Art has spoken through the expressions of both man and nature since the dawn of life on Earth. We see art in the simple display of colors, in the compilation of objects, art in an image, a simple sketch and many more too. To a graphic artist, the imagination is alone the limit of his work. Styles and trends have changed over the many years and have raised the bars in the competition for excellence in the graphic designing field. One will be left behind in dust if he is not up to date with the changing and building times. Remember, it takes but a small step to break out of bad habits, pushing your imagination to higher levels.
Hacking and Sharpening your Tools
Tools of every trade need to be kept sharp and updated to update and upgrade one’s skill. To a graphic designer, the essential tools of the craft are available in multitudes. The digital agency surfs between apple lovers and those who favor the PC. Adobe’s creative suite works to perfection and gives more than excellent results. Apple’s Final Cut Pro 10 is a beautiful edition that renders editing less technical and the output mind blowing. Although one could use the Adobe Premiere for the same effect, FCPX has better navigational system and is more recommended by experts for video editing. Of all these tools, a designer’s best friend is his scribble pad or notebook. Penning your thoughts and ideas on a paper is always helpful before setting to work on it in your computer.
Steer With The Right Perspective
Being a designer doesn’t necessarily mean being stress free and having things your way. There are times when a designer is pressured for inspiration and is ‘artistically constipated’.
Keeping yourself organized and your surroundings clean tends to keep your mind on track and easy to think. A cluttered environment makes your mind feel cluttered too and doesn’t help access the bubbles of imagination.
Remember, communication is also a very good mode of self motivation. Some of the best ideas have sprung by simply having a chat with a person. Acceptance also helps understand oneself and one’s abilities better. This will only enable you to tap your skills at a better angle and from an angle you are better suited for.
Sometimes focusing your senses to a single perspective helps notice the slightest of differences your mind rarely catches on. Try using a pair of good earphones or headphones. They can effectively drain out the unnecessary and distracting sounds and help tune your mind to a more soothing and constructive thought.
Self Help Is The Best Help
Regardless of the industry of your work, it is essential that you understand the concept of self help. Unless you learn to help yourself, you will never surface among the sea of coworkers and stand out with your talent. Motivating yourself from within is as essential as gaining motivation from the things and those around you. There may be times when your clients will tend to guide you to a specific requirement and may even ask for a specific design. You will need to understand here that, the brand needs you more than the client. Simply nodding your head to knowing the difference between a good and bad design is what makes you stand apart as a professional Graphic Designer. Stick to your values and also have a keen ear for what people ask of you.