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New Year’s Resolutions for Graphic Designers
January 2, 2014, 9:18 am
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Every time a new year rolls around we hear about the resolutions people are making. “I’m going to be healthier!” “I’m going to be more organized!” Nine times out of ten, these resolutions don’t make it to February. I’m not judging… I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best at sticking to New Year’s resolutions.

This year, I thought I might try something new when making my resolutions. Instead of focusing on personal matters, I’ve decided to focus on my graphic design side. I’ve compiled a list of great New Year’s resolutions for graphic designers for 2014. It’s probably not a realistic goal to accomplish all of these in a year, but if one or two grab your fancy, then give them a shot!

1. UPDATE YOUR PORTFOLIO – You know it’s been sitting there collecting dust all year. Drag it out and update it with your amazing work… you never know when you might need it!

2. TRY A TUTORIAL – No matter how much you know, there’s always something out there to learn! Maybe you try a Photoshop or Illustrator tutorial… or stretch out of your comfort zone and try something that’s a bit more artsy. Maybe a paining tutorial?

3. GET OUT – Inspiration can come from anywhere, but it can’t come from the same place forever. Get out of your office or your house… go explore a park or a new place. It may spark some interesting and creative ideas!

4. NETWORK – Whether you’re meeting new people face-to-face or you’re on a social media site or blog, networking can do great things for your business. You never know where you might meet your next client… so go get your name out there!

5. TAKE RISKS – Don’t be afraid to run with an idea that might be a little off the wall. Sometimes it pays to be different… just make sure you’re still meeting your client’s needs.

6. BE PUNCTUAL – Always meet or beat your deadlines. Even if they client seems “ok” with you being late every now and then, it will leave a better impression if you get them what they need when they actually want it.

7. BLOG – Whether you start a new blog or just pay more attention to your current one, blogging is a way to help get you thinking. It opens your mind to work other than your own, gets you thinking both critically and creatively and gives you a place to showcase your work and get feedback on a regular basis.

8. BE CREATIVE – Yes, as graphic designers we’re creative day in and day out. Try expanding your horizons though… find a new creative outlet that you enjoy – painting, jewelry making, crafting, etc.

Happy New Year!

Kristen Oaxaca, Graphic Designer

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