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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 July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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