If there are one thing designers share in common, it’s a lack of confidence. Many designers refuse to show their design because they’re afraid of what people might think about it. It’s not about their ego or they are too proud, but they have lack of confidence. Here are few steps to boost your design confidence.
Well, you can’t live like that forever, do you? One important thing designers should have is the ability to connect with great and potential clients. If you shy, many clients will think that you are unprofessional, no matter how good your design is. They might think that you’re not worthy enough to work on their project. Make sure you already know how to kick creator’s block because this steps won’t have any effects if you don’t know!
Let’s start with it, shall we?
Step 1. Know your strengths and weaknesses
Lack of confidence usually starts when you’re too focused on things you can’t do. Well, every designer has their specialty. Some are expert in typography, the rest are not. There is no one who masters it all.
Defeat this by writing down the things you’re good at, and things you need to improve. Once you realize how strong you are in those areas, it’s easier to build your confidence. Just make sure you don’t put aside the areas you’re not good at.
Step 2. Stop comparing
Having a role model is good. But, never compare yourself to them. You and your role-model are a completely different person with different backgrounds and problems and so on. What makes you think you should be LIKE them? You might think they are the best now, but remember there are times that they are beginners, just like you.
Remember that you are your own person. You can’t keep comparing yourself to others and expect to get great results. You can adapt their best practices, and find inspiration in the work that they do.
Step 3. Get feedback
Have a masterpiece design? Show it off! A lot of people are avoiding feedback because of they afraid of what people might say. But the truth is, other’s feedback is the one that pushes you up to be better!
Negative feedback? Take this constructively. Stop feeling bad about every bad comment you receive, because whether you admit it or not, your work has its own share of imperfections. Positive feedback? Here you go. Sometimes it needs one sentence to boost your confidence.
Step 4. Never stop practicing
You feel like you have put your everything into your design, but the output is not like you imagine. Well, don’t stop practicing! You have to keep it going. The more work you produce, the more mistakes you’ll make, and hopefully, the more lessons you’ll learn
Step 5. Trust your design process
You did your research, you put everything into it. Now let you trust it. Trust the way you work. No matter how effective your design process may be, if you don’t trust it with your whole heart, then nothing good will come out of it. Start trusting your design process a bit more so that you can gain confidence not only in your output but in yourself as well.