How to Grow as a Web Designer

The field of web design is constantly changing and growing.

Getting in a rut is often the result of not staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies in the industry. Even if we do stay up to date, many of us at one time or another feel anxious about whether we’re advancing.

If you’re at a firm, you may be working towards a raise or promotion, or perhaps you’re thinking of jumping ship to a bigger and better company.

For the freelancers out there, we of course determine our own destiny; but far too often our careers feel stagnant, too.

This article goes over some ways to reignite your growth as a web designer.

 

When You Know You Need to Grow

I love to live simply. If I don’t see the need to grow my business, I won’t. For me, more money does not equal more happiness, especially if I have to work myself to death for it.

But many designers get to a point, as I have in the past, where they feel they have to grow in order to be comfortable with themselves and their business.

Grow

When does this point come? Well, it’s different for everyone, but most web designers fall into one of the following categories:

  • You need more financial stability.
    Whether you’re expecting a baby, buying a house or climbing out of debt, life changes demand career changes. Improving as a web designer and cultivating your business increases stability.
  • You’re anxious for advancement.
    As life goes on, even if we’re financially stable, we yearn for advancement to fill a need for self-worth. It’s not selfish, just a part of life. Advancing one’s career is a great way to advance personally.
  • You’re just learning the business.
    Whether you’re young or just switching careers, you may be new to web design. To be successful in this business, you need to learn how to grow.

These scenarios are general, and surely many of us have been through all of them. Whatever your reason for wanting to grow as a web designer, the tips below may help.

 

Define What You Love to Do

This will make you happier at your job every day—that much is clear. But how does it make you a better web designer?

When you have to perform a task that you’re not interested in or inspired by, you do it very slowly, and the work day gets eaten up pretty fast.

Motivation is a driving factor, and without it your day becomes slow and inefficient.

Love What You Do

Every day, we spend time doing tasks we hate, sometimes willingly, sometimes not. By minimizing these tasks, we can spend more time doing what we love, and by doing what we love, we get more work done because it doesn’t feel like work.

How do we figure out what we love? It’s not what brings more money or gets more clients. It is not even what you do well. In the context of a job, we love what makes us excited.

Don’t merely be content with what you’re doing; make sure you’re excited. What task do you do when you don’t have to do anything, that you don’t have to force yourself to do? What’s the one job that keeps you up late at night, without even realizing it?

 

Focusing on Your “New” Job

If you’re a freelancer, remove any services from your portfolio that you don’t like doing. Some think that offering numerous services brings in more clients, but fewer services can bring in just as many clients if you market them well.

If you don’t like to code, then don’t, even if you know how to do it. Outsource it, and don’t mention the service on your website.

If you’re at a firm, trading off tasks can be as easy as talking to a supervisor or co-worker. A co-worker down the hall may love doing exactly what you hate.

 

Learn a New Technique

With the wealth of tutorials on the web, learning something new every day is easy. Most web designers see elements and tricks every day that they wish they could do.

Too often we say, “This would really be cool to implement in my next design.” Yet, we hardly ever look up how to actually do it.

Learn a New Technique

Another great idea is to set aside time in your workday to focus solely on learning something new. It could be a new coding practice, design technique or business tactic.

Don’t rely on browsing, because therein lies distraction. Instead, decide ahead of time what you’d like to learn, and focus on that during your set time every day.

This is a great way to keep up with technology and fellow designers. They move so fast, and falling behind is all too easy.

 

Collect Books, and Other Reliable Material

Collect books, magazines, articles, RSS feeds, tutorials and more to improve as a web designer. Both web and print materials are required to gain the knowledge you’ll need to advance.

Collect Resources

Every good web designer has relied on certain resources to learn the ropes and stay up to date.

One can learn technique after technique, but we never really grow without some good reliable resources that delve deep into the heart of web design.

In other words, a shiny new Web 2.0-inspired button won’t get you as far as a sound understanding of positive and negative space.

Solid design and coding principles last much longer, and help you improve as a web designer much more quickly, than “tricks.”

 

Keep an Inspiration and Motivation Notebook

As creative people, we’re always coming up with great ideas. The problem is finding our record of those ideas when we need them.

