Stages of development of a web designer and reaction to criticism at work
Just as a singer cannot exist without listeners, so a designer cannot exist without a spectator. And this viewer, of course, has the right to his opinion on the evaluation of works. Of course, the viewer’s opinion is sometimes definitely worth listening to. Although the most important opinion is the opinion of the customer, experience is needed to work with them. And in order to find it, you must first practice well – draw layouts of sites, logos, etc. And who will criticize in this case? That’s right, other designers and ordinary users visiting forums and communities on this topic.
web designer Depending on the task, the audience of the resource on which you publish the results of your work, the reviews will be different. Some will consider you the geniuses of Photoshop’a and computer graphics, although you have opened Photoshop twice in your life. And others ruthlessly criticize the work, finding fault with every little thing. On this basis, misunderstanding between the author and the critic is often born. To begin with, in order to avoid misunderstandings, ask yourself – who are you and what do you want to achieve by doing this or that type of computer graphics? Lover Professional? An amateur working to become a professional in the future and take up orders? Let’s understand
Amateur (newbie) amateur – a person who does not own special techniques, does not follow the trends of web design or other types of graphics. Uses photoshop to create his own homepage, add a frame to your favorite photo or something else like that. He does not experience difficulties due to lack of knowledge. If you belong to this category and you are upset by severe criticism – do not be sad. Pay attention only to the most serious errors, for example, the presence of a 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 family, many professionals will not understand (although you should be careful with this, often friends and relatives simply will not want to upset you).
A professional is a person for whom computer graphics is work, works with customers, has a good imagination and sense of taste. He usually does not need to criticize colleagues and visitors, as he suffers from criticism of his clients. Often, customers 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 lower the pay. Therefore, the designer must not only learn to do the work well, but also be able to protect them – to convince himself that he is right, to tell in detail what he was guided by when creating and justify any chosen solution. With the increase in the number of customers, particularly hard-handed can be sent to their competing colleagues.
Novice Specialist. A person who does not yet have enough experience, but who wants to become a good professional and continue to earn money in the chosen direction. In this regard, it is necessary to work long and hard, listening to feedback about your work and draw the appropriate conclusions. However, it should be remembered that how many people – so many opinions, so recklessly trust and listen to everyone is not worth it. Also, one should not forget about such a paradox. The work provoking the indignation and snort of professionals may well please most inexperienced users. Well, one of the most key points is not to forget about competition. Customers are looking for designers not only on the respective exchanges, but also on the forums. In this regard, many designers practice the tactic of pouring mud on everyone except themselves, supposedly demonstrating a high level of professionalism.
That’s all, successful development to you, dear readers! The author of the post is Customizer.
Thanks to Customizer for the post, there is something to ponder. Of course, only one who does nothing is not mistaken, criticism in web design or any other creative business is a completely normal thing. But you need to take it calmly and distinguish its essence, if I may say so. As it was correctly said in the article, relatives, competitors or customers can criticize you in completely different ways – your close friends may be too “loyal” in their comments, and your competitor colleagues, on the contrary, “to smash it to pieces.” But after all, both of them, in fact, do not solve anything in the work – the main thing is that the customer likes 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% thoroughly objective assessment of your creativity. From here, the meaning of the phrase becomes absolutely clear, that you must always listen to the opinions of others, but always have your own. If you are overly blissful to yourself and stick to the thoughts “well, it’s okay,” and “it could be better, but nothing too,” then you are unlikely to grow as a web designer or in any other professional field.