Stages of development of a web designer and reaction to criticism at work

This guest post was written by the author of a blog about computer graphics and web design under the nickname Customizer.

Just as a singer cannot exist without an audience, so a designer cannot exist without a spectator. And this viewer, of course, has the right to his opinion about the evaluation of the work. Of course, the opinion of the viewer is sometimes definitely worth listening to. Although the most important opinion is the opinion of the customer, it takes experience to work with them. And in order to find it, you first need to 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.

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 geniuses of Photoshop and computer graphics, although you have opened Photoshop twice in your life. Others will ruthlessly criticize the work, finding fault with every little thing. On this basis, misunderstandings are often born between the author and the critic. To begin with, in order to avoid misunderstandings, ask yourself – who are you and what do you want to achieve, doing this or that type of computer graphics? Lover? Professional? An amateur working to become a professional and take orders in the future? Let’s figure it out

Amateur (beginner) -amateur – a person who does not own special techniques, does not follow trends in web design or other types of graphics. Uses photoshop to create his home page, add a frame to a favorite photo, or whatever. Does not experience difficulties from lack of knowledge. If you belong to this category and you are saddened by harsh criticism, do not be sad. Pay attention only to the most serious mistakes, for example, the presence of a bright red color against the same bright background. Eliminate them and continue doing what you love. It is better to show your work to friends and family, many professionals will not understand (although you should be more careful with this, often friends and family simply do not want to upset you).

Professional – a person for whom computer graphics is a job, works with customers, has a good imagination and a sense of taste. Usually he does not need criticism from colleagues and visitors, since he has enough criticism from his clients. Often, clients are not good at art and have 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 – to convince him that he was right, to tell in detail what he was guided by when creating and to justify any chosen decision. With an increase in the number of customers, especially hard-headed ones can be sent to their fellow competitors.

Novice specialist… A person who does not yet have a sufficient amount of experience, but who strives to become a good professional and in the future earn money at work in the chosen direction. In this regard, you need to work long and hard, listening to feedback about your work and drawing appropriate conclusions. However, it should be remembered that how many people – so many opinions, so recklessly trusting and listening to everyone is not worth it. Also, one should not forget about this paradox. The work that provokes the outrage and snort of professionals may well please the majority of inexperienced users. Well, one of the most key points – don’t forget about 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 throwing mud at everyone except themselves, ostensibly demonstrating a high level of professionalism.

That’s all, successful development for you, dear readers! The author of the post is Customizer.

Thanks to Customizer for the post, there is something to think about. Of course, only the one who does nothing is not wrong, criticism in web design or any other creative endeavor is a completely normal thing. But you need to treat it calmly and discern its essence, so to speak. As it was rightly said in the article, relatives, competitors or customers may criticize you in completely different ways – your close acquaintances may be too “loyal” in their comments, and fellow competitors, on the contrary, “smash to smithereens”. But both of them, in fact, do not solve anything in the work – the main thing is that the customer likes everything.

This is why I personally believe that you should be the main critic… None of these three categories of users will be able to give a 100% objective assessment of your work. From here it becomes completely clear the meaning of the phrase, that you must definitely listen to the opinions of others, but always have your own. If you are overly indulgent to yourself and stick to the thoughts “okay, this will do,” “it could be better, but that’s fine too,” you will hardly be able to grow as a web designer or in any other professional field.

It would be interesting to hear your opinion about criticism, its place in the work of a designer and how you can perceive it painlessly 🙂

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