Because we create one design after another, we’re not always on the ball. Burning out is easy and a huge inspiration killer.

We have to find a way to call up that motivation and inspiration on demand. Keeping a notebook of ideas and encouraging thoughts is a great way to do this.

Keep an inspiration notebook

Such a notebook could include sketches, written ideas, sources of inspiration, magazine clippings, book references and anything else.

It might also help to write down what has motivated you in the past; simply reading past experiences can be encouragement enough.

 

Build New Habits

When reading articles such as this one, we constantly discover new ways to improve ourselves and our business. The problem is that we don’t often apply everything we read. We are prisoners of our own habits.

To change this, don’t just find new things to do; rather, focus on forming new habits that will help your career.

For example, if you would like to sketch more ideas on paper for design projects, set a goal to do it consistently for the next 10 projects.

Setting goals turns your nascent habit into active steps, rather than leaving it as something “you’ll start doing someday.”

Sketching

Studies show that a person takes on average 30 days to build a new habit. Yet different habits require different time periods to form.

For example, one group of participants took only eight days to form the habit of drinking more water every day, yet smokers took over two months to quit cigarettes. Different habits take different times to form; it depends on the person and the nature of the habit.

So, whether you want to optimize CSS files for quicker loading, sketch before starting each project or enhance your design skills, be sure to do it consistently and make it a habit. Otherwise, you’ll fall back into the same rut of inefficiency.

Forming new work habits is a prerequisite to changing and growing in your job.

 

Re-Organize

Remember your first day at the office? The first thing you probably did was get organized, buy a bunch of new stuff and prepare pretty charts to track your progress and help you expand.

Organize

Look at those things now. Are they still used? Are they buried under all of your junk? Have you used even half of it? Even if your work space is not messy, is it organized for the way you do business today?

Chances are your perspective has changed as you’ve learned to run a business and do your job efficiently.

Take time to clean up, and reorganize your work space so that you actually use the things you set up on that first day. Organizational tools, ideas and supplies that you’ve long forgotten about are bound to pop up.

After unearthing everything, re-organize it to be more efficient.

 

Wrapping Up

Growing is a never-ending process, so it should be something to look forward to.

One trick is to think of every business or personal advancement as a new beginning, where you throw all of your old career problems out the door.

Optimize, learn and grow if you want to succeed.


Written exclusively for WDD by Kayla Knight.

Everyone has gone through different stages in their career. Whatever stage you’re at, feel free to share some steps we can take to advance in our careers.


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  • http://www.designsy.com designsy

    Important keys you mention out there, interesting read actually :)
    Good job, thx 4 sharing

    • http://www.subtypical.com Jesse

      Great post, plenty of good points for rookies and veterans. Especially the Re-organizing part – I’m the king of setting up a work area with the best of intentions, and then watching it slowly fail over time. Most stuff I get for organization doesn’t even get used!

  • http://inspiringpixel.com Tuhin Kumar

    Some Awesome tips man. Great stuff not only for beginners but also people who have been in the web design industry for long. I personally loved the suggestion to keep a time separate for learning and then stick to it.
    Have been doing the rest of them so it feels nice.

  • http://www.pressplaydesigns.com Tenny

    Great Read!

  • http://www.HeikoBehrens.net Heiko Behrens

    These ideas can easily be transported to other fields where creativity is the driving skill. I especially like the idea if building new habbits by intention. Thanks for your post.

  • http://twitter.com/tresg/ tresg

    thx, for your words. It needed it´

  • http://www.workbysimon.com Simon Carr

    I’m glad that people are acknowledging the need for web designers to grow & adapt to new technologies. This is one of my arguments for being a generalist instead of a specialist.

    I agree that web designers to keep up to date with the ever changing field of web design. Trying new techniques and learning new technologies is important… even if you decide that the new skill you have learned is not something you want to pursue, it will help you make decisions in the future. This may seem intimidating, but it is a great field to be in if you enjoy learning new things all the time.

  • http://bango.learnless.info/ New York Web Design

    Nice roundup.

