very little room for additional learning. Instead, go deeper. Instead of simply going to the suburbs, why not go to areas of poverty for example or areas that have been rampaged by storms and other natural disasters? How can you create a home from very little material and even smaller budgets? There are many wastage in the publishing industry, so how can design play a role in transforming these raw materials into something useful?
In the professional world, more and more people are opting for the open office layout. Is this really effective? Why not do a complete study on it and how other aspects of an office – such as lighting, furniture, and carpeting – play a role in the productivity of those who use that office?
The secret in finding new frontiers in design is not just in creating but also in finding more questions and finding the answers in doing as one goes along.