Stages of development of a web designer and reaction to criticism in work
As a singer cannot exist without listeners, so a designer cannot exist without a spectator. And this viewer, of course, is entitled to his opinion on the evaluation of the work. Of course, the opinion of the viewer is sometimes definitely worth listening to. Although the most important opinion is that of the customer, but to work with them, experience is needed. And in order to gain it, you must first practice well – to draw layouts of websites, logos, etc. And who will criticize in this case? That’s right, other designers and ordinary users visiting forums and communities on this topic.
Depending on the task, the audience of the resource where you publish the results of your work, the reviews will be different. Some will take you to be the geniuses of Photoshop’s and computer graphics, although at the same time you’ve opened Photoshop twice in your life. And others ruthlessly criticize the work, finding fault with every little thing. On this basis, misunderstanding is often born between the author and the critic. To begin with, to avoid misunderstandings, ask yourself – who are you and what do you want to achieve by doing this or that kind of computer graphics? Lover Professional? An amateur working to become a professional in the future and take on orders? Let’s understand
An amateur (novice) amateur is a person who does not own special techniques, who does not follow the trends of web design or other types of graphics. It uses Photoshop to create your own homepage, add a frame to your favorite photo or something else in this spirit. Difficulties from lack of knowledge is not experiencing. If you fall into this category and you are saddened by harsh criticism – do not be sad. Pay attention only to the worst mistakes, for example, the presence of bright red color on the same bright background. Eliminate them and continue to do what you love. It’s better to show your work to friends and relatives, many professionals will not understand (although you should be more careful with this, often friends and relatives simply do not want to upset you).
A professional is a person for whom computer graphics is a job, works with customers, has a good imagination and a sense of taste. In criticism of colleagues and visitors usually does not need, because it lacks criticism of its customers. Often, clients are not strong in art and have a bad taste, but at the same time they try to prove to the designer that he does not understand anything and thus try to reduce the payment. Therefore, the designer must not only learn how to do the work well, but also be able to protect them — convincing that he was right, tell in detail what he was guided by in creating and justifying any chosen solution. With the increase in the number of customers especially hard-faced can be sent to their counterparts.
Beginner Specialist. A person who does not yet have enough experience, but who aspires to become a good professional and to continue earning work in the chosen direction. In this regard, it is necessary to work long and hard, listening to reviews about your work and draw appropriate conclusions. However, it should be remembered that how many people – so many opinions, so foolishly trust and listen to everyone is not worth it. Also, do not forget about this paradox. The work that provokes the indignation and sniffing of professionals may well be enjoyed by most inexperienced users. Well, one of the most crucial moments is not to forget about the competition. Customers are looking for designers not only on the relevant exchanges, but also on the forums. In this regard, many designers practice the tactics of shedding mud on everyone but themselves, ostensibly while demonstrating a high level of professionalism.
Thanks to Customizer for the post, there is something to think about. Of course, only he who does nothing is not mistaken; criticism in web design or any other creative endeavor is a completely normal thing. But you need to treat it calmly and distinguish its essence, if I may say so. As it was rightly said in the article, relatives, competitors or customers can criticize you completely differently – your close acquaintances may be too “loyal” in their remarks, and competing colleagues, on the contrary, “blow apart.” But after all, both of them, in fact, do not solve anything in the work – the main thing is that the customer should like everything.
That is why I personally believe that you yourself should be the main critic. None of these three categories of users will be able to give a 100% objective assessment of your creativity. From here it becomes completely clear the meaning of the phrase that you must listen to the opinions of others, but always have your own. If you are excessively self-indulgent and adhere to the thoughts of “a, ok, and it will do”, “it could be better, but nothing,” you can hardly grow as a web designer or in any other professional field.