12 Traits of a Seriously Creative Graphic Designer

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Some believe that creative geniuses are born, while others believe that creativity is a learned behavior. Your attitude and the way you see things are two aspects that contribute to what makes you creative. You’ll come across many bad habits of graphic designers as well but you should only embrace these good qualities I’m about to share.

Creative graphic designers are known for their ability to adapt to all kind of situations and not allowing criticism to render them short. They have a multitude of qualities that many lack.

Blog Update: 27 July 2015

Here are twelve traits of seriously creative graphic designers:

1. Highly Motivated

 

Creative graphic designers are motivated by the task at hand rather than by material rewards. They find motivation in the challenge that a task presents rather than allowing the material benefits to dictate what they do.

2. Very Imaginative

 

They stand out from the crowd. While others follow the latest trends and find inspiration in other people’s work, the creative graphic designers find inspiration in everyday things and themselves.

3. Brutally Honest

 

Self criticism is a quality many people fail to find a balance in. They either end up being too critical of themselves or become over confident about being the best. Being brutally honest with oneself requires asking the right questions throughout the creative design process. This is one of the leading traits of successful designers.

4. Truly Passionate

 

Passion tends to be the main driving force behind creativity. You have to love what you do in order to do it well. Unless you are passionate about what you do, you will not be able to completely focus on the task at hand and soon get tired of it.

5. Adore Challenges

 

Creative graphic designers do not shy away from challenges. They let their curiosity get the best of them, allowing them to ask questions and discover things most of us overlook. This curiosity gets them intrigued by challenges and they are able to tackle them head on.

6. Manage Time

 

Time management can become a challenge for many graphic designers who take on multiple projects and fail to deliver on time, leading to a lack in creativity. A good graphic designer would assess his/her current workload and is realistic in his approach towards work so every project s/he takes can be given its due time.

7. Find a Balance

 

Creative designers know how to strike a balance between being play and organized. They know how to be fun enough to experiment with various concepts and serious enough to implement them professionally. They combine the carefree fantasy with the right amount of realty based perspective.

8. Good Communicator

 

Being a good communicator plays a major role in the success of any designer. Prompt interaction with the client and keeping them in the loop regarding the developments and new ideas is critical to a project’s success. Doing so will help strengthen your designer-client relationship.

9. Professional Attitude

 

Good graphic designers know that there is a fine line between being confident and being arrogant. They don’t let their confidence get the best of them and are open to suggestions and ideas given by the client.

10. Can Take Criticism

 

Criticism is just another person’s opinion. Learn to take criticism positively as it will help you grow and understand things better. Successful graphic designers know how to accept criticism and understand that it is part of the learning process, not to be taken personally.

11. Keep Learning

 

Designing is a lifelong process. It is not something you can learn in a few months or a couple of years. As the graphic design industry continues to evolve, only the ones who keep up with the developments can stay ahead in the game. The minute you stop learning is the minute you sign yourself up for failure.

12. Push their Limits

 

Pushing your boundaries, thinking outside the box and allowing yourself to experiment is all part of the learning experience as a creative graphic designer.

All these traits are part of a successful graphic designer’s personality and play an imperative role in transforming an individual into a designer extraordinaire. Can you think of any other trait a winning graphic designer might have? Be sure to drop in a line. We love to know your opinion!

*This post was originally written by Alexis Stone.

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Mehreen is a social media buff and design blogger, who keeps a keen eye on graphic design trends. She has a passion for experimenting with design ideas, and wouldn’t mind if it means going out of her way to find them in Timbuktu. Follow her on twitter for daily inspirations and findings.

13 thoughts on “12 Traits of a Seriously Creative Graphic Designer

  1. I love these because I know they will help me. Yes they will!
    To the person in charge and/or the writer of this post in case He/She is a Graphic Designer. Please I really need your help the more, I think I am most blessed to have find this page today. I hope to read your reply soon then you will know well how you can help me to be a professional designer.
    Thanks in anticipation.

  2. I’m really impressed. Now i can find my mistakes that is weakness and how to build/develop them to actualize strength.
    Thanks.

  3. well am highly motivated by this post thank u really help me. i thout i can never design again but u motivate me thank u.

  4. For a creative graphics designer its needed to be imaginative as well as skilled enough to execute that imagination! Thank you for pointing out the things which everyone should to be aware of.

  5. Decent article! everything is explained in details; it is very useful who are going to be graphic designers. Attractive design is the first thing for getting success in business. So, good designers should learn good things for their profession.

  6. Very advantageous article I must say. Before becoming a graphic designer, one must have to know all these traits. This article is surely going to help people with their graphic design skills.

  7. I couldn’t agree more with what you said about how great graphic artists find a way to stand out among his peers. If I were a startup company, I will definitely do what it takes to make my branding different enough to be easily remembered. A graphic artist can definitely take tasks as simple as a label layout design seriously to produce truly unique output for my brand.

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