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Developing your design confidence

Maybe you’re just starting out in web design, or maybe you’re beginning to work more and more in design from a complementary field just as web development or search engine optimisation. Or maybe you just don’t have a lot of confidence in your design skills generally as a result of years of dealing with difficult clients.

Whatever situation you’re in, lacking confidence in your design skills leaves you feeling pretty miserable. What’s worse is that not only is it completely unjustified in the vast majority of cases, but it can also affect your pitches and the amount of work you get. So here are some ways you can cheer yourself up and develop or re-find that much-needed confidence.

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Look back at your best work

Even if you’re struggling with a design at the moment, looking back at your favourite pieces is a quick and easy way to remind yourself what you can achieve. Looking at testimonials or positive emails from past clients can also help to lift your mood quickly.

Visit Clients from Hell

Clientsfromhell.net is the perfect way to groan and laugh at some of the demands made on the design industry. You’re not alone, and it’s not you. CFH is great for reading about some of the craziest and most unbelievable clients out there.

Revisit the areas you’re less comfortable with

On occasion it can be a technical issue that’s grinding you down. If so, check video tutorials, ask on a forum, talk to a friend and you’ll get it figured out. It may seem frustrating or impossible, but there’s always a workaround and some techniques or implementations simply require a bit of practice.

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Take a break

Looking at the same design for hours can be really stressful, especially if you’re rushing to meet a deadline. Take twenty minutes out to get some fresh air or grab a nap – anything to get you away from the screen – so you can come back feeling refreshed.

Spend more time working on your own projects and designs

Sometimes it helps to get away from the corporate client projects and work on something for yourself, that makes you happy and helps you remember why you love design. It doesn’t have to be a full-n site; sometimes a single image is all it takes to rediscover your mojo and gain confidence. Even though many web designers are their own worst critic, getting to grips with a small project you enjoy and not having anyone else’s input or opinion can make all the difference to your morale in general.

Spend less time looking…

…at what other designers are doing and envying them; everyone has a different style. There’s no point comparing, and there will be someone out there wishing they could design like you just as you’re wishing the same thing about someone else!

What are your tips for developing web design confidence? Let us know in the comments!

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