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Best Advise for Junior Designers by Industry Leaders

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Best Advise for Junior Designers by Industry Leaders

You are not your design, so try not to be to precious. Feedback is a gift and every project is an oportunity to learn. Good designers hope to be proved right, great designers want to be proved wrong.-Andy Budd

As a designer, we focus entirely too much on the craft and not enough on the business of running a business which includes: sales, marketing, negotiations, management and communication. Moreover, it's really important to apply the creative thinking to solving a business problem.-Chris Do

You are not where you went to school or where you work. Take the time to understand your creative process and what makes your work and perspective unique.-Stephen Gates

Well, it is going to take a while. You have to find a company that is interested in junior designers. Lots of companies aren't they just don't have the resources for them. It's because junior designers need more education. Most junior designers right out of school are not quite prepared to do work, they don't have the skills yet. So the big thing when you are a junior designer is talking about how much you learned.-Jared Spool

In the beginning, just focus on improving your craft and execution skills. This means that you should be able to design clear, interactive flows that also look visually attractive. My strong opinion here is that you need to be good at both interaction design and visual design. If you can only do one, you're at a disadvantage. Asa product designer, you want to paint an inspiring vision of the possible future of your product. The hottest aesthetics can't overcome a UI that's confusing and let's be honest - nobody gets excited looking at a bunch of wireframes.
So when you are just getting started, just focus on sharpening these foundational skills. Develop your eye for what good visuals looks like. Get familiar with what makes things confusing. Know how to quickly put together a high-fidelity prototype. If you can get to the point where everything you make looks great and makes sense, you will not have trouble landing a design job.- Julie Zhuo

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