At the very end of last year, we asked our design community on Instagram what goals they wanted to reach most in 2020. As you can imagine, responses were scattered across the board, but there were a few popular new year’s resolutions that we thought were worth sharing. Check out what your design peers are looking to accomplish next year and get inspired to reach for the stars in 2020.
Get into Product Design
Whether it be starting a career in Product Design or transitioning to a different design discipline, our community is eager to dip their toes into what our Global Design Survey identified as the most coveted type of designer companies are currently looking to hire:
” I want to be a Product Designer and want to start [my] own business.
“Complete the UI/UX designing course, grab a job, aim for Product Manager?❤️
“Transition from Graphic Design to UI Design.
Instill good self-care habits
Every creative practitioner can benefit from setting aside time to take care of themselves outside of work. As you can see, many designers are hoping to prioritize healthy lifestyles that include self-care in 2020, so in turn, they can create better work.
“For 2020 I want to get my daily routine back in order, wake up early, meditate, eat fresh & healthy, and learn how to divide my time between work, personal development, and family life. And maybe, just maybe… I’ll finally finish designing my portfolio website. ?
“Practice and prioritize true rest, to both fuel creativity and be a healthier human being.
“Stay happy and healthy in spirit and body with family and friends?. Work creatively and effectively. ?
Create something every day
You’ve probably heard time and time again that the most effective way to develop your design skills is to create regularly and consistently—whether it be an 100-day or a 30-day design challenge, (or even Dribbble’s Weekly Warm-Up!), designers want to challenge themselves to get out of their comfort zone and keep creating in 2020:
“To create something every day and enjoy it in the process. ?
“To increase my knowledge and work every day on posters and graphics to be more good and expressive in it, so that I can improve my skills and design eye.
“I want to create a piece of graphic design work every day ??
Land a full-time design job
One of the more popular new year’s resolutions seemed to be to land a great design job. Whether fresh out of school, or transitioning into a new role, designers are ready for their next big move, and we support it!
“Get a job. Pretty self-explanatory, have to pay rent, bills, for food, etc.
“Get a job! I’m a fresh graphic design graduate.
“To get a full-time job (just graduated) and to teach myself After Effects. ?
“Get a full-time UI design job. That’s the first step.
You know that feeling when you create something that you don’t absolutely love or don’t think is worth sharing? Well, designers want to get over that impostor syndrome in 2020 and keep making efforts to share their work more often. Please do! We’d really like to see it.
“To not be so hung up on being perfect, and commit to completing work.
“Show my work to the world. So much work was done but nothing uploaded on Dribbble ??♂️
“To launch my first comic book. It’s been a dream of mine for so long and I’m ready to share some magic, art and a cool story with the world!
Expand on new & existing skill sets
Of course, with a new year comes an itch to learn new skills or even develop existing ones. Designers expressed interest in boosting their skills in all kinds of different areas in 2020, especially illustration! Check it out:
“I’d love to expand my client base and oddly enough, do more food-related illustration and design. Food is my second favorite way to create and it’s so fun to illustrate!
“Learn and become proficient at Procreate ?? been attached to the pen tool forever.
“Buy a Wacom board and start digital illustrations. ?
That’s a wrap! We hope these designers’ new year’s resolutions inspire you to think about your own goals for 2020. Rest assured, whatever you want to accomplish next year, you have a huge community of supporters rooting you on. Let’s make this year a great one!
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