1. Keep thinking of new and interesting design concepts
Being a graphic designer you have to keep your mind open for new trends, ideas, and concepts. Never be scared to be a pioneer in Web Design. You could be the next Picasso of flyers, Leonardo da Vinci posters or even Rapheal of websites; the world is still talking about these artist because they made history with their work thinking out the box, creating art pieces that are worth millions today. Sorry for the melodrama, but your work should mean something no matter how small or big the project because you never know who’s looking at your work. Your work will be a stamp of excellence, which will persuade other designers to be even more creative.
2. Join Creative Discussions
Joining creative group discussions will assist you in getting familiar with the graphic design industry’s trends; such as, the demand for certain types of designs, new design software’s (Adobe Creative Suite changes every year), and how’s the market for other designers.
Being part of a group also helps with marketing your portfolio or website. You can place a comment or opinion on a graphic design blog or website (if comments are aloud), and then leave a link to your website as a text link with your keywords which is great for SEO, something you can do to help market your service without paying for search engine optimization that some companies will charge you to do. If you don’t have the immense amount of time, than hiring a good SEO services company to handle promoting your website will be a great idea.
3. Follow Other Designers
Get a Twitter or Facebook account if you don’t have one already. All the famous & amateur graphic designers have their portfolio on the Internet through Social Media Marketing. Simply because every body has a Facebook (65% of America). You can follow these designers without them even knowing or you can build a business friendship with them. The good thing about building a relationship with them is that they can send business your way if they’re too busy and vice versa. Graphic Designers are part of a secret club and one hand washes the other.
Don’t be scared share your work. Share your vision. Share your passion with the world. You’re in the business to make money & make yourself known so let the world know.
4. Seek Criticism
Seek constructive criticism. Multiple perspectives can always shed new direction on a project. This may be a tough one for many of you to accept because we don’t ever want to hear from critiques; I know I don’t but in this business your local critiques can serve a purpose in making you the best graphic designer you can be. Sometimes you may have to swallow your pride because some people can’t wait criticize your work, but be humble and keep moving forward with creative designs. Whether you do logo designs, posters, flyers, web designs, or print designs – having someone else look over your work is critical and highly advised.
Written By: Bryan Loconto, SEO Fort Lauderdale