15 Helpful Advice for Beginner to Become a Better Designer

To become a better designer, in additon have design skills, there are other important factors such as have a dedication, work hard, persistence, be patient, think about what you love and draw inspiration from that, being critiqued and other.

In this article you can find 15 design gurus share their great advices that can help you to become a better designer.

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Fabio Sasso

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Question: Do you have any advice for aspiring designers/bloggers looking to make it in the industry?

The best advice that I can give is to always keep learning. Don’t worry about having a unique style, your style will come naturally with time. It’s also important to remember that you are designing for a target audience, not other designers.

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Source: Meet Abduzeedo Founder Fabio Sasso

Philip Tseng

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: Would you like to give any tips or advise to aspiring designers and illustrators?

My advice for aspiring designers and illustrators is to be open-minded and thick-skinned. What we do is very subjective and we’re always being critiqued. So, don’t give up. Oh, and learn how to use the Pen Tool — you won’t regret it!

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Source: Interview with Philip Tseng

Rob Shields

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: Do you have any advice for beginning designers out there?

Don’t copy other designers, become better than them.

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Source: Interview with Graphic Design Guru Rob Shields

Ryan Putnam

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: What advice do you have for those getting started?

If any aspiring artists want to get into stock, I would suggest keeping your options open. Even though there are some big stock sites that drive more traffic than others, you never know what will happen in the future. Displaying your artwork on as many sites as you can might generate more income and get your name out there more as well.

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Source: Interview with Ryan Putnam, aka Rype

Heiko Klug

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: Now you are a very accomplished designer, what advice would you give a starting artist who would want to put his work out there commercially to be hired for commissions?

I’m often asked how you can make money in the shortest time. I always ask those people why they are doing what they do. I do this because I love what I do. I cant imagine a life without it and its one of the best feelings when you can express yourself. Everything else comes natural. There will be a day when a company or agency comes to you and asks you if you could do something for them.

What I mean is, you have to be patient. Don’t sell yourself. I also rejected a few client jobs because I don’t like what they would do with my work or I find the concept boring or whatever. Don’t be a client whore and never forget why your doing this. If you want to make money in a short time, then go to the casino. Sure you can also lose everything, but that can also happen if you work with the wrong clients.

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Source: Heiko Klug Interview

Chris Spooner

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: Finally thanks for this interview with Digital Art Empire do you have any advice for our readers?

I always advise anyone with an interest in design to keep practicing, experimenting and trying out new techniques. Follow your inspirations and just do what you enjoy!

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Source: Interview with Chris Spooner : Spoon Graphics & Line 25

Glenn Robinson

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: If you could go back in time and tell your old self one bit of advice concerning design what would you say and why?

I would tell myself to stay as far away as possible to conforming to trends. Trendiness kills identity. When you’re trendy, you aren’t being true to yourself; you’re being true to the crowd. Stay original. Stay unique. Stay fresh.

There’s nothing wrong with inspiration—we ALL take inspiration from other places, other people, other art. But may the inspiration you find simply help to bring out the “intrinsic” creativity that resides within your own soul. Give THAT to the world and you share with them something that is truly meaningful.

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Source: Glenn Robinson Interview

Fernando Volken Togni

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: What message or advice would you like to give to the aspiring artists and illustrators?

I think it is nice to find out something that is yours. An inner feeling that makes you love what you illustrate. I think illustrating requires passion. You can start with a moleskine, a simple piece of paper, a white canvas, vector software or an advanced tool like Photoshop, or your own new technique. Create and spread it. The only thing important is having a message or feelings to pass. The world needs art, colors and freedom of expression to make people to get closer.

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Source: Interview with Fernando Volken Togni

Andrew Archer

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: What advice would you give to the newbie designers?

Dedication, persistence and diligence. It’s a competitive industry but I strongly believe that those who are really passionate and love their craft will shine through.

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Source: Interview with Artist Andrew Archer

Bruno Borges

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: What was the most important lesson you have learned since you started designing that might help the newer designers?

