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7 New Year Resolutions for Graphic Designers – Welcome 2012!

Another year has come to a close as we bid farewell to 2011. With every New Year come new Resolutions and promises. Some people embrace the concept of making New Year Resolutions while other avert the concept altogether. Nonetheless, I personally believe that it is a constructive exercise from the perspective of a graphic designer.Looking back at what you have accomplished in the past year, making New Year Resolutions gives you a chance to resolve your mistakes that you have committed in the past. It also gives you the opportunity to be a better graphic designer by acknowledging the deficiencies within you.

Below I have listed some of the most interesting and progressive resolutions, which every graphic designer should make for the next year.

1. Take Lessons from 2011:

With every passing year, most of us commit the same graphic designing mistakes repeatedly. So why not, for a change, take lessons from the year 2011 and note down all of our blunders and mistakes. Work on your flaws and weaknesses and turn them into your strengths. Similarly, make a list that you were threatened of and turn them into your opportunities.

2. Expand your Design Skills:

In order for a graphic designer to stay alive in this cutthroat market competition, one has to be diverse and multi-talented. Many designers prefer sticking to their comfort zones. For instance, a logo designer would fear trying out developing a code. Similarly, a web developer wouldn’t fancy designing blueprints of the website. This year, expand your design skills and broaden your horizon. So what if you are a graphic designer…design and code your very own WordPress theme or learn the basics of XHTML and CSS this year.

3. Contribute to the design community:

The design community has given you a lot to learn and discover. Perhaps, next year is the time you should contribute to the design community for a change. Corporate Social Responsibility and philanthropy are not just restricted to multinational corporations. We, as graphic designers can also play a part by contributing towards the graphic design community. You can do volunteer work that involve your services or give a design class to aspiring students and share your expertise with them.

4. Experiment With New Techniques:

All year you have been afraid of trying something new only because you fear failure. But…”It is better to try and fail than fail to try.” Don’t be overly cautious with your design selections. Try a color scheme that you have been afraid to use this year. One must always thinki out of the box in order to innovate.

5. Work with the ‘Annoying’ Clients Too:

OK! So you have spent the whole year voiding bad client types, only because you didn’t have the patience to deal with them. In the coming year, work on your endurance and tolerance to verbal criticisms. You will realize how much clientele you let go waste when you opt out of working with clients who are irritating and annoying.

6. Give Yourself a Raise:

Don’t forget to revise your design charges and rates. With the cost of living going up every year due to inflationary pressures, give yourself a raise this year…you deserve it! If you are a freelance graphic designer, rework your rates of work and learn to save for a rainy day as well. Make saving your habit and buy yourself the dream machine that you have set your eyes upon all year.

7. Stay Ahead of Time:

Most graphic designers are accustomed to go with the tide. They would follow trends and styles that are prevalent in the design community. In the coming year, why not stay ahead of time for a change. Instead of following trends, why not make your own trends for others to follow. Instead of going with the tide, BE the tide yourself.

Your Resolution for 2012?

So what resolution have you made for the year 2012? Is it from this list or you have promised something else to your self…do share with your designer friends here J


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