Here are some exercises to boost your design skills:
- Redesign a familiar interface: Pick a well-known interface, such as the UI for a popular app, and redesign it in your own style. This will help you practice working within constraints and develop your own design style.
- Create a design system: Design systems are becoming increasingly important in the design world. Challenge yourself to create a design system for a hypothetical project or for an existing project that lacks one.
- Design for accessibility: Designing for accessibility is crucial in creating inclusive designs. Choose an existing interface and redesign it to improve accessibility for users with disabilities.
- Design a mobile app: Designing for mobile requires unique considerations such as smaller screens, touch interactions, and limited screen space. Create a mobile app from scratch or redesign an existing one.
- Collaborate with others: Work on a design project with other designers, either in person or online. This will allow you to practice collaboration skills and learn from others’ design processes.
- Create a logo or brand identity: Design a logo or brand identity for a new company or redesign an existing one. This will help you practice developing a consistent and memorable visual identity.
- Participate in design challenges: Join online design communities or participate in design challenges to practice your skills and receive feedback from other designers.
- Attend design events or workshops: Attend design events or workshops to learn from experienced designers and network with other creatives.
By practicing these exercises, you can improve your design skills and develop a more diverse and versatile portfolio.