For spreading marvels in the field of design, one needs to be a super pro-designer. Creativity prevails in the domain of designing. Yes! That’s a known fact… Besides grasping technical design skills (e.g. composition proficiency), one needs to get hold of certain “social skills” (also known as “soft skills”). Social skills serve to be our career attributes in any field of work. They also hold the same consequential position to your success as that of the chief technical skills.
Social skills are more like your character traits, which enable the people to form a working relationship with you. Apart from your crude talent, they are the personal elements of your attitude which shape up your whole personality. The designing section is limited to the work realm, but the social skills are limitless. They leave an unending impact on your behavior and personality. It seems like a whole pattern of soft social patterns and skills needs to be shaped up!
Social skills are mostly the deep-rooted aspects of your personality. Your past life experiences throw a bright light on your new work life. Even if you are a beginner in the designing field, your past social skills patterns can be harnessed effectively. If you find some trouble in practicing some soft skills, then you need to put extra effort into them in order to make them a constant part of your personality. This will ultimately exert positive influences on your personal and professional life.
If you intend to take your designing career to a high level, you need to instill the soft skills and maintain a balance between freelancing with the personal attributes. The following are some of the tips that every pro-designer needs.
Let’s have a deep insight into the list of requisite skills!
1. Maintain effective communication:
The design falls in the category of communication as it involves solving complicated subjects through a touch of shapes and hues. It also involves perpetuating fine ideas through the tools of text and visuals.
Good design is not confined to the good service of the products only. No, No! I am not saying that a product should not be deliverable. Indeed! It should be… But another foremost element should also be taken into consideration i.e. fine communication with the clients. That’s the special tip followed by every successful pro-designer to enhance their business world. Remain calm and placid in your interactive and communicative session that’s a triumphant ingredient.
In order to work on this social skill, make sure you have got a thorough understanding of your client’s requirements. Approach the subject demands and try to deliver the exact product which is actually required of you. It is better to make the essential documentation beforehand that highlights your clients’ work requirements and product specifications. In this way, you can get your hands on a worthy design.
“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”- Brian Tracy.
Besides this, you can also put forward your own ideas and demands before your clients. They could be related to your working duration, your communicative methods for approaching clients, etc. By keeping the tone highly professional yet communicative, you’ll make it easier to curtail the problems later. You will look highly professional, that’s a winning point on your part!
Tread on the communicative road and ensure that you set forward your design goals with the clients through a meeting or email. Do your best in producing a great design
2. Work as an Incredible collaborator:
Most of the time, we encounter such clients who are difficult to handle, group members who simply apologize at the eleventh hour for not delivering the task, and clients who constantly smash you up with their new requests. Ahhhh! It is an irritating attitude on other people’s part but you still focus on remaining consistent in your professional attitude. Have the right attitude as it determines your direction!
Collaborating through the broad spectrum of time zones and visual screens is not an easy job. It requires patience, consistency, and experience from your side. So, collaboration becomes important when there is a need to form up a strong business bond with the clients. Experience with clients should be maintained smooth and easy.
“It is the long history of humankind that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin
A simple approach is that you always have the option to not to work with the punctilious client again, but it doesn’t mean that you have to create ripples in your collaborative process. You can oppose the exceeding demands of the clients if you feel so. That’s the beauty of working wonders for yourself. And when you hold a smooth and soft collaboration pattern, you will never run short of clients.
3. Give and take overriding feedback:
It becomes really difficult to engulf the critical comments on your work, on which you have spent the utmost effort and heaps of hours. But it should not be the case. You should turn the wheels anticlockwise by thinking that every critical effort paves a constructive way to your knowledge and learning. It acts as a building block in your success. So, warmly welcome constructive feedback!
It’s not enough to digest feedback rather you should be good enough in giving constructive feedback to others. A better solution for getting genuine feedback is to form a group of critics, who review the design ideas, strategies, and current trends. It will enable you to consider certain design instructions which you might avoid. It will also help in unveiling a broader world of design networks, vocabulary and other specifications. You can also achieve valuable feedback through the medium of peer criticism.
