Learning new skills (like art direction and graphic design)

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Embarking on a journey to learn a new skill set can be both exciting and challenging. For many, the world of brand art and graphic design is a tantalizing frontier, promising boundless opportunities for creativity and self-expression. In this blog post, I'll share my personal experience and insights on how to get motivated to learn a new skill set.

  1. Define your purpose: Before delving into art and graphic design, take a moment to reflect on why you want to acquire this skill. Having a clear initial purpose will fuel your motivation and guide your learning journey. If the goal is "have a cute Instagram" - well, that's a great goal and extremely important. If the goal evolves over time that's ok, but jot down a couple short term goals in advance and stay focused on those and you won't get overwhelmed. For example, "do brand guidelines and make 3 templates for my brand." 
  2. Set realistic goals: Break down the process of learning graphic design into manageable steps. Set achievable short-term and long-term goals to measure your progress. This will prevent overwhelm and give you a sense of accomplishment as you check off each milestone. See above.

  3. Seek inspiration: Pinterest, Pinterest! Explore the world of graphic design to ignite your creative spark. Witnessing the possibilities of graphic design can be a powerful motivator, and so is training your Pinterest algorithm. I'd venture to say that my decade-long refined Pinterest algorithm has brought me more success over the years than a number of expensive courses.

  4. Embrace the learning curve: Understand that acquiring a new skill takes time and effort. Embrace the learning curve, and don't be discouraged by initial challenges. Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process, and each one brings valuable lessons that contribute to your growth as a graphic designer. I can't tell you how times I've looked back and winced, but you gotta just keep swimming, like a shark. I've also cried during an AfterEffects class.

  5. Apply your knowledge: The best way to solidify your understanding of graphic design is to apply your knowledge. Work on real projects, even if they are small, and experiment with different design elements. Practical application not only reinforces learning but also boosts your confidence.

  6. Celebrate achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Recognizing your progress will motivate you to continue learning and refining your skills. Take pride in each step forward, and use those achievements as stepping stones to even greater heights. Literally you are creating something out of nothing. That's alchemy! That's magic!

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