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8 Personality Traits of Great Web Designers

8 Personality Traits of Great Web Designers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that web designer jobs will increase at an annual rate of 20% through 2022. That’s good news for you, if you’re a designer  But there’s a big difference between being a mediocre designer and being a great designer. Here are some of the traits that all great designers embody:

1. They are Courageous

On the eve of battle, Robert E. Lee often encouraged his soldiers by saying, “Courage is the fulcrum; there is no success without it.” Veteran designers know that real creativity in effective design takes a willingness to expose themselves to hard challenges. Psychology Today magazine finds that courage can be learned. Aristotle called courage “the master virtue”. You can increase your courage by forcing yourself to take on challenges.

2. They are Hard-Working

Steve Krug wrote the book Don’t Make Me Think. In it he writes, “A great website should allow users to accomplish their goal as easily as possible. The zen feeling of a well designed site belies the hard work that led to this moment.” James Mowery is the CEO of ManageWP. He gives this advice about the trait of being a hard-worker: “There’s a difference between being creative and being hard-working. A creative person produces something good only occasionally; but a hard-worker always produces something good — because they don’t stop until they do!”

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3. They are Solid Builders

Julien Raby, President of Combustible, a digital marketing and design agency, wrote a blog about the importance of building a site for keeps: “The old computer saying was ‘Garbage in, Garbage out’. Today it’s more like ‘Garbage website, Garbage sales.’ Provide a solid foundation of easy access and maneuverability and your customers will stick with you no matter what else you include.”

4. They are Empathetic

Empathy is a key business skill. And by the way — your goal to be a great designer doesn’t mean you forget about being a good business person. They go hand-in-hand. You have to know what your user wants. Studies show that customers make their decisions on an emotional level, not a rational one. You can’t sell your client, in-house or out, on a purely rational basis. Get into their head to see what it is they really want. Then give it to them through superior design service. If this doesn’t work, be sure to explain carefully why giving it to them won’t help, and have a solution on hand to show them you have given their situation serious, empathetic thought.

5. They are Empirical

The dictionary defines empirical as “based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic.” In other words, the best designers can think like scientists. The whimsy of a designer’s creative spirit is not what customers are paying for. Hard quantitative and qualitative research must be done by the designer. Even Albert Einstein, the greatest theoretical physicist of them all, is quoted as saying, “It is research that leads to discovery, not genius.”

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Rachel Cunliffe is a Custom WordPress designer. She claims, “Measured results should influence web design more than vague ideas. It’s the only way you as a designer can convince clients that what you propose will impact their ROI.”

6. They are Meticulous

An eye for detail is critical for effective UI and consistent UX design. There’s no need to go into the plethora of technical jargon used by designers for site interactions. Let Jerry Cao, a content strategist, sum it up: “Part of being meticulous means maintaining consistency. Grids, layout patterns, color palettes, editorial styles – these must all remain consistent across all the pages of a website, or else you risk users relearning functionalities.” And users would rather go elsewhere than relearn anything.

How is your attention to detail? Here’s a link to an online test that will give you an idea how much you may have to work on this personality trait.

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7. They are Patient

How many questions does it take before you lose patience with a client or management? The correct answer is: There is no limit.

Preempt irritating questions about your design by thinking of them yourself, and then having the answers ready. Preparation leads to patience. And patience will keep your blood pressure lower.

8. They are Grounded

Web designers have to be dreamers, to a certain extent. That means they need frequent reality checks. It’s the only way to see if you are actually developing and improving the above personality traits. 55% of visitors will spend less than 15 seconds on your website, no matter how well it’s designed.

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Can you handle that, and still go on to design great websites? If you have internalized these 8 traits, it’s pretty certain you can.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2018

8 Powerful Reasons to Love Your Enemies

8 Powerful Reasons to Love Your Enemies

We’ve all got our enemies; people who take pleasure in causing us pain and misery. Sometimes, the development of an enemy is due to certain differences in your characters and events have led to that. Other times, some people end up hating you for apparently no reason at all.

Regardless of how you got this enemy, as opposed to the paradigm of fighting fire with fire, consider the following reasons and see why you should actually appreciate your enemies. This article will show you not only how to not be bothered by your enemies, but how to actually foster love for them.

Read on to learn the secret.

1. It’s a practical lesson in anger management

To be honest, your enemies are the best people to help you understand your sense of anger management. When it might be true that your enemies have a way of bringing out the worst in you as regards anger, it is also true that they can help you in your quest to have that anger managed. You can’t get truly angry at someone you love and it is only in that time when you get truly annoyed that you learn how to manage it.

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Anger management is more effective when it is in practice and not in theory

Your enemies are like the therapists who you need, but actually don’t want. Inasmuch as you might want to hate them, they provide you an opportunity to control the anger impulse that you have.

2. It’s an opportunity for healthy competition

You might not know it, but your enemies make for great rivals as they help harness the competitor in you (sometimes, you might not even know or bee conversant with this competitive side until you come across an adversary). You get the right motivation to compete and this can go a long way to spur you to victory.

However, while doing so, it is also essential that you remember not to become a worse version of yourself while competing. Working against an adversary is tricky, and you need to ensure that you don’t cause harm to yourself or your morals in the process. Healthy competition is all you need to get out of this.

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3. Their negative comments can help you make a breakthrough

It is true that your enemies never really have much good to say about you. However, in as much as they might be talking out of a place of hate, there might be some truth to what they’re saying.

To wit, whenever you hear something mean or nasty from an enemy, you might want to take a step back and evaluate yourself. There is a chance that what this enemy is saying is true and coming to face that fact is a major step in helping you to become a better person overall. This is another testament to the fact that enemies can be therapists in their own way.

4. Enemies can also be powerful allies

Loving your enemies can also mean making an effort to interact and make peace with them. In the end, if you are able to establish some common ground and patch things up, you’ll have succeeded in making another friend. And who doesn’t need friends?

This can also help you in working with people in the long run. You get to hone your inter-personal skills, and that can be a big plus to your ledger.

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5. It gives you the ability to realize positivity

In a multitude of negativity, a speck of positivity always seems to find its way through.

Sometimes, a knowledge of the fact that you have enemies will also help you to focus on the many positives and good things that are in your life. A lot of times, we neglect what really matters in life. This can be due to being overly concerned with the enemies we have.

However, it is also possible for this acknowledgement to spur you to take a step back and appreciate the goo things (and people who surround you).

6. There might just be a misunderstanding

Sometimes, the reason why you have an enemy might be something very innocuous. You might not have known the cause of this fractured relationship and your enemy will help complete the picture.

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Simply approaching them will help you to understand the reason for the fracture. This, in turn, can help you to work towards healing your relationship moving forward. Misunderstandings happen, and you need to be able to work around them.

7. You learn to appreciate love as well

A constant reminder of the fact that there are enemies will also help you not to take those who love you for granted. Love and hate are two opposing emotions and it is possible for one to momentarily overshadow the other.

However, while you’ll always have enemies, there will also always be people who love you. These people need to be appreciated for what they do for you. Never let the hate projected to you from your enemies take the place of that.

8. Do you really need the hate?

The truth is that enemies bring only toxic emotions and generate bad reactions from you. If you’re truly to live a prosperous life, you can’t really be carrying all this baggage around.

Hate is bad and you should try all you can to get rid of it. It is a well-known fact that nobody can get really far in life while carrying a lot of emotional baggage. Well, hate is the biggest form of emotional baggage there is.

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