6 Common Traits of Successful Designers

by John Kash Tweet - in Graphic Design - 4 min read


Last updated on October 10th, 2018

Are you a designer who aspires for making it big in the field and wishes to contribute with really great works? Do not think that there is some secret formula to reach to the status of legendary designers. They all started by learning the tricks of the trade and climbed the ladder gradually. They all were focused and dedicated to what their field of graphic design field. Many of the famous designers have common qualities, which we can list below for your benefit.

  1. Ever willing to learn new

New information continues to pour from a wide range of sources. If you are unaware of it, you are left behind. Surely, you would not like to create something that others find outdated. Successful designers have this trait of learning new things all the time.

In fact, they all are known to be good readers and observers of new design techniques. To continue your learning process, you should be reading blogs from reputed designers for their honest views so that you get right guidance.

Learning comes also from observing your environment which is also a source of inspiration. Experimenting with design elements is also a vital part of exploring your talent.

  1. Take Criticism

Harsh criticism of your work can come from anywhere, especially from your client. How do you react to that? Many designers do not take the criticism kindly and react in frustration. But a common trait of successful designers is that they are willing to accommodate a point of view of others.

Your approach to critics of your work must be of listening to them patiently and ponder over what they have to say. If the critics are really knowledgeable, you should be thankful to them for insights which you may be missing.

Famous logo designers are known to alter their design if a client does not like it. They are not adamant people who will not listen to any adverse remarks and instead think about making those changes and still keep the design unique and creative.

  1. Look for Inspiration

Looking for inspiration is unique trait of legendary designers. It is the inspiration that drives a talented designer to do something memorable. So, they will wait, and sometimes endlessly, until an idea strikes them.

If you read the memoirs of great logo designers, you can find stories of how the idea of that particular famous logo design came to the designer. But they are always looking for the sources from where they can get an inspiration to do unique things. So, successful designers involve themselves in reading design books, experimenting with the elements, observing the nature and surroundings, visiting markets to scan graphic designs on display everywhere in markets and so on.

So, you must be keen observer of the events unfolding in your life. All such observations result in an idea striking your mind just when you were looking for it.

  1. Balanced Approach

Creative designers often love to play with design and experiment a lot. But while they have some creative fun, the importance of organized design is not lost on them. They know their limit of creating something funny and restrict it to its place.

Once the fun part of the design is over, the designers get those concepts organized professionally. They never submit a design concept without giving it a proper shape and purpose. This is because they take their professional part of the design very seriously.

  1. Good Communication Skills

It is not enough to create a professional graphic design. You must also convince the client about the purpose and meaning of the design. All the successful designers are capable of conveying the meaning of the design to the client in clear language. They make a prompt interaction with the client to get views while the design process is still going on.

In fact, good communication skills of a designer are a great help in getting approval from the client. The designers go to a client with all the preparation and presentation skills ready.

  1. Always Professional

Successful designers do not let their ego prevail over their professional career. They understand that there is a difference between being arrogant and confidence. They are confidence but do not let it translate into being arrogant. This helps them in welcoming new suggestions. The professional approach also helps in eliminating any likelihood of an emotional reaction so that they can find solution that is convincing both to the designer and the client.

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I am John Kash from London(UK), a designer having over 5 years experience.My work specialization are logo design, graphic design, Calender Design, Newspaper Ads Design, business cards design, clothing design, social page design & blogging is my keen interest. Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest