If you are a graphic designer, then, you must have come upon this situation now and then – facing a challenge on how to choose a design project that best suits your skills.
Now, it’s not that the graphic designers are not talented – trust us – they are, but what holds them is the lack of confidence, the confidence that they won’t able to carry on the whole project on their shoulders without a glitch, thus forcing them to ditch the project midway.
But you know what – if you are a graphic designer and you, too, feel the same way, you should know that you can’t stay like this forever; you will have to have the ability to connect with your potential clients, and shying from them is not going to help in your endeavor. Doing so will only lead the potential clients to believe that you lack confidence, and hence, won’t be a good fit for their project.
And, you don’t want to happen that to you, do you? You know, there are a few tips that you can look into, so, that, you can build your confidence as a designer.
Looking into your strengths and weaknesses
Focusing too much on the things that you are not good at – that’s when the doubt starts to creep in; you should start with listing out that things that you are not good at, and will need to be improved.
First, focus on what you are good at, and continue to improve that – and once, you start to get the hang of it, it will be easier for you to build your confidence in those areas.
But don’t neglect the areas in which you find challenging – it’s recommended that you consider improving those areas one at a time, and pretty soon, you will be able to add them to your ‘strengths’ list.
Avoid comparing to the best
While it’s okay to have your role models as your inspiration when you are starting, but when you start to beat yourself on why you can’t be like them, that’s when the confidence levels begin to get down.
Know this that they are they, and you are you, and you shouldn’t compare yourself them – they may be at their best now, but remember there was a time when they were starters – just like you. You can find inspiration in your work, but never compare yourself to them – instead what you should do is to improve yourself as a graphic designer, and very soon, you will find yourself ranked ahead of them.
Always keep on practicing
This is not for the graphic designer, it applies to all – no matter what field you are in, never stop practicing. Doing so will lead you to lose your steady juice – keep on producing more and more work. The more you produce, the more mistakes you will make, and the more lessons you will learn.
If you stop in between, it will cause you to lose your rhythm, and the next time, you start, it will feel as if you have started all over again – when this happens, you will also not feel proud of your work.
Saying ‘yes’ to feedback
This applies to all – not only graphic designers, but there are many in the fields that they are working, they simply refuse to take feedback, they think that they are digging their graves; but in reality, getting feedback is one of the best ways to hone your craft, and make you more confident.
Fear of getting negative feedback?
Why worry? Take that in your stride, because you know – you may hate to admit it – that your work has its imperfections. Consider looking at the negative comments with a positive note, and think how you can improve your craft; and once you can figure that out, you can pull yourself up.
Got positive feedback? They are the ones that lift your spirit.
Setting clear and attainable goals
You should always have a goal – and one that should be clear and attainable, otherwise, how do you plan to celebrate your milestones that you have reached?
Of course, the goal shouldn’t be any random one that you have just thought of on the spot, instead they should be realistic and one that should be coupled with clear deadlines which makes it easy to gauge your performance; and once you start clearing off those goals one by one, your confidence too will rise.
Getting paid properly
Just because you are a designer, it doesn’t mean that you should go for any design project that you see – doing that is one of the fastest ways to lose your confidence.
Opting for design projects that are either pro bono or are low in compensation – if as a graphic designer you go for those projects, you will begin to see yourself as someone who is not worthy to get paid more.
Don’t sell yourself short.
Building a flawless design process
During the course of you being a graphic designer, you will come across many systems – some of them will be good while some of them will be bad. Ditch the ones that you don’t need, and opt for the ones that are good and are helpful in your design process.
It’s suggested that you consider listing everything down – right from how you do your research to how you deliver your final work, and once you have found the best mix that will let you deliver the best results, you will become more confident in what you do.
Trusting your design process
After you have got the design process that will let you deliver the best possible results, it’s time to trust it with your whole being – because, if you don’t do, it’s not going to help you if even the process is effective.
It’s time for you to start trusting your design process so that it will let you deliver the best results, while also letting you gain confidence as a designer.
Knowing your purpose
Never lose sight of what and why you are doing – if you lose it, it’s all over. Always remember where your passion lies as a designer, and make that your sole focus –and the more focused you are, the more motivated you will be to do well.
This, in turn, will make your work even better, and which will boost your confidence as a designer.
When your confidence as a graphic designer slides down, it is you who will suffer – and this will affect the quality of your work. You should know how you can pull yourself out of this slump, and by doing so, you will become a much better designer than before.
Don’t rely on others – you can do it yourself since no one knows you better than yourself.