in Design / Misc

Boosting your graphic design skills: How to do it

Is your graphic design edge blunt and you don’t know how to sharpen it to the next level? If yes, here are proven ways of boosting your designing skills.

Proven Ways to Boost Your Graphic Design Skills

Graphic design is one of the pillars of web creation. Therefore, your place as a designer is critical since it forms the frontend part of websites that users interacts with. Additionally, graphic designing makes the visible architecture of a website friendly to visitors. However, the field of graphic design in web building is dynamic with new tools and trends shaping it every year. Therefore, keep yourself in a mood where you can move with the latest developments to serve your customers better. At, we believe that you too can improve your skills and tap into greater levels of efficiency and productivity in your career. Here are some of the proven ways by which you can improve your graphic design skills.

Study design theory

One of the most dangerous mistakes artistic people make is that they assume since art and design is an inborn thing, they do not need to sit down and get the necessary formal training to take them to the next level of efficiency. However, the truth is that you need to learn the theory of applying every artistic gift in your life. Since graphic design is a career, it is prudent to take time and study the theory to familiarize yourself with the concepts and principles that regulate that world. It is true that you can produce wonderful designs that can “wow” people, no problem with that. However, it is beneficial to understand you need to learn how to do it well. If you are a smart designer who wants to settle for nothing less than excellence, and remain in your career for long, theory remains the best option for you since training is one for the biggest tools for perfecting and bringing out talent. By studying the formal theory of graphic design, you will learn how best to use fonts, colors, and grids in your design processes. The bottom line is: if you have not read, read; if you have read, read again.

Use feedback advantageously 

Since design is an interactive and progressive career, you need to learn how to use customer feedback to your benefit. In the modern world, the age where companies used to tell customers things and expect them to say nothing are well gone. In our day and time, customer feedback is one the best measuring yardsticks for your success. You need to be mature and open enough to use positive feedback to build up on those areas you are good in while using negative feedback to correct your mistakes. This way, you will be in an advantageous position to learn a few tricks here and there, especially when the user comments and says how best you could have done the job. Your attitude here will determine whether you will learn and grow better or run from your faults and watch your career go down the drain.


Initially, we said that there is no reasonable replacement for formal training—diploma or university degree. However, the formal training you get should never be a roof or a wall to confine you to some angle. On the contrary, they should be a basis on which you need to stand and rise higher. In fact, they should be a springboard that needs to catapult you to new heights of creativity that will only work when you decide to experiment with what other people have not done. If you do not engage this gear, it would be better to apply for a teaching job at the nearest school of graphic design. But if you want to succeed and excel in your career, it is advantageous to begin experimenting with different media, tools, skills, and techniques.

Participate in design communities

To become an excellent designer, you should learn from the adage that says, “If you want to go fast, run alone; but if you want to go far, run with others.” As a designer seeking excellence, you have to present yourself where other designers share their work, stories, and journeys in their professions. By availing yourself in such forums, you will be in a better place to learn from their mistakes, strengths, and skills. This way, you will surround yourself with strong people who have made up their minds to go beyond just paying bills in search of greatness.

Get a mentor

Contrary to the fallacy of the 20th century that you can be a “selfmade” hero, the truth is that there is no such thing as a “selfmade” success in any area of life. Let us face the facts and laws of nature. We all come into this world courtesy of two people—parents. The fact that your journey into life and existence took two people who also took you by hand to develop you into an adult should teach you that no one has ever gone anywhere meaningful alone. Therefore, you need someone to look up to and learn from. So, do yourself a favor and get someone you can ask help from; a caring person who can instruct and direct you when you are stuck—get mentors.

In a highly competitive and crowded field like graphic design, aim at excellence if you don’t want to be overshadowed by the competition. Therefore, it is in your best interest to embrace continuous development using the ideas we have shared in this post.


Bogdan is the founder of Top Design Magazine. You can find him in Bucharest-Romania so next time you want to drink a beer there and talk about web and stuff, give him a message.