Always Keep Learning

Sometimes when we get to a certain level in our development of a skill, we just… stop learning. We stop trying to absorb new information. We stop trying to be better than we were yesterday. We decide that we know enough and sometimes, that even turns into a toxic mentality.

Sometimes, that means we look at new styles and trends and look down our noses at what’s being done by fresh minds with disdain. From a creative standpoint, and arguably across the board of life experiences, this is NOT a good thing.

This causes your designs to become stale and dated. When you cling to what worked for you in the past and hold it up as the perfect standard, the rest of the industry WILL pass you by.

The philosopher Socrates once said, “The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and I am not quite sure that I know that.” and that is a very healthy mentality to have, I’ve found. It means that you can ALWAYS learn more. And as a graphic designer, this means keeping up with trends in style, typography, color theory, and ever-evolving technology.

Every time Photoshop updates, it means a bit of a search to see what’s new that I can use to my benefit. What tool might make masking out hair or editing out acne, as an example? New ways to implement things like making vector art in non-vector software or better type management. There’s always something new to add to the proverbial arsenal of a graphic designer.

Of course, this is applicable to pretty much anything and everything in your life. We all can always learn more. Practice harder. Seek out knowledge from somewhere new. Expand your horizons with a new skill or hobby. It all works to make everything you do a little better. And, on a personal level, will probably make you just that much happier. Visual arts, writing, music, science, math, programming, dancing. It all helps add to the picture that is you and enriches your life as it is and as it could be.

As a creative, you can’t know it all. The best you can do is collect an awful lot of good skills and knowledge right up until the end. If you think you DO know it all on any subject, you’re wrong and that attitude likely means you know even less than you think you do.

Always keep learning.