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Tips & advice for those getting started within the design industry.

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Network = Net Worth

Make friends. Make connections. Both in and out of your circle.
Not just designer friends to lean on for design advice, but widen the circle and get to know other people across different sectors or different parts of the business.

Most of the time it’s not what you know but who you know.

In other words. Network.

Learn how to speak to people

Following on nicely from networking.

Believe in yourself

In your capabilities. Your skills. Your own self. Back yourself (without being naive).

  • UX Analyst
  • UX Strategist
  • UX Writer
  • UX Designer
  • UX Researcher
  • UI Designer
  • Interaction Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Service Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Content Designer
  • Digital UI
  • 3D
  • Illustrations
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation
  • Flat Design

Put in the work

Regardless of path and craft, work hard at it.

Self educate.

Ask others for advice / help, but don’t wait on them and don’t use that as an excuse.

Persevere

Experience is key. No such thing as a loss. Only lessons.
The only loss is not trying. So when facing an obstacle:

Adapt

You will need to be flexible in your approach. To everything.

Have fun

Whatever you do. We spend a lot of time at work so be sure to have some fun whilst you do it.

Find a mentor

Having a coach or design mentor can help you empower you to learn through other people’s experiences, and push you to the next level in ways you hadn’t thought.

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