  • http://www.beginnerdj.com Murlu

    Love how the book shelf is starting to sag :)

    I’ve always preferred learning online but lately I’ve been grabbing up a ton of great books on web design, a couple from the picture above. It’s great because it makes you sit down and actually do it, instead of just reading posts.

    My best advice on developing a habit is to not think of it as one. Generally you often relate habits as being negative (smoking, snacking, tv, etc) but this is an improvement. Since it’s an improvement, track your results and reward yourself along the way :)

  • http://www.beliv.de beliv

    Good post. Thanks ;_)

  • http://www.techacs.com NYC Web Design

    Great post …..thanks for sharing it with us.
    Keep posting

  • http://www.damianherrington.co.uk Damian Herrington

    Great tips. It has given me the motivation to move forward.

  • http://voodoodiss.com canesco

    very interesting, nice read! thank you.

  • http://www.nymcnj.org Jose Gonzalez

    Very insightful. I learned so much out of this is not even funny. Just WOW!

  • http://wonderlandpapers.worpdress.com Laura

    Really liked this article, a lot of great tips. I’m bookmarking this one to help me remember the advice.

  • http://www.doublejdesign.co.uk/ Jack

    Really good article. Thanks!

  • http://www.usabilitygal.com usabilitygal

    A very inspiring and motivating read. Finding time is difficult for a lot of people. I schedule learning into my calendar to give it more priority. I find friday afternoons work well!

  • http://www.prensaymedia.com Charlie

    Really nice ideas!!

  • http://www.samuelthompson.co.uk Sam Thompson

    reducing the amount of services is certainly a good thing! I did it with my site, and its stopped me from getting jobs that I dont particularly like doing.

  • http://www.socalinsurancebroker.com Tim Pine

    I just read over your article with my wife, who has been a designer for 10+ years. Good stuff, motivation is always powerful no matter what stage of your career.

    – Tim

  • http://www.visualswirl.com/ Chris Thurman

    I find it can be very overwhelming to stay fresh on so many emerging technologies. I like continue to grow my core skills while dabbling in some more emerging languages/ideas (ie HTML5) as I have time. I’ll have to work on some of these ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.mlwebco.com Michael Locke

    Very wise and informative read. Totally agree. Working in corp America as well as running my own show, it’s tough to stay in one position for too long, the rut does come often and creeps up on you quickly. Getting stuck in that rut where you’re not 100% happy is the worse. Nice read.

    ~ Mike

  • http://cyberfly.freehostia.com Tobey

    A truly enjoyable article. Thank you!

  • http://bealitao.carbonmade.com Bea Litao

    Thanks for the tips! I needed those. I, myself, have started the inspiration notebook on a supposedly daily planner.

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Nice post. Good read. But I think to become a good designer we need an innate patience! And more experience too!

    • CssSpidy

      Yes, totally agree with you, patience in designing is a key, working as web designer for more than 5 + years i have learned that learning and improving skills by having patience can make a difference !!

      • ABhi

        That’s absolutely True ..

  • http://www.wireframeplus.com Thanos

    Great article. At last something that i haven’t read before. Thank you Kayla.

  • http://spoutcreative.com Tracy Stone

    Perfect timing for this motivational article. I’ve started freelancing fairly recently and need to eliminate those services that don’t give me joy. Also, it’s essential to set aside the time to learn and grow. Making these tasks a habit will indeed ensure their realization!

  • http://www.webdesigner-michigan.com Kevin Mist

    Thanks for this.. this has inspired me to make a few changes around here :D

  • Mark

    That’s a fantastic article and really well written. Congratulations, Kayla. I’m not one for motivational self-help type essays, they’re usually far too earnest for me to find credible, but this is something different. It’s real and helpful. Thank you.

  • http://awebslife.tumblr.com Kyle Webs

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.feelofdesign.com Khurram Shahzad

    Good post! thanks a lot…

  • Melwave

    Great insight!

  • http://www.kenntrix.info kenntrix

    thanks. nice post.

