Time to reflect
Last week, I wrote an article about how I optimised my logo design process, where I reflected on my journey as a young, introverted designer who had trouble communicating ideas and was terrified when interacting with clients.
Back then, my confidence as a designer was around 10%. Today, I'm confident in my ideas, my process, and my ability to communicate with clients – I'd give my design confidence 80% (there’s always room for improvement!).
It's easy to become so focused on where you want to be, that you forget to reflect on the progress you've already made. Even if you've just recently started out as a designer, I bet you can look back and see how much you've improved already.
So why not take a few minutes now, to reflect on how far you've come?
Refine your logo quickly with Split Screen
When you're working on refining your logo in Illustrator, most likely you zoom in to make little tweaks and then zoom out to see how it looks overall. Did you know there’s a quicker way?
Try using the 'Split Screen' feature in Illustrator. Here's how:
- Go to 'Window' > 'New Window' to open a new window with the same artwork.
- Then, go to 'Window' > 'Arrange’ > ‘Tile' to display both windows side by side.
Now you’ll be able to see the same artwork at two different zoom levels. Any tweaks you make to your logo in one window will be reflected in the other, removing the need for unnecessary zooming back and forth.
You're smarter than you think
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
– Christopher Robin to Pooh (A.A. Milne)
Whenever you find yourself doubting your work and abilities as a designer, remember the truth in this quote – you are capable of much more than you give yourself credit for. What you need to get through any obstacle is already within you :).