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Designer Reveals Four Insightful Tips On How To Do Better Design Work
By Jillian Wong, 13 Jan 2016
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Designer and art director Wade Jeffree has outlined four tips for designers on how to do better work in an article on Format Magazine.
To understand design, you need to understand people
“If you don’t understand people, you can’t understand design,” says the creative, who believes in collaborating with others to learn about them, as well as pick up new skills. “I think it’s most important to understand that you can’t do everything, and that you don’t know everything.”
Your experiences shape your life and work, and understanding how relationships work enriches your creative process. Collaborations also help ensure projects get finished, and that the completed work is something to be proud of.
Use technology to make your ideas come to life
Though a designer by profession, Jeffree also creates games, apps, typefaces and clothes. “With the availability of new media and technology, there are even more opportunities to create. Random thoughts don’t have to just live in your journal anymore—there’s never been a better time to make ideas happen.”
Stay creatively fulfilled by combining your personal interests with client work
It’s one thing to work on client projects, but it’s another to combine your personal interests with work. That's exactly what Jeffree did with ‘Black Metal Modernist’—a project that melded design with his love of hardcore metal.
Not only do you learn more about your passions, you also improve your craft in other areas, ensuring you stay creatively fulfilled.
“Exploring your personal interests and combining them with a client goal is like being a kid and eating pancakes while watching TV—it’s the best of both worlds.”
Create epic things that engage with people other than designers
It’s important to have ambition and not be content working solely on design projects. The more diverse your portfolio, the more your work will resonate with an audience other than designers.
Having a curious, restless mind, Jeffree constantly seeks to create epic work that “allows for engagement with a larger audience outside of the design community.”
Head over to Format Magazine to read the full article.
[via Format Magazine, image via IMGembed]
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