How to develop the sense of design?

To become like Hermione, but in the field of design, you need to know the whole theory by heart and have a sense of beauty. We will tell you how to develop a sense of design to achieve professional growth in just 5 steps.


Step 1. Steal Everything That Lies Very Well 

And no, we're not asking you to break the law. All innovation is developing existing ideas because it is impossible to create something out of a vacuum. And if you think that the human imagination is boundless — try to come up with a new color.


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The designer is not an artist. He has no task to express his inner world. He needs to solve a problem. Therefore, you do not need to try to reinvent the wheel every time. Just pump up the wheels. Create a folder and save there all the layouts that can inspire you every week (here you can read about great tool for managing your design inspirations). By the end of the week, look at the entire list and ask yourself a few questions:


  • Why did I like this design? Do I like him as much as I did a week ago?
  • What does the color combination look like? How do you like the font?
  • How can I make it better?

Step 2. Be Relevant

The designer guides the development of visual culture, so it is vital to be modern. A fashion website is not an end in itself but avoid outdated solutions. Today they may pass for healthy conservatism, but the world is changing so fast that in six months, your work will look like a dinosaur. We'll have to redo everything.

What will help you stay on trend?

  • Side projects
    If we rely solely on the work provided by the employer, then we limit our growth potential. If you have free time in the evenings and on weekends, try to work out an idea that you like. Side projects are great for a portfolio and showcase original design work without the intervention of the client.
  • Pay attention to the details
    It's easy to mindlessly use apps or go through digital experiences without thinking about them. Often the best design goes unnoticed. As designers, we should celebrate the design decisions made by well-known brands and products.
  • Pass the interview, even if you are happy with the current job
    Interviews with other companies can tell you a lot about your knowledge gaps or what skills are currently in demand. Test tasks can also be a great exercise to flex our creative muscles and solve interesting problems.


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Step 3. Trendspotting

The best definition of trendspotting: I looked at 100 images and realized what I needed.


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Looking at pictures is a job. For a sound designer, viewing profile resources is a daily routine, the same duty as drawing layouts. Hundreds of styles and directions should fit in your head. Here are some sites for inspiration:


  • Dribbble. It's like Twitter for designers. Brevity is the sister of talent. Anyone who can correctly show their design's advantages in a small picture will not be trapped in the entire work presentation. Dribbble has a considerable disadvantage – most of the work is not viable (if we are talking about the design of sites and applications, not about logos and illustrations). This is when the design is done for creation, and aesthetic beauty is put at the forefront and overrides the practical purpose.
  • This site is a kind of social network. It is intended for lovers of creativity. Here you can find many ideas for Internet projects in particular and corporate style in general.
  • The creators of the Internet project Niice call it a "tasteful search engine". There are many different images that users can use on their sites.
  • and This is another platforms where you can find many examples of successful design. Special filters will help you find what you need: you can set a specific type, style, and so on. Each user can ask the developers to add a site that seems worthy to them.

Step 4. Pay Attention to the Color

It would be a good idea to learn a little about the psychology of color, as color plays a vital role in creating emotional connections between your audience and e-learning content. There is only one way to learn how to use color effectively: open your eyes and practice. Experiment with different color palettes, the Adobe color wheel is an excellent tool for determining what works and what doesn't. Also, check how color and contrast work in visual design to help you highlight or darken elements.


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Here are some more services for playing with color:


  • ColorBlender is an easy-to-use tool for creating color palettes for web development. The primary function of this resource is to create a palette of six colors. You select one, and the program sets the other five corresponding colors. This makes it easy and fast to create palettes.
  • ColorHunter is a resource where you can find and create color palettes made from images. To see color palettes on a site, enter a search query in the field at the top of the page. You can search by tags, color hexadecimal code, or link on the image. The image can also be downloaded from a PC.
  • Colorlovers is a severe resource where people not only choose color palettes but also talk about color. Here you can find both seamless textures and ready-made palettes. Also, on this resource, there is a forum where communication is conducted.

Step 5. Get Feedback

Create a feedback chain to speed up your professional growth. To do this, ask your colleagues and other designers to criticize and evaluate your work. Experienced designers, in particular, can point out the shortcomings in the work that you miss. Once you see them, it's much easier to prevent them in the future. There are many intelligent blogs and communities on the Web where people can give you useful comments. Here are some of them:


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In addition, in our FlowMapp blog you can find a lot of useful information, interviews with experienced designers and much more!

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