TOGETHER WE WILL IMPROVE OUR LOGO DESIGN!
SO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE YOUR LOGO DESIGN!
Believe it or not a logo designer, a graphic designer, a web designer, any creative mind is always and never should stop improving their skills or learning something new within their trade. The fact that you are seeking ways to improve your logo design skills and admitting you need to improve your design is the first step. This is where you pat yourself on the back!
BECOME A BETTER GRAPHIC DESIGNER
If your interested in becoming a better logo designer or take your Graphic designer skills to a new level I have some advise I like to offer. As any skill in order to become the best or at least have a fighting chance those keys words that have been spoken many times before come into play once again and they are “PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT”. However there are many other steps and methods to help in your journey to become a better graphic designer .
HOW TO BECOME A BETTER DESIGNER
The key ingredients to become better at any trade is research, learn and practice. Within all three ingredients are important methods and steps to contribute to the end result which is becoming the best at what you do.
There is inspiring graphic design all around us and collecting brochures, business cards, post cards or any media can help better your logo design or your graphic designer skills in general. Design or inspiring art can be found in Mother nature as well, carrying a camera, cell phone or sketch book can help document nature’s techniques. There has been plenty of times I have designed a logo from inspiration I gain from being out and about in Mother Nature’s beautiful creation. The internet is also a good source of inspiration, look up good design, logo design samples, other graphical works design by a graphic design professional and save them in your collection for future inspiration. While using this method please keep in mind we are using these works of art to learn from, gain inspiration from and create overused logo design by copying someone else work.
Well you can’t become better or the best at what you do without learning the tricks of the trade can you? There is knowledge all around you both free and some at a cost. First thing that comes to mind is enrolling in a institution of learning, an art school of some sort and earning a degree in graphic design would be a good way of legitimizing your skills but I will tell you to research different schools before making a hasty decision.
ALTERNATIVES TO SCHOOL
There are many alternative learning source to attending a traditional school and one is online websites such as Udemy which I personally am a member of, there is also Lynda.com, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) a private research university offers free courses online and let’s not forgot You Tube the large video sharing website which you can find a huge source of tutorials on any subject.
THE ALL MIGHTY BOOK
Now that we have gone over alternative learning sources to attending a traditional learning institution, let’s not forget the a source of learning that has been around for centuries, the almighty book and there are many good reading material out there to help you perfect your design skills.
There are many books out there but one I want to mention is Logo Design Love, the book written by David Airey dives into how to create an iconic brand identity, creating effective briefs, how to generate ideas, and how to price your work. There are plenty of other good books, keep a look out and build your library of knowledge.
Create an online presence for yourself, join and read online blogs. Best method to becoming better at what you enjoy doing is to learn from others that are already doing it and have established themselves as one of the best in their field. Start a blog yourself, you will find it educational and allow you to become more critical of your own work.
You can find inspiration from online design sites such as Logo Gala, Logo Moose, Dribble and the most commonly know Deviant Art. These are design sites where designers or inspiring designs can submit logos or other graphic design material to be critiqued. Inspiring designers can browse through the designs and learn from other designer’s work. One other method that I use on a daily bases is the Linked In community, there are several graphic designers I connect with and we all offer each other feedback on our design.
The last of three methods introduced I feel with turn us all into better logo designers and probably the most important is Practice. Practice will make an individual better at what field they decide to go into or anything you choose to do in your life and graphic design is no different.
My first suggestion is to take a look at a current logo design and try to redesign it. Find the flaws in the design and make it more effective. Fixing the cons on someone else design with help you notice the flaws in your design with help your create clean, timeless and simple yet effective logo designs in the future.
Another method is to just get out there, design and fail. Yes, nobody wants to fail but the best way to learn is to fail and learn from your mistakes. Join freelance communities such as Freelancer.com or Design Crowd and join some of the design contest.
Along your journey to becoming the best graphic designer you can be don’t forget to stop an smell the roses, take notice to all the design around you, learn from others who are already the best at what they do and learn from yourself.
Remember Logo & Simplicity is a community for us all to learn from each other. If you have any methods or steps you feel that I left out or something you believe works for you comment down below and together we will improve our logo design!