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How Junior Web Designers Can Stay Creative and Productive at Home?

Creativity has no limits, it only requires a fresh and peaceful mind. There is a calm and comforting environment at home which enhances your power to think and be creative. At home, you have a great amount of time to actually explore the web designing world and also scan your mind for unique ideas.

So, in order to be productive and creative at home a junior web designer can do a lot of things to shine and learn:

Master your software skills

Nearly everyone is familiar with the basics of Photoshop. But Adobe is constantly putting out software updates that bring new innovations and features to their entire software suite. The products are further enhanced by the massive amount of third-party plugins that save you a lot of time and effort in achieving the results you want.

 

For any junior web designer, having all these tools at your disposal is valuable, but knowing how to use them is priceless. Being able to send clients several different web design mockups for them to choose from, in just a few button pushes, is a skill you should endeavor towards.

 

According to Parachute, a creative design agency based in Toronto, staying on top of the latest website and UI/UX design trends will give you an edge. So you should also know the deeper mechanics and keyboard shortcuts of your web design software to accomplish those design trends quickly on your own.

Expand Your Social Circle

The designers’ market is a quite competitive one. Web designers are literally a dime a dozen on freelance websites. As a junior web designer, you may be plying your trade to potential clients and reaching out to offer your services.

 

If you expand your network and grow your portfolio, the opposite will begin to happen. Potential clients will begin approaching you, recommending you to their business partners or just word-of-mouth in general.

 

For this reason, you should make it a point to expand your social networking circle and rub elbows with a lot more people in the industry, or even attend designer festivals.

Find your creativity triggers

Creativity isn’t a water faucet that you can just turn on and off at will. Sometimes you try to turn on that faucet, and the creativity barely trickles out. It’s not as simple as being in a “relaxing, calm environment”. Sometimes you can be in the most quiet, relaxing environment and still the creativity won’t flow.

 

Creativity may be spontaneous, but that doesn’t mean it’s instantaneous. You need to pinpoint exactly what triggers your creativity, and seek out new experiences.

Learn colors from an artist’s perspective

Colors are very important in web design. But it’s not as simple as “white background, black text, blue hyperlinks, red call-to-action buttons”.

 

If you’re working on website design for a generic e-commerce website, then it makes sense to stick to the generic palette. It’s tried, it’s true, it works.

 

But for creative projects, it really helps a lot being able to put together beautiful color palettes, and why those colors actually go well together.

 

As a hobbyist landscape painter, I started out buying generic paint colors – red, blue, green, white, etc. Then I started branching out into different shades. Sap green, Hooker’s green, emerald green. I also learned how to mix the generic paints to create those different shades.

 

So as a junior web designer working on creative projects, being able to reference colours the same way a painter references their palette will really expand your creative abilities.

Manage time efficiently

Time management is very important for successful projects. It’s easy to form bad habits, such as procrastinating until deadlines are looming over your head, because you believe that a sense of urgency kicks your creativity into gear.

 

Sometimes that’s true, and I’ve turned in some great work to clients while under a great amount of stress. But I’ve also lost money that way – the time I spent procrastinating on one project could’ve been time spent taking more projects had I finished early.

 

Time managing is a key to success. To achieve your goals you need to do your tasks on time and refrain yourself from wasting too much time on worthless ideas or by procrastinating too much. There are several time management techniques worth trying, such as the Pomodoro technique.

John