​5 Skills you need for a successful career in Digital Design

A career in Digital design means the possibility of a wide range of careers. One thing is for sure, you aretechnically apt and have a great ability to be visually inventive and push boundaries, but what will really ensure your success is the skills you’ve had and learned all your life.

Let us surprise you how you can really succeed in this ever-expanding industry.  Beginning your career with the right approach might do a world of difference to your career path.

If you’re thinking of moving into a career in Digital Design, here are some of the skills you will need. Don’t worry if you feel some of these are not you right now, as they are skills we develop on throughout our Digital Design course, along with the necessary tools and techniques to make it in the industry. 

Creative Ability 

Being creative is not just skill, it’s a confidence thing! Being imaginative, think outside the box and make your ideas known. Creativity in design is about taking a clients brief and using originality to turn a simple idea into the perfect design.

Since Digital Design is a field that is constantly changing, and new innovative ideas are always coming to light, staying on top of the latest trends and new technology is a must. Take time to learn the new tools, read design articles and find out what competitors are doing. 

Be a Thinker

Organisation is a key skill that is important in everyday life. Planning in advance has numerous benefits, especially if, as a freelance designer, you are involved in many different projects. Thinking about the issues that may arise and how to solve them is also another key organisational skill to make sure projects run smoothly and efficiently. Here are some key tips to staying organised… http://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/news/the-best-ways-to-stay-organised

Business and communication skills 

Communication is Key. Strong communication skills are important in many different careers, but are especially important in the success of your career as a designer. Whether working with clients or for a company, you will need to be able to speak plainly about your design choices to describe your thought process. Staying calm in stressful situations (and with stressful clients), collectively addressing problems and coming to a solution with the client is the best example of really strong communication skills. 

Great business and communication skills can also be the difference between landing a client or a competitor landing that client. If you can communicate your ambitions for the project in a convincing and business-like manor, you are more likely to end up working with them, and perhaps being referred to other potential clients further down the line. Learn to sell yourself. Part of being a great freelance designer is having the business sense to learn and adapt as your business grows.

Be a Team Player 

Have thick skin and take criticisms positively. It doesn’t matter how hard you worked on a design, if the client doesn’t like it, don’t take it too personally. Take their comments and use it to better your work. They aren’t criticizing you specifically; they’re expressing an opinion about a medium that is largely subjective. Learn to take their feedback to tailor your work. 

Keep an Updated Portfolio 

This goes without saying. Nothing is more painful than having to collate your work over years into a portfolio. Keep this up to date and document everything. Make your design portfolio stand out by following these simple steps… 

Having a strong portfolio also goes hand in hand with the ability to network. Award winning Senior Designer, Art Director, Blogger, CreativeLive.com Instructor and Author of the internationally acclaimed book 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed' Ram Castillo came to talk to our Design students about the best ways to get a job in the creative industry. Have a look at his top tips here. 

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