As a new year approaches many people take time to look back on the previous year and reflect on what they would do differently this coming year. Well as a graphic designer one of the things I always say I’m going to do better is taking my design skills to the next level by expanding my overall knowledge and growing my clientele. But why stop with just the one resolution. Why not go for as many as you can! Here is a list of the top New Years resolutions for graphic designers to consider for 2012!

Expand your Design Skills:

In order for a graphic designer to grow their businesses and stay on top of their competition you need to expand your design skills. Many designers prefer sticking to their comfort zones. However, by taking courses, online tutorials, and researching new ideas so you can broaden your horizon and make you a more successful designer.

Keep your workspace clean

I tell myself this every year and this should be a simple task. By keeping your desk organized and clean you will stay on top of your projects and get more done in less time. Same goes with your workspace on Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Keep your tools where you need them and create templates to help keep your day well-structured. Regardless of how you like to keep your workspace, there’s no doubt that being organized in some way is beneficial.

Work on stuff outside your comfort zone

This is sometimes easier said than done. But by stepping up to the challenge and working outside your comfort zone can really benefit you I the long run. Work on a design that you never thought you’d do. Take on a job that you don’t think would fit your “style” and adjust to the situation. Not only does this add to the variety of work your portfolio, but it’ll also give you a chance to test your limits as a designer and see what you’re accurately capable of.

Research  More

Working in digital world and searching Google is great but don’t forget that books and magazines can be extremely helpful too. Spend some time looking through articles and books at your local library and fill your head with great inspiration. Sometimes by reading about techniques from other successful designers can be helpful and influence your next big project.