10 Keys to Growth as a Designer

by Steven Snell
on December 30, 2009

in Business/Freelance

One of the most significant challenges that designers face is the need for continual improvement and development. The industry and technology can change very quickly and staying on top of things and working to improve your skills is necessary in order to have a successful career in web design. Fortunately, learning and improving will naturally occur to some degree as you continue to work on different projects and in different scenarios, but there will be times when you will have to make an effort to work on your own development.

In this post we’ll look at 10 keys to growth as a designer. This list and discussion should serve as a reference or guide for any designer that wants to improve. Focus on these areas and you will become a better designer. Please share your own thoughts and experiences in the comments.

1. Solid Foundation of Knowledge

There are plenty of different things for aspiring and improving designers to learn, and more than enough resources and tutorials to make it happen. One of the temptations is to jump ahead and try to learn too many specifics before having a firm grasp on the essential fundamentals of web design. Some tools, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, can lead designers to think that they don’t need to be proficient in HTML and CSS. However, having a solid knowledge of HTML and CSS, plus basic design principles, is necessary and trying to learn too many other things at once can lead to confusion. If you have not already reached this point, make it a priority to attain the foundational knowledge first before you try to build on it.

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250+ Floral Photoshop Brushes

by Steven Snell
on December 29, 2009

in Resources

From time-to-time we publish collections of specific styles of Photoshop brushes. One of our most popular collections features floral brushes and it’s now over a year old. Since the time that post was published many new brush sets have been released and we’ve come across some other good sets that weren’t included in that post. Here we’ll present a follow up with more than 250 brushes from 19 different packs.

Grunge and Smooth Floral Brushes (66 brushes)

Grunge and Smooth Floral Brushes

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35 of the Best Icon Sets for Web Designers

by Steven Snell
on December 28, 2009

in Resources

Having the right icons can help to make a web design look much more professional and complete. Fortunately, there are some excellent free icon sets available that offer very high quality icons. In this post we’ll feature 35 sets that every web designer should be aware of. Keep these icon sets handy and they will meet your needs for most projects.

Our gallery site Icon Fever was launched to help designers find the icons that they need. To find more icons, please visit Icon Fever.

Flavour Extended

Flavour Extended

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