Remember, practicing one thing again and again is not enough if you do not learn something new. A human learns new things throughout his life and it is not a matter of shame to learn from small sources. Same is true for web designing. Every web designer should have the urge to develop his skills. So, here are some tips to increase your web designing skills (image via shutterstock):
1. Read a Lot:
Reading different blogs not only develop your web designing skills but it also keeps you updates with latest news in web design industry. You may find several newspapers and magazines to get information (image via shutterstock)
2. Collect Inspirational Stuff:
If you see something inspirational that you can use in your design then start collecting it. See different posters and brochures and collect those that you think are of some use to you (image via shutterstock)
3. Join Design Community:
As a freelance designer, you must join the community in order to enhance or polish your skills. You will find many designers and critiques in the community who will help you in improving your design. Designing as a boss is good but you can’t improve in this manner. So, join a community and participate and I am sure that will see improvement in your work (image via shutterstock).
4. Work on Sample Branding Projects:
Think of a fake brand. Now design all the accessories for it like logo, brochures, newsletters, advertisements and a web design. This will make your design experience fun and interesting. By this method you will have the idea that how creative your design skills are and will definitely help you in polishing them (image via shutterstock).
5. Work on SEO Techniques:
Clients like those designers who know SEO techniques and can implement them in their web design. Learn how to create SEO-friendly web designs. Add this to your resume and it will help you in getting more referrals (image via shutterstock).
6. Read More About Typography:
Remember, visitors look more on text that on design. So make sure that the typography is done in a perfect manner. Read a lot about typography techniques, increase your fonts vocabulary and work on latest typography software and technology (image via shutterstock).
7. Try Some Tutorials:
From code to design, thousands of tutorials are available online. At starting it feels like you are copying someone else’s work but after some time you start picking the main concept and techniques behind them. Moreover, you get to know the software well on which you are practicing. Working on tutorials help a lot in learning new things, so when you get time work on as many tutorials as you can (image via shutterstock).
8. Convert Your Own Designs:
Converting your own designs from PSD to CSS or HTML helps in increasing your coding skills effectively. Most of the designers do not like to do this because they think their design will get spoiled. Well! This is a very silly excuse. You can definitely alter what you do not like (image via shutterstock).
So, if you are a designer and you get free time (which is very unlikely) then use these ways to increase your skills and make them perfect. You can follow star designers and communicate with them for feedback. There are several other ways also but it is your choice which way is more convenient to you.