Join Kristin Ellison for an in-depth discussion in this video Bringing your ideas to the next level, part of Getting Started in Graphic Design.
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An animator who is well known for his work at Disney once said, we all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better. This could be applied to pretty much anything you're trying to learn. Continued practice and exploration is what ultimately results in mastering a skill. The challenge with learning a complex skill like design is that there are so many moving parts and possibilities, so it could be difficult to know what to focus on. You may be new to design and looking to get a better handle on typography, or perhaps you want to focus on a type of design, such as logos or poster design.
Maybe you're a seasoned designer looking to learn the latest software tips and tricks from the masters. The best way to move your skill set forward is to practice, so we've put together a wide collection of project courses where you can practice while you learn. Many of the courses come with elements used in the feature project, so you can download everything you need and follow along step by step. That said, some members choose to apply the concepts being taught to their own designs. Both are great ways to learn. We also have a number of weekly series where a single technique is covered in one movie.
This will give you a quick dose of inspiration and learning when you may not have enough time to get into a larger project course. It's also a great way to kick-start your creativity when you're having one of those blank canvas moments. What I like is that the tips and tricks are really varied, so you never know what cool new thing may be featured and how that might influence the work you're currently doing. You'll also notice challenge and solution movies in some of our courses. This is where you can test out what you've just learned. Regardless of where you're at in your design education, there will always be something new to learn.
Take it from the pros. Never stop practicing, because they certainly don't.
To help you get started, Kristin curated a playlist of courses covering just the foundational elements of design. View and subscribe to the playlist here.