Design Prinicples

Hi guys! I just couldn’t resist to share with you something I read at SitePoint Forums.

1) Knowledge of Photoshop or other software techniques does not make you a designer. Techniques are simply tools. A talented sculptor does not need the best tools. Having the best tools simply helps the sculptor.

2) There are no “rules” in design. There are only problems and solutions. How you go about finding the latter to solve the former is up to you.

3) Schools teach you techniques, give you ideas, and help inform you of approaches, beliefs, and theories. You can learn all this yourself if you’re passionate about what you do.

4) Design isn’t something you can “learn” like a skill set (e.g. plumbing). It’s like music. Either you have it or you don’t (as American Idol has showed all of us). If you have no passion for it, you will never succeed.

Basically – if you’re doing it for the money or the fame, prepare to fail, badly. No successful artist / designer ever worked for financial stability. They did it out of love / passion for it. The money just came later.

5) The competition is very, very, very fierce. I’ve heard lots of sob stories about “wannabe” artists giving up because they couldn’t match the current level of design a good number of people are producing. Know what you’re getting into first, because you realize very early on that it’s not going to be a walk in the park.

Baki Goxhaj
Iā€™m a web consultant specializing in WordPress. I love elegant solutions, quality code and a good laughter.
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  • BANAGO Nov 6,2008 at 12:03 am

    @Mike: Yes, you are right, there happens a job circulation. However, there is always competition among the current ones.

    Thanks for the comment and I expect you come back šŸ™‚

  • Mike Nov 5,2008 at 7:24 pm

    Fierce Competition whilst putting many people off now means when the current generation retires there will be a drop in available talent which means newbies can step in. Its a prevalent job cycle, like Hairdressing, the manual / blunt cutting of the 80s is an older style very much in high demand these days, a technique the recent learners don’t know!

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