  • http://spotmeon.blogspot.com Gaurav M

    yeah TRUE “OPTIMIZE LEARN AND GROW”

  • http://www.borgetsolutions.com/web-solutions Siddharth Menon

    Nice post … and good m doing most of the stuff :)

  • http://www.pratikbagaria.com Pratik

    Well thats actually for every designer not just a web designer I mean.
    Being into prints even I can connect to it. :)

    Thanks

  • http://www.smashingshare.com Smashing Share

    A very true story behind this great article. I am doing Web Designing from last several years and starting blogging just few months back. I do full time job as Web Designer for some company and blogging in my extra time. I have a lot of tasks in company which I don’t like to do. If you are not happy of what you are working, you can never bring 100% result. But as its part of the job, I have to do it. There are many reasons why I can’t leave my full time job which is useless to mention here. Hope I will get out from this situation soon!

    • http://www.emdesigns.de Michael

      The same goes here, as I work for a small innovation and marketing agency I don’t do always web designing but also some print stuff which I don’t like that much but what has be done must be done.

      Great article.

  • Kaushik Panchal

    Thanks a lot Kayla Knight and WDD for so useful post.
    Thaks a lot again :)

  • Retheesh

    Realy great post..this is what am looking for… me too plan to chnage my way of approach to deisgn… this article ignite my thoughts and creativity more…thank you…cheers

  • http://takipteyiz.blogspot.com ZA

    Thanks for sharing. Really great post.

  • http://www.alan-horne.com Alan

    Great post, and its great for helping get yourself organised in the next step of your career. Im at this stage just now, so its was a very good read for me.

  • http://www.mybiz.lk myBiz.lk

    This is a really useful post. Thanks.

  • http://www.redesignyourbiz.com/ Maverick

    Hey Kayla I feel you gave really good advice under the heading “Focusing on Your ‘New’ Job”. Thanks a ton for the lovely tips.

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    Obviously this has been tackled mainly from the freelancing point-of-view, but I do like how you discussed how these techniques could be applied to those working in a company or studio.

    Some great ideas and points made about why it is important to keep learning and growing as a designer – I think we all have experienced inspiration burn-out at some point – and keeping on top of learning can really help with that as you learn to look at a problem from different points of view.

    I think there was a lot of stuff in here both for new designers and those with decades under their belts.

    I particularly liked the bit about changing you habit by setting goals rather than as a “must do everyday”. I think I’ll try this technique myself and see how it helps me with formulating ideas and expanding my design skills.

    I love your writing style Kayla; keep it up.

  • http://www.designlovr.com DesignLovr

    Great Read!
    I completley agree that one profits much more from solid coding/design basics than from quick tips and tricks! Especially in this field books offer much more than most web design blogs…

  • http://www.nopun.com Noel Wiggins

    I think one of the biggest reasons why I love having my own design studio, is the fact that I can focus On what I love to do, instead of doing what I am told to do. I love the idea of focussing on what drives you, my issue is that I am so easily excited about a variety of things one day, then something completely different the next.

    For example I can be pumped about doing php programming, seo techniques, or illustrating or developing cool typography.

    The challenge is to be pumped about doing them “when” i need to be pumped to do them.

    I am glad to say that most of my days go by pretty quickly. I do feel like oh damn its already 5pm?… instead of wo hoo its 5pm…

    Thanks and Regards

    Noel

  • http://www.sthursby.com/thoughts Stuart Thursby

    Great post, highlighting a few simple acts which, when brought together, can make all the difference. I actually just wrote a similar piece on this yesterday, about how success is achieved through what a designer does outside of working hours, not so much the school they went to, etc.

  • albin Holmqvist

    Halfway through i cleaned my desk :)

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net Jordan Walker

    I think you nailed it on the head. You need to continue to learn, if you do not know HTML or CSS, learn it!

  • http://www.dubli.com Niubi Watts

    Fantastic tips, there! I’m always looking at websites for design inspiration. Sites like DubLi have really influenced my own design choices, but you’re quite correct to say that we all need to set aside some time daily for creativity. I personally try for one hour per day. I think it’s helped me a lot!

  • http://www.sametomorrow.com/blog adam

    Good post I think it’s definitely important to keep growing as a designer. No matter how long you have been in the market there’s always room for improvement.

  • http://nikhilmisal.com Nikhil

    Fantastic read! Even I found the images in this post very motivating.

    I strongly agree with “Define What You Love to Do” as if you interested and love your work then you will find it more inspiring and motivating.
    Being successful in whatever field you are needs your love and interest in your work.

