Many newbies in graphics design often find themselves prioritizing their design skills assuming that’s all they will need in order to be successful in their design career. This however is a misconception. You may be the best designer out there but this is not sufficient to guarantee you success in your design career. There are additional personal attributes that you need to focus on developing much in the same way you have focused on developing your design skills.
Here are 3 characteristics of a successful graphics designer.
#1 You must be open to criticism
For you to succeed in the design industry you must learn to be open to criticism and this will require you to develop thick skin. You are guaranteed to come across people who will criticize your work and this is perfectly normal. People may not see things the same way you do and this is perfectly fine. Don’t let criticism weigh you down, take it positively and let it help you grow. This is a quality you will strengthen over time as it doesn’t come overnight.
#2 You must have self-honesty
For a designer to have a successful career, they must learn to be honest with themselves. In the course of producing work for your clients, you need to always assess yourself and find out whether you are doing your best work. Many designers tend to get comfortable when they are not being challenged enough and may resort to producing design work that is just ok for the task but not the best. It’s important to be honest with yourself as to whether you have done or are doing everything possible to ensure you are the best version of yourself both professionally and personally.
#3 You must be a logical thinker
For a designer to be successful in their careers they must be logical thinkers. In fact this is one of the main differences between an average designer and a great designer. The way you approach your clients’ jobs has to be logical and well thought out. Each project needs to be approached keeping the end user in mind. This will make you know the best software design program to work with, as well as other design considerations. Logical thinking will also apply in other areas such as your career progression and the skills you focus on strengthening.
There are of course other skills like good communication which are rather too obvious so we won’t get into that. All in all take your time and hone the above skills and you can be assured of a successful design career.