How to develop an eye for great design

In order to develop our design skills, it's important that we develop an eye for great design. Here's how.

No designer becomes great working in a silo.

In order to develop our design skills, it’s important that we develop an eye for great design.

You need to look at a lot of examples to spot the ok, from the good and the great.

You need to identify why something works, and why something doesn’t.

The only way to train your eye is to immerse yourself in design.

Watch this short video with visuals as I walk you through the tips:

Tip #1

Break down others’ designs you like. When it comes to analysing a website, look at the followings:

- Colour

- Balance

- Typography

- Consistency

- Accessibility

- Tone of voice

- Graphic elements

- Layout

Tip #2

Pay attention to the details. The devil is in the details.

Tip #3

Put your eyes into practice. Design fake projects to practice what you observed. Pick a website or app that needs a little bit of love, and redesign it.

Tip #4

Find design inspiration on the web:

- Dribbble

- Awwwards

- Behance

- Mobbin

- Lapa

Tip #5

Look at website and portfolio builders as well:

- Squarespace

- Themeforest

- Webflow

Tip #6

Don’t limit yourself and your inspiration to websites only. Inspiration can be found e.g. outside of web design, in nature, in architecture — a leaf, a flower, a plant, wave, a door, an arch, a bridge.

Tip #7

Design is all around us. Look around you, and look at things with a design lens e.g. magazines, painting, packages, logos, advertisement on a bus.