In today’s age of short attention spans and numerous distractions on every single web page, the most effective tool that businesses can use to differentiate themselves from others is “design.” Smart, sleek and smooth designs are what enable a business to capture the viewer’s attention, get an emotional response from them and, earn a loyal customer in the process. But, the thing about design (and especially, web design) is that it is constantly evolving.

The designs that smart brands are using in their social media campaigns today will be hard to find anywhere in about next 6-7 months. The design is not just always evolving, it is evolving pretty fast. And, if you don’t stay on top of the game, your designs will go stale and your social media and website will start losing visitors.

So, to help you stay on top and ahead of the competition, design experts from different software houses in Islamabad, Pakistan have put together some methods that you can use to improve your design thinking:

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  1. Research

Keeping an eye on the new design trends is probably the most important skill that you will need to stay ahead of the local as well as the global competition. Above that, you also need to keep an eye on some of the biggest brands in the market. That’s because the biggest brands hire the biggest marketing firms for designing.

And last but definitely not the least; you also need to follow top designers on their social media account. Most of them share some genius web design related tips and methods.

  1. Learn, Learn and Learn

Improving your designing skills will not only help the brands or businesses you are working for. In the long run, it will benefit you the most. But, if you want to be a professional designer, you have to study like one.

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That means, free courses, lectures, books, anything that you can fit in your daily routine. Start with the fundamentals like design theory, color theory, etc.

  1. Define the Issue

First and foremost, you will need to find out where your problems lie. The weak areas are exactly where you can improve yourself the most.

If you need help finding out where the problems lie, have a friend/ colleague who wasn’t involved in the designing process take a look and point out some issues they have. You could also try looking at the designs from a customer’s point of view.

  1. Follow Your Interests

Without any interests, it’ll be hard to improve your designing. Ask yourself what kind of designs you like and how can you improve yourself in those fields. If you are serious about improving, there is all types of educational stuff on the internet, from free video lectures to full-fledged college degrees.

  1. Make a list

Of course -7 months are hardly enough to get a college degree in designing; you need a faster/ easier way to improve your design thinking. Well, once you realize all the areas that you want to learn more about (and also the areas you could improve yourself in), make a list and rank those according to their importance in today’s web design trends.

  1. Narrow down the list

It is highly possible that you will end up with a list that is almost impossible to cover in the next 6-7 months. What you need to do is, start from the bottom and remove entries from the list until only those topics remain that you can cover in the next 6 months.

  1. Make the Worst Design Possible

Learning something new and then trying to use that knowledge to build something only a pro could is impossible. What’s important is that you get started.

Start out by building the worst design possible. Once you have that, try improving every single aspect of that design. Review and try again. And remember, it’ll help if you get someone else’s opinion too.