Hello, from my grandparent’s house,
right now I am just sitting on a balcony of theirs house, watching outside to garden and forest. Spring is comming and nature is becoming more harmfull, funnier and more green. And right is that moment when I stopped and enjoyed that moment.
As a designer you should be able to take a rest and make some day just for you, yo ur hobbies, family or friends. Just find time for things you love. In my opinion designers need to give love to somebody and of course receive it from someone. When you are full of love, your mind is just more free and your ideas flow easier than ever.
“How often should I relax?”
There is no answer. One designer is totally diferent than thousand others. I know many people which are able to work all the day per week. I am not. I can’t say that I am “slob”. But sometimes i just need take a rest and get my ideas free way. I just need not to “do nothing”, but just have a fun or relax with people which I love (especialy with my girlfriend. She is giving me the energy, which I want not just for a work, but for to-be a better person.). For me it is neccesary to have that time. I am that person which is able to do a lot of work in one-work-day. Just focussed to the work all the day with lot of ideas and the other just relaxed. Try it, it is really good, not just for you, of course for people arounds you.
My work, my love
Of course, that you knew that feeling: when your work gives you the good feeling that you do the right thing. Yes, this feeling is simple, but really amazing. I am working as a designer for startup monkeydata. We are helping people grow in eCommerce field. (We are developing an analytical tool for online stores). And It is just amazing feeling, when you are working on something, which can help people over the world. And what is the best? That people loves our product, such as we love them. How I said, it is like circle: do something with love and that love will come back to you.
“Couse with love is our world becoming better place”.
Is it like your daily routine to share your work with other designers or colleagues? That’s is good. I think that this is one of the best ways how to grow as a designer. If you are able to share your feelings you should be able to describe your final work much better to your clients, boss …
How it was with me in this way
I think, with this could help another designer with you could discuss too. I knew it very well. I worked just by myself for about 3 or 4 years. I can’t say that it wasn’t a great time. It was of course, but something was missing. Work friend. I mean another designer.
He couldn’t do the same part of the job as you. But it is really good to know that you can discuss some designer problem with someone. “Like Peter please, my client told me … could you help me imagine another point of view for a better solution to my problem?”. And there are many and many more things.
More heads, more knowledge
Don’t be scared ask for help from somebody. In my opinion is really nice to spend some time with someone who is better than you. I know many people from whom I am learning 🙂 . Learning is just smarter if you can learn from somebody whom you behave respect. This time is not just about learning. But probably about making some solution about problems. For example me. I have met my friend Tom who is a designer as me. Me always meet together once a month. But it is really great time.
When we met the first time I had a lot of problems with designing of application. And he helped me. Sounds easy? Of course that. He just showed me a different viewpoint. It was a viewpoint like he was my customer and he simply answered me on 60% of my problems. Nowadays we just speak about new trends and application for designers. On our last meeting, we spoke about application craft from invision.
Hey you! Yes I am talking about you. Just sit down and think about yourself for a minute. Have you done for your job enough? Don’t need to learn anything else? I think that propably your answer will be: “Yes I need”. So what are you waiting for? Do not waste of your time! And start to do something for yourself. Doesn’t metter if it is for a job, for your friends, etc. Just start to do something what fills you 🙂 .
But I am Designer so I am goint to talk in this way
As a joung designer full of energy and passion for other designers. Would you like to become a good designer full of knowledge and skills? So … you have to learn!
For example me: I like read from invisionapp blog – there is a lot of articles from the other designers. You can find here a lot of tips like: “How to become good UX designer without degree”, “How to design for global meaning” and more… On the other side I learn from designers such as: . This guy is like “boom designer”. (If you know the others good just let me know in comments below 🙂 ) He is inspirational ‘couse his articles, newsletters and of course broadcasts called NTMY. I think that is good to know pages, person who inspire you and from you can learn something.
Find out your way of learning
It means that here is many various people. For someone is better to learn from books, than for the others from internet. I am the person who love learns from broadcast and “pictures”. As a UI and webdesigner I collect inspiration from looking on other sites, wireframes, microsites, apps (desktop, mobile) etc. . I am not coder, or programmer but I know the knowledge about html5, css3 and other languages. In my opinion it is necessary for my work to knew it: for cooperation between me and programmers. So just find out the way how you would liketo learn new things and just start! I am so glad that now I am “just” 23, becouse I would like to learn a lot! … and if I realize I have to. Becouse our community growing up every single day and every single minute and there is many and maaaany others better than me 🙂 .
Love that moments
In High School was learning boring for me. I can’t say that I wasn’t good at it, but I didn’t study design. High School gave me a lot of time for learning of design by my self. And I totally enjoy that times which I spent with designer softwares. When I close my yes I can feel that moment when I learnt something and finished it first time. It was something different. And I enjoyed it. Nowdays I am enjoying reading articles from the others good designer or application too. You must just realize that if you start learning will be better for you in your present time and for your future of course!
For example start just with reading one article per a day! You can let me know after a mount if you still reading 🙂 . I’ll be really happy if someone will.