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Be The Expert Designer Everyone Thinks You Are - RD069
