7 ways to improve your graphic design skills

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Improving your graphic design skills should be a constant goal. As in any profession, it's always possible to improve, but also the technology, techniques and approaches are changing all the time, and it's important to keep on top of development to avoid being left behind. 

As a graphic designer, it's quite easy to stagnate, especially if you become known for a particular style or niche that you really excel at. Very quickly you can develop an identifiable style, and your portfolio starts to look somewhat all the same. There are things to be said for that if it's a style that customers are looking for, but trends tend to come and go and the danger is that at some point demand for that style will dry up and you'll be left with a portfolio that fails to show a wide enough variety of work to win other clients.

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects. 

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