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Staying Relevant with design trends in 2016

Staying relevant with design trends is one of the most difficult yet important things for a graphic designer. It’s a designer’s job to decide which trends are worth following. The technology is rapidly changing, faster than you can say Adobe CC. With such massive change in trends and technology, it is important for a graphic designer to stay creative, fresh and relevant. Here are a few suggestions on staying relevant with the design trends in 2016.

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Print is still alive

Magazines and books are important in the creative process. They still have their own value for a designer. What can really spark the imagination are the physical pages of any book. A beautifully composed book can change the whole creative process towards something great. It is very energizing to turn a few pages of a good book, and go through some colorful designs. Graphic design magazines can also help you learn the latest design trends. You can learn about the graphic design trends in the industry and around the world.

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Networking

Networking has its own benefits whether you are a CEO or a freelance graphic designer. Getting the support of all the creative forces makes a strong identity as a designer. It is the best venue to up your game as a graphic designer. You would be glad to be a part of a network where people share their experiences, what projects they work on and what hurdles they face along the way. You can go over the recent updates with them and discuss how updates can increase the productivity of the work. Meeting new people from the creative industry and networking with them is still one of the best ideas to stay in touch for the relevant design trends.

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Media

All graphic designers spend a lot of time on the web. We are talking about social media and it is the best ways to stay current.  Portfolios, tutorials and case studies are great inspirations for a designer. Subscribe to your favorite designer blogger and ask questions about something that you find interesting. You will be surprised how many people are ready to help you out on media.

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Education

A graphic designer job is all about all the latest advancement and updated plugins. Having a graphic design degree is not relevant. Look for extra education through a local art school. Most small art studios focus on design principles to increase the concept of design awareness. An online course every now and then is also important. Lynda.com and some other platforms provide amazing design tutorials. You can also find a number of how to videos on YouTube.

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Practice

Staying creative means that you need to free yourself of bad ideas and concepts. Even if it’s the third idea that you use for a graphic design, it is good to have a thought process behind it. This process does not only enhance your skills, but also make sure that final result is higher than the original design. Practicing design helps to understand the latest trends and experiment with the old ones to come up with something new. You can only become a trend-setter by having your own style. Being a graphic designer, if you never deign something from your personal inspiration then you can never develop your own style.

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John Copper is the owner and CEO of Logojiffy. He started off the company 4 years ago with a mindset to break the barriers of logo and graphic design. He is also been writing on various logo design article on logo design tips and company brand. You can find him on twitter, G+ and linkedin.

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