Advancing Your Design Career: 3 Skills for Success
Humans are creative beings. Someone has created pretty much everything around you: all the technology you use, your house, even the clothes you’re wearing. Humans have made everything from cave paintings to the Mona Lisa, from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony to the spaghetti Bolognese. So, there’s no reason for your own creative skills to stay underdeveloped! Now, while genius is 97 percent perspiration and 3 percent inspiration, you can help yourself by learning new skills to keep your design career one step ahead.
3 Tips for Advancing Your Design Career
Communication is key in so many areas, not least if you’re creating something for someone else to execute. In simple terms, even telling your hairdresser what kind of haircut you want is a great example. You can have the best design in the world, but if you can’t communicate it to prospective clients, then you’re not going to win any new business. One good way to improve your communication skills is to start a blog about what the expert knows. This helps to build your design career by building your brand as an expert in your field, giving your client’s confidence to trust you with their project. Your online following will start turning to you on things like creating energy-efficient homes and design tips. Communication will start with your clients trusting you and turning to you for your knowledge as the expert and your design career will flourish.
Improve Your Computer Knowledge
As an interior designer, I use to resist learning technology because I simply didn’t have the time. I had a CAD department that I would give my hand drawings to turn over to CAD files and that department took a lot out of my bottom line. It also cost me additional work by first me producing the design and then they had to input it, I had to check it, it was simply a waste of time, energy and money.
Since starting my blog I have continued to empower myself with learning more and more about Word Press, writing simple codes, etc. Software designers can be expensive people to hire. A lot of them are freelance, and their rates reflect this. It’s not hard to write clever code. Even when a term seems complicated, a simple C# async await explanation reveals that this is a coding program that runs tasks while waiting for another task to finish. In short, it lets you write programs that execute background tasks – making it much faster, as it’s no longer just running one task at a time. Furthermore, rather than hiring web designers, it’s not impossible to learn how to do it yourself, both saving you money, and giving you complete creative control over the whole process. If you know enough about computing, you can save yourself some money, and produce something that’s just as good as what a professional coder would be able to do for you.
Improve Your Organizational Skills
You can have the best ideas in the world, but if you aren’t organized, then those ideas won’t translate into the finished product: time will be lost, people will be confused, and your clients won’t get the best possible result. So, make sure that you’re as organized as can be! Have clear schedules for your projects, and make sure everyone knows what that schedule is. Also, make sure that everyone knows exactly what they have to do: confusion is not conducive to a productive business. If you can get things organized, your creative projects will be much easier to execute, as there is no space for people to misunderstand what’s needed of them.
It’s not hard to take your business’ creative projects to the next level by simply applying these 3 skills.
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