The New Year is now upon us and with that come resolutions – the promises we endeavour to keep in order to make us better people. Here are five I propose for both myself and fellow designers out there.
1. Create cleaner more structured files
Keeping design documents tidy can sometimes be a nightmare especially when you are rushing for a deadline or you have too many projects on the go at once. In 2012 we should all make an effort to ensure our files are clear and structured.
2. Don’t be afraid to try something new
Sometimes it’s easy for a designer to reuse an icon or a particular style they are comfortable with. This year when you have a new project try something different.
3. Don’t follow trends for the sake of it
It’s easy to get caught up with the latest trends or styles in design. As designers we should make more of an effort to create unique experiences that are right for each individual project we work on.
4. Build relationships outside of social networking
While Twitter and Linked In are great tools for marketing our services we shouldn’t forget that they will never replace real human interaction. This year we should all attend as many meetups and conferences as we can to widen our social circle in the real world.
5. Make time for family and friends
It’s easy to get caught up in projects especially when you are passionate about your work. But never forget that the people around you in your life need time also.
I for one am looking forward to what 2012 will bring and hope it’s a year to remember for both the web and the world.