Without any doubt designing is a vast field. There is a lot of scope to learn in designing and because of the ongoing developments in the designing field; the horizons of designing are broadening. If you are a freelance designer, you need to have a good knowledge of everything associated with designing. However, defining your specialty is also very important. You might be good at everything but you need to be excellent at a few of them at least. Having a large number of skills is a great way to market yourself in clients but if you wonâ€™t mention your specialties you will end up confusing your clients as well. So, in order to excel in the field of designing, learn everything but be a perfectionist at a few specific areas which you would be known for in future.
As a designer you need to understand a few things. Once you will enter in the professional world, you will have to determine who your target audience is. If you are not sure of your best skills, how would you be able to convince a client? Now, you can either identify your own specialty by realizing what you are good at or you can work on learning a skill that you think you might be good at or it maybe of your interest. You want to update and print business cards with information on what areas you are specializing in.
As mentioned earlier, designing is such a vast field that it can leave designers confused. There are designers making calendars, flyers, brochures, postcards, business cards, posters, booklets etc only and there are some designers who design for printing purposes only. Therefore, while you are at work, analyze what you love doing or something you are really good at and adopt it as your specialty. If you are unable to find any area, then chances are that you are already working on your specialty and you just have to realize it.
The beginning of any procedure is in your mind so if you want to determine your specialty, start thinking. The problem with entering such huge fields is that you end up asking yourself a few questions in which the most important one would be what do you really want from your professional life. You should ask yourself this question while keeping in mind all the current projects you are working on. Also, this question is very important in order to understand where you want to see yourself in next 5-10 years.
I donâ€™t mean to scare you off but the vastness of designing industry can leave you confused. There are so many new changes in the industry everyday that the answer to the question â€˜what do I want to doâ€™ will have a new answer everyday. For some people, this thing can be very exciting as they would love to take new challenges however, constant change in professional field can be really annoying. You adjust with one thing and the next thing you know is that you will have to change it. Annoying right?
This constant thinking can make you go crazy so the best you can do is write down whatever is in your head. All you need to do is get your ideas out of your head so that you can start working on them instead of thinking all the time. Once you have your thoughts written down, you can even exchange notes with colleagues to help you out with your confusion. Always remember that there is nothing right or wrong in this world. It is a matter of perception. A certain field of designing will leave you exhausted but at the same time same field would be really exciting for some other designer. So instead of finding what is right and wrong, focus on what is liked by you and what you are good at. A simple answer to these questions will give you a path in designing industry.
If you are still confused, how about doing some practical work? we learn a lot from our experiences in our daily life. Same goes for our professional life because if we will not try something how will we know if it is out cup of tea or not. If you want to know what your specialty is, work on some projects of your own. Do not experiment on clientâ€™s project. Design your own website and see which part you enjoyed the most while working on it. This is a great way to test your skills to.
Experimenting is great but not on the cost of your clientâ€™s money. If you want to learn something, do a bit of research on it before. Internet can provide you with a solution of almost everything. So, find some online tutorials and follow them. You must have heard the popular phrase â€˜practice makes a man perfectâ€™ so while you are learning something new, work on it again and again to gain perfection.
Remember at the end of the day you are working hard so that you can pay your bills. You need to find a specialty that will help you in paying your bills. Also, you need to find clients that you enjoy working with. If you are surrounded with a bunch of people you donâ€™t like, you will feel very de-motivated. Define a target market and work with so that you can really enjoy working and at the same time you will be able to pay your bills too.
Specialty with a signature style
If you have defined a specialty for yourself, then make sure that it really looks like yours. It is very important for every designer to bring a special touch in his projects. It could be anything for instance; it could be something in the layout of the website or an added service that you offer to all clients. To be precise, the project should have something special in itself so that people can get to know the designer on their own.
Once you are done with a project that is so good that it makes you proud, you need to tell it to people as well. If you are not working hard to reach out to your target audience, you are putting your designing skills to a waste. Initially, you will have to tell people that you are a great designer and later on people will be telling you the same thing. Remember your design should have crafted fingerprints of yours so that people can easily differentiate you from other designers. However, as fingerprints change with the passage of time, you can also make changes in your crafted fingerprints to make them better and more relevant to you.
Professional life can lead us to a lot of confusions. Instead of letting them get a grip on us, we should find a solution to those confusions. Designing industry will have so much to offer you that it may lead you to a confusing path but a good designer should always come out victorious from that path and it can only be done by finding your specialty in the field and by mastering it as well. You should be confident enough to tell your clients what you are good at and never ever let your client down. Defining your specialty can be hard but not something impossible so find your best skill and working improving it so that you can be known for it.