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6 Tips to Level Up Your Design Skills (and Your Income) - part 1 of 1 2 3 4 5 6

by Khara Plicanic Published 10/10/2017

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1.Acknowledge Your Skill Gaps
Before you can effectively do anything else, you have to accept that there are some things you don’t know. No matter who you are, or what your skill level, there’s always more to learn. Anyone can add ‘designer’ to the job title on their business card, but more rare (and valuable) is the person who actually earns it.

This doesn’t mean you have to go back to school and spend years earning a design-centric degree, but it does mean that you should evaluate your knowlege base and seek out information to fill in the weak spots. Maybe you’re great at working with colour, but you struggle with typography and have a hard time telling a serif font from a sans-serif one. The more knowledge gap areas that you can fill in, the more success and value you can bring to your work.


In today’s era of digital arts and technology, it’s easier than ever to expand your products and services, adding value for your clients while differentiating yourself from competitors. Whether you’re thinking of offering in-house album design, save-the-date announcements, wedding invitations, or even just overhauling your own logo design and brand identity, you can boost your effectiveness by sharpening your skill set. Maybe you’ve never studied design before. Or maybe you already have extensive experience. In either case – there’s always room for growth. Here’s six tips to up your game.


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