OnePixelOut is dedicated to helping designers have successful and fulfilling careers.
When I started out as a designer, I found it difficult to learn about how to develop professionally. A lot of the articles that I read were by ‘influential bloggers’ who had never worked as part of a team – they had freelanced since they left college. I was a bit annoyed by the lack of tangible, actionable advice that I could use to become a more skilled designer and grow my career.
I fell into unfortunate roles that included being what we know in the business as a “Photoshop Monkey” – taking copy and images, and making banners and email newsletters. Creatively, it was frustrating. While there were plenty of Photoshop and CSS tutorials around, I couldn’t figure out why some designers got the opportunity to work on exciting projects in great companies, while others did not.
Over the last few years, I’ve spent a lot of time reading up about career development and figuring out how to become a more successful designer. I found out that under all the Sketch Tutorials and Dribbble Shots, there was a hidden layer to what makes some designers successful. I began reading books that were outside the usual designers bookshelf – books by Brian Tracy, Jim Rohan, Tim Ferris and Peter Drucker.
I set up this blog so that I could share what I’ve learned.
There’s more to being a designer than just knowing Photoshop and CSS.
I applied what I learned, and my career started to improve exponentially.
So, in an effort to share what I’ve learned over the years, I started to write about it. I hope you find it interesting, useful or even just entertaining.