Try to have fun even when the job is annoying.

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Source: Interview With Bruno Borges

Tadeo Alexander Martinez Anguiano

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: If you like to offer some words of advice to beginner who just starting out in this graphic design field, what would you say to them?

Well first of all do not t be carried away by copying all of any artist, I have seen and also lived in what is certain Pharmacopoeia all artists. Try to forge a personal style ideas from the mind itself, try that work will gradually be cleaner and believe me it will be well accepted by the world because the design is of the few things that attract much interest worldwide.

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Source: Interview with Amazing Photoshopper Tadeo Alexander Martinez Anguiano

Phil Dunne

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: Do you have any advises to the upcoming artists?

Never give up. If you get knocked back by anyone or anything, dust it off and start again. You have to consider the progressive nature of the design industry and realize that one commission won’t make you an overnight success. The best digital artists and designers out there are the dedicated ones because they are trying something new, being confident about what they do. If you stay confident and focused this will show in your work, people will see it and they will
want to hire you. Branch out and contact other artists…like me! ;D, ask to collaborate with them and stay fresh. Keep up with the latest trends in digital art, design, art and fashion and just avoid them. Create your own trends, I know that sounds easy to say, but if you work at it and think about it enough, you’ll do it. Artists who are successful are the ones who come from the left of centre because they were doing their own thing. I’ve only started using Facebook,
Twitter and soon Youtube…the potential for these are limitless so explore things like these.

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Source: Interview and Showcase with the Great Illustrator Phil Dunne

Veerle Pieters

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: What advice would you like to give to budding designers?

Stay passionate about what you do and don’t loose the hunger to learn new things and don’t be afraid to experiment or fail because that’s how you learn.

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Source: Interview with Veerle Pieters

Kevin Roodhorst

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists and designers?

Focus on what you want most, and believe in yourself.

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Source: Design Interview: Kevin Roodhorst

James White

Helpful advices for beginner designers

Question: One last question: Any advice for designers out there, who, like me are willing to improve their skills and become a master?

The best advice I can give is to work hard. If creativity is in your blood, never ever stop utilizing it no matter how many frustrating moments may occur. The internet is a wonderful way of researching art, but don’t only research what people are doing currently. There are riches to be found in the past, when people were creating amazing works of art before computers existed. Learn your tools and programs inside and out but always remember that art comes from your mind, not the keyboard or mouse. Think about what you love and draw inspiration from that.

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Source: Interview: James White

I hope you’ll enjoy and get some motivation and inspiration, and if you have other advice for designers who are just getting started, please feel free to share in the comments.

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  6. Rez says

    Thank you for all of this advices. All of this very inspiring. As a beginner I always need ‘magic word’ to motivated me.

  7. Eko S says

    @Rez: Hi, we’re glad this post motivates you. Thanks 🙂

  8. fj shield says

    tutorials have been the best way for me to practice photoshop tools. I like doing tutorials because it gives me a chance to create something for friends and i usually will do a tutorial three times over to perfect the lessons and better my skills. thank you for the posts of motivation.

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  10. GraphicDesignBoss says

    Hey there,

    great post…

    just wanted to help you fix a small typo.

    It should be “helpful advice for beginner designer” – not advices

    🙂

  11. Eko S says

    @GraphicDesignBoss: Thanks for your correction…we just changed the title 🙂

  12. Simon says

    thanks so much – a lot of useful info. I am a novice designer at http://www.pixmac.com – best, simon

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  14. Margaret Yang says

    Great article! I really liked Glenn Robinson’s response: “But may the inspiration you find simply help to bring out the “intrinsic” creativity that resides within your own soul. Give THAT to the world and you share with them something that is truly meaningful.”

    – and more valuable.

  15. Eko S says

    @Simon: You’re welcome, and glad this post useful

    @Margaret Yang: Great, you’ve found the key.
    All their advice is very motivated us, too. 🙂

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  19. Andi Duferense says

    Thanks for the information

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