“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.” – Elon Musk
One should be super comfortable giving and receiving feedback. Always grasp the good intentions of the critic who only wants to add a silver lining to your design projects, not undermining your effort and hard work. You can take your work to the next level by learning from feedback.
“There is no failure. Only feedback.”-Robert Allen
Don’t tangle yourself in the confusion that whether a critical idea is either “good” or “bad”. Twisted thoughts just hold back a person from achieving good means. Keep in mind that feedback is a breakfast for those who want to extend their projects on a broader level.
4. Stay inquisitive and modest as a pro-designer
Learning is a process that always adds something new to your mind pattern whenever you pass through it. Designers (both the beginners and experienced) find themselves at the stages of constant learning. This process never endures stillness. It keeps on evolving, bringing new trends, new demands, and new challenges.
You have to keep pace with the modern design demands with your curious nature. The more you open the creative gates of your mind, the more you end up getting something fruitful to your work. You never know which learning stage brings up which possibilities. So, taste every flavor of the learning process and put aside your ego and stubbornness.
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people”. – Leo Burnett.
Learning acts as fuel which ignites curiosity we never had an idea about. Those who want to enhance their work should work hard to master the learning and de-learning process. No one is so versatile to have all the answers in such an innovative era. So, take a step forward and try to seek out the information, knowledge and sources of the everyday world.
Ask as many questions as you can. Absorb every fact with a humble attitude. Listen to others and gather all the ideas. Also give an outlet to your attitudes and beliefs, but with an ingredient of modesty.
Keep yourself updated to the latest design trends, tools, and techniques by approaching various newsletters, journals, magazines, and relevant articles. Always keep yourself to productive learning!
5. Exercise your confidence aptly:
Confidence is one of the social skills that is needed for the development of any professional career. Know your worth so that you can charge the deserving prices for your product. When sham requests roll in your lists, it’s the element of confidence that allows to push them aside. Confidence should be one of the basics of your design project.
Acknowledge your worth and respect it. Don’t fall to accept something that isn’t worth your time. Confidence brightens up the way for pushing you towards experimentation. Knock out your comfort zone and try amazing design patterns, which can keep people in awe.
“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power”-Clint Eastwood.
It’s okay to have certain elements of fear in your personality. You need to put extra effort into polishing your confidence and harness it in your professional domain. No one is going to hold you back from trying out new things. You are at liberty to enter any section of brainstorming. Make sure the end result of all your efforts is something really profuse and functional.
You are not bound to follow up everything being told, rather display your own charming experiences and abilities to the front. So, do every bright effort on your part!
6. Maintain patience and flexibility:
Consistency and patience are the two foremost ingredients jam-packed in a package of success. At times, one may feel super tired and devastated. In such a dull and monotonous environment, one may lose all the motivation and look forward to quitting his design business. Practice resilience! Nothing happens in a flash. Every fertile design product is the outcome of a long tiresome journey.
New challenges spring up from nowhere and cause a distortion in your smooth design pattern. Patience comes to the rescue and allows you to keep working with your clients. Flexibility pays a person in the long run.
“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work through difficult problems.”- Gever Tulley
Successful professional, pro-designer and freelancer withstand many troubles and continue to focus on a broader picture, rather than shedding tears on each hurdling block. It depends on you that how you bounce back from a crude design project? How do you continue to track the focus in your work? How you extract new tools from unwanted data? You can come out as a warrior, enabling yourself to polish every talent.
This skill proves occupies utmost importance among soft skills. Take a breath of relief, depend on your creative skills and move forward with your head up. you can achieve everything with these skills in your hand.
Consider all these soft skills and try to grow them in order to avail every opportunity they bring with them. Also, hit upon those ideas which are missing from the bundle of social skills and work on them. Seek out all the possible ways to exercise the skills which will help you in becoming a fine and successful pro-designer. Grab these skills and make a mark as a pro-designer!