The biggest mistake is jumping into Photoshop too fast. Learning Photoshop does not make you a designer, just like buying paintbrushes doesn’t make you an artist. Start with the foundation.

First, learn how to draw.

  • You don’t have to sit in a room with a bunch of other artists trying to draw a naked woman.
  • You don’t even have to get that good at drawing. Just learn some basics so you can be comfortable sketching with a pen.
  • You only have to do one thing to learn how to draw: get the book You Can Draw in 30 days and practice for half an hour every day for a month.

Learn graphic design theory

  • Start with the book Picture This. It’s a story book of Little Red Riding hood, but will teach you the foundations of graphic design at the same time.
  • Learn about color, typography, and designing with a grid. If you can find a local class to teach the basics of graphic design, take it.
  • Go through a few of these tutorials every day.

Learn some basics in user experience
There are a lot of books about user experience. Start with these two quick reads that will get you in the right mindset:

Learn how to write

  • Don’t fill your mockups with placeholder text like Lorem Ipsum. Your job as a designer is not just to make pretty pictures — you must be a good communicator. Think through the entire experience, choosing every word carefully. Write for humans. Don’t write in the academic tone you used to make yourself sound smart in school papers.
  • Read Made to Stick. It will teach you how to suck in your readers.
  • Voice and Tone is a website full of great examples of how to talk to users.

Learn to kill your work

  • This is the hardest step in this whole guide.
  • Be prepared to kill everything you make. Be prepared to violently slaughter your precious design babies. The sooner you can embrace this, the better your work will become. When you realize your work isn’t good enough, kill it. Start again.
  • Get another pair of eyes. Ask for feedback on your work from people who care about design. Don’t know anyone? Make some designer friends — go to designer meetups and events.
  • Get the opinion of people who don’t care about design, too. Show your work to people who would be your users and ask them to try your website or app. Don’t be afraid to ask strangers — I once took advantage of a delayed flight by asking all the people in the airport terminal to try out an app I was designing. Most of them were bored and happy to help, and I got some great usability feedback.
  • Listen. Really listen. Don’t argue. If you ask someone for feedback, they’re doing you a favor by giving you their time and attention. Don’t repay the favor by arguing with them. Instead of arguing, thank them and ask questions. Decide later whether you want to incorporate their feedback.

Learn Logo Design

  • Learn how to make a logo that doesn’t suck: Logo Design Love
  • You’ll want to take it a step further than a logo though. Learn to create a consistent brand – from the website to the business cards. Check out this book, Designing Brand Identity.

Learn Mobile App Design

  • Start with this tutorial to get your feet wet on visual design for mobile apps.
  • Read this short but very comprehensive and well-thought out book on iPhone design: Tapworthy. It will teach you how to make an app that not only looks good but is easy to use.
  • Geek out on the apps on your phone. Critique them. What works and what doesn’t?

Learn Web Design

Now for the hairy question of whether you need to know HTML/CSS as a designer: It depends on the job. Knowing it will definitely give you an edge in the job market. Even if you don’t want to be a web developer, it helps to know some basics. That way you know what is possible and what isn’t.
There are so many great resources to learn HTML and CSS:

  • Free one is Web Design Tuts.
  • Paid one (pretty affordable at $25/month) is Treehouse. If you’re starting from the beginning and want someone to explain things clearly and comprehensively, splurge for Treehouse tutorials.

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As an artistic, some questions may be running through your mind, especially when you see something creative. These questions may include: “What did creative people do that enables them to come up with great and groundbreaking ideas?” “Where those ideas came from?” and “How could someone come up with such ideas?

There is a number of habits that you can cultivate to help spurs your creative thoughts. Try to develop these habits in order to get your own creativity flowing at a high level and to keep the ideas coming. Soon you’ll be impressing others with your awesome ideas!

Below are some of the habits that can help in developing your creativity.

Have Discipline and Routine

Sometimes people think that being creative means you can just sit around waiting for inspiration and then create. Many people think of creativity as a freedom from rules, when in truth, the opposite is true. A rigid routine will ensure that you make time for creativity. If you wait around for inspiration, you may find yourself waiting a long time.

Daydreaming

Let your mind wander. Once you’ve got an idea or a plan, tackle it with focus. While you’re waiting for that idea to come, let your mind wander around and poke and prod at different thoughts and ideas. Daydreaming has also been called “the incubation period”. Letting your mind wander will often leave you open to new avenues of thinking.

Silence the Inner Critic

One of the things that stands in the way of a lot of creative thought is a person’s inner critic. Many ideas falter before they get a foothold because you think they aren’t good enough and could never work. Your inner critic usually kills an idea long before it has a chance to get out into the world. Silence this critic. Let your ideas out, no matter how crazy or outlandish they may seem. 

Feed Your Creative Mind

Ideas and creativity rarely come from nowhere. Ideas often sprout from other ideas. To feed your creativity you need to be curious and investigative. Research the details of the problem you are trying to solve. Read about what others have done in similar situations and see what you can take from those successes. 

Keep Ideas for Later

No doubt you’ve suffered from this before: you have an interesting idea but nowhere to write it down, a little later in the day you need that idea but it’s gone. Or maybe you have an idea that doesn’t quite work for one project, so you let it be. Only to come to something else a little while later where that idea, the one you just completely forgot about, would really work out. No matter the idea, write it down. Evernote is an awesome app for keeping all your ideas written down and organized. 

By giving yourself time to daydream, and making sure you don’t kill any of your ideas before they have a change to grow, you’ll see your own creativity take off. Keep these habits up and you’ll find that new and creative ideas come easier and easier.

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One of the greatest assets that an individual can possess in the creative industry is the ability to think differently. This will potentially be the yardstick to measure teams saddled with the tasks to craft new ideas to move products, companies and communities at large from one point to another.

It is true that some proven techniques that has worked before might be easier left as is.... you have probably heard severally that there is no need to re-invent the wheel... I dare to challenge the norm and will be glad to see more creative people craft new and fresh approaches to the wheel itself. after all, innovation they say is when we twick what is already invented, making it suitable or should i say re-packed for use as a new application.

 

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