  • http://www.singhvishwajeet.com Vishwajeet Singh

    Really a great post……wanted to retweet but authentication to twitter kept failing :(

  • Matt

    Good advice overall, though some of it isn’t immediately applicable. When someone is paying you hundreds or even thousands of dollars to do a job you agreed to, you better do it, even if you discover halfway through that it’s not “what you love”. Make changes after you’ve fulfilled your obligations. Also, sometimes you’ve got to bite the bullet and do what you’re good at to make money, even if it’s something you don’t outright love to do. You still need to pay the bills.

  • http://www.hosam.ws/ Hosam Adel

    A great post deals with great ideas :)
    thanks.

  • http://www.neosheet.net neosheet

    “If you don’t like to code, then don’t, even if you know how to do it. Outsource it, and don’t mention the service on your website.” yeah! i love this word

    this is my 1st time visiting this blog, and this article makes me adding your blog as my subscibed list ;)

  • http://alantakushi.com Alan Takushi

    Really going to take your words to heart. I especially liked “keeping an inspiration notebook” with you to jot your thoughts/ideas down. Having had one, but somehow in the follies of work and life, it got lost in the shuffle. Thanks for re-inspiring my passion. Cheers!

  • http://www.zizzfusion.com Calum Ryan

    An interesting and thought provoking read. It really is better to stick at and work on your design skills if that’s what you enjoy. Too often there’s a feeling of guilt about doing something you enjoy. You look at the programmer guy next to you and think – well he enjoys programming and he’s earning more so I should enjoy it too (though really you never will enjoy it).

  • Chian

    Great Job ^_^ Totally amazing topic.

    We must live life the way we want it, and make a web design build with our passion and enthusiasm.

    Definitely it will make us happy ^_^

    Keep on learning…

  • http://www.soula.com/ Katie

    Great article, one of the most important factors is continued growth and knowledge. I think to be a good designer you need to be experimenting with design all the time the other day I came across a bit of css code that someone had done to create bar charts, it was really clever and good to see

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at wien

    nice article, i like the “clean” workspace

  • http://www.squiders.com Web Design Maidstone

    What an excellent and thought provoking article, really spoke to me

  • woziq

    Thank you for sharing! I’m practicing few of these techniques, others are new for me and it’s great to have it organized this way, “under one roof”. My experience is, that every little change would help you to stay creative. Whether you change a desktop wallpaper or move to another continent, it always brings some kind of “new light” and you may see things that you didn’t realize before. Just keep moving – physically or metaphorically.

  • http://www.simple-development.com/ Maxi

    Excellent article! Congratulations. It is very interesting and enjoyable too, very good! :-)

  • http://www.saismo.at Patrik

    Interesting article and defininitely worth reading!
    Been trying to change my habits for quite some time and I’m getting the feeling that I’m finally on a good way with my new project http://www.saismo.at

    Hope I can keep up the motivation and continue to learn new things every single day

  • http://www.sbuster.co.cc sbuster

    I like Exelente!!

  • http://www.bcm-websolutions.de/de/services-webdesign-stuttgart.html Webdesign Stuttgart

    Awesome topic! After i read the article I had to clean the mess in my office… looked a bit like the picture :P

    Thanks a lot!

  • http://www.jimfmunro.com Jim Munro

    Good read. Thanks.

    Outsourcing is almost mandatory these days. Too little time and too much other stuff to do. I would even say outsource even something you know how to do if it lets you get things done in parallel. Might not be an option all the time, but it can boost your productivity, especially if you’re freelancing or starting a new career. *ahem*

  • Kenn

    Best read ever.

    Very good stuff and delivered at the perfect time of the year. Thanks!

  • http://easyfitnesswebsites.com/blog Tony M

    Great article. I was searching the web for web design blogs and yours was first. Even as a fitness website designer, I gotta keep myself polished. Thanks for the tips.

  • http://www.eloquentdesign.co.za Anton B

    Growing… growing… grone

  • http://webdesigner.ph Web Designer Philippines

    I prefer reading from online sources than buying real books. Some gets outdated and I need to buy more books in the process. Great article by the way ;)

  • http://javatutor.net Java developer

    Very good article. Thnx

  • http://www.edge-one.com Nicholas

    I have felt stagnant at many points in my career for reasons and it can be one of the most frustrating things imaginable. Whether working on an uninspired project or getting stuck in a series of projects that all seem to be going the same way, getting out of a rut can be an excercise in mental toughness. I’m very excited to see an article offering some practical advice on the matter. Great read!

  • http://www.aarson.com Web Design Philadelphia

    Well put!!!! One thing I need to do more is keep a doodle notebook like you mentioned to come up with new design ideas and keep my creativity flowing. There is alot of great concepts in this article and I thank you for sharing your vision.

  • http://www.kaplang.com/blog Kaplang

    Great post :) as a self employed designer I can relate to a lot of this, and even when you feel you are happy with how much you have grown, you should always look to keep growing even further.

  • http://www.jasonhollanddesign.com Jason Holland Design

    Another thing to be might be to just step away from what you do for a bit. Get away from the computer. Go to a coffee shop to sketch or read. Something to distract your mind for a bit. Clear out the cobwebs and then come back to ideas that might help you grow. Sometimes it might just take a fresh perspective.

  • http://www.bubblefish.com.au Website Design Sydney

    Getting in a rut is often the result of not staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies in the industry.

  • http://www.mgdesign.eu metaGraphics design

    One of the best articles I ever read. Congrats. Keep up the good work. Thanks

  • Teacher Teacher

    Some timely pointers here. I especially liked the hints about learning something new every day, and making that a constructive goal rather than a tempting time-waster.
    I wonder how many of the world’s working population can relate to only doing what you love. The things I enjoy doing the most, as yet, simply are not generating enough revenue for me to pay the bills. So, instead of feeling cheated out of some Zen-like work experience where I only have to do what I am thrilled about, I am trying to find a new way to look at the long list of “have to’s” that I accomplish every week. A new perspective is sometimes all it takes.
    Oh – and whoever the bookcase belongs to, it reminds me of mine! Mine leans heavily to one side, but I love how this is so weighed down with knowledge that it sags in the middle.

  • http://www.foundryspot.com Jack Hughes

    This is a very inspiring article. As a student still in college, I am finding ways to get more organized, be more motivated, and find what I want to do for the rest of my life. I enjoy working at Web Design in my spare time. I’m hoping to work toward that track in my education! I find that this website and the articles therein have been some of the most helpful and creativity sparking resources I have come across. Thank you for your hard work and expertise!

  • http://www.ingusdesign.com Ingus Smith

    Love the post. Really needed that insight.

    Thanks

  • http://2fanofsports.blogspot.com Akbar Hossain

    This post made me emotional. I know it sounds wired. I have to tell:
    I can’t walk since I’m 20 months old. I didn’t go to school, very weak in english, living a country which isn’t developed and stay 24 hrs at home and do not have friends. I’m not from a rich family. 6-7 months since have a desktop, don’t have broadband yet. But against every odds I just have only one dream remaining, which is off course someday, somehow become a Web Desinger.

    I know I don’t have extraordinary talents, so I want to work hard. But don’t know how.

    I want to contact with someone who started to learn web design professionally, so that I could follow him.

    Please if someone want to help me, contact with me.

  • http://www.absolute-design.co.uk Web Design Nottingham

    I like the idea of Keeping an Inspiration and Motivation Notebook. Ever since i started doing this, i find it easier to find new and creative ideas for basic design concepts..

    Thanks for changing how i look at web design!

  • http://coratcoretblog.blogspot.com AnggaRifandi

    Great article and I really love the last picture. Hope someday my own room can be like that.

  • http://www.cprvirtualoffice.com Charity

    Loved the post. I’m going out today to get an Inspiration Notebook.

  • http://skriki.deviantart.com/ Igor

    Excellent post, thank you so much.

  • Philip Davies

    Thank you for a great post

  • http://www.krishnasolanki.co.uk/ Krishna

    An excellent article, well written and very relevant.
    I believe in doing what I love, and I love web design. it is my passion and I have turned it into my career.
    Sometimes I cant switch off from “work” because I don’t see it as work…

    :)

  • http://adriangt.webs.com/ AdRiaN

    wow nice post!!
    very interesting…
    thanks 4 sharing!!

  • http://www.yummygum.nl leon

    I might be missing the point, but I’m in love with the notebook sketches of the Converse shoes ;)

  • christina

    nice post!!

  • sebastian geeen

    great read. Def going to set aside a few hours a day to learn some new things.

  • http://www.lewisdesignonline.com Tony

    Very interesting article.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://trimbakeshwar.in Keshavsing Solanki

    nice post for beginner…..keep it up….

  • http://www.bhuwanroka.blogspot.com MR. Bhuwan

    Nice ….I like it

  • http://joomla-outsourcing.com solexy

    nice article and images very nice

  • http://www.pkshops.com qammar

    a single word for this post is “Gr8″.

    thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.psyched.be/wordpress Darkened Soul

    Doing what u like to do is one thing, knowing what is possible in this field is another, the more you open your horizon, the easier you will find others to do exactly what u need for a particular design. Nice article, keep up this space.

  • http://www.smoothboothdesign.com Josh

    That illustration of the converse is awesome, would look cool on a t-shirt.

  • http://www.strafecreative.co.uk Strafe Creative – Graphic design

    Brilliant article and something ill be printing off and keeping a record of. Cheers again!

  • http://www.flasheasy.com Easy Flash Design

    It would be impossible for a web designer to keep learning new skills, maybe workable for 1,3,5 years, but 10 years? The ‘grow’ should not just be for technical skills, but in other areas, such as project management, business networking, marketing skills, etc. You can then hire younger programmers who know the new skills much better than yourself, let them help you instead of competing with you, this is the only way to stay in the business.

  • CssSpidy

    Hi Kayla,

    This is an excellent post, most of web-designer tasks remain same over the years
    1. Mockup design
    2.) Mockup design revised
    3.) CSS/XHTML conversion

    these are majors that take up your time and we do same for every project, as we gain experience quality improves but it really need lots of patience and Motivation to move ahead to move on to next level.

    I had been burnt out and now taken a break and learning something NEW till motivation comes back to design something.

    It is journey and there is not one destination i guess :-)

  • http://www.fcswebsites.co.uk Nick

    Nice article – I have found clearing my work area up and collecting flyers and design magazines have improved my creativity :)

    Nick

  • Christina

    I liked your point about keeping an Inspiration and Motivation notebook. So often you find things, be it online or in print, that conjure up a pile of awesomely creative ideas in your head and then 5mins later, you’ve last the plot and moved on to something else. A notebook is a good way to store those creative brainwaves until a more appropriate time presents itself. I’m starting one as of today =)

    Keep up the great articles!

  • http://www.sprocklab.com Fabian

    well put! I’m trying to be consistent on creating something daily. This can be pretty much anything I think of or a bit of theme for week. As a designer, being able to work on new ideas is a great way to improve yourself. In which case, I’m going to add learning new web techniques on my list to do..

    thanks!

  • http://billym.macabreink.com Bill

    I own The Art and Science of CSS and The CSS Anthology, both are amazing books; SitePoint rocks! Have to agree with you though, a lot of designers, myself included, get stuck in a comfort rut and we get comfortable with what we know.

  • http://www.pauledwardgonzales.tk Paul Edward Gonzales

    That was great… Thanks!

  • http://www.toffeecreative.co.uk Web Design Durham

    Some very interesting advice here, very useful for rookies and for the more experienced.

  • http://www.anythinggraphic.net Anything Graphic

    I love this post. I really, REALLY need to start learning new techniques and whatnot at a set time everyday. Starting today!

    Thanks.

  • http://www.skyemediagroup.net Gigi Skye

    Awesome! I totally forgot about the design inspiration journal. I had one for my fashion inspiration, but never thought about one for design inspiration. Thanks!

  • http://www.hanzray.com Hanz

    A must read article. Great Job!

  • http://www.ozven.com schua_ozven

    Great article there! Thanks for sharing!

  • jameydesigns

    Thanx for the awesome article! Its been a great help for me.

  • Ram

    Liked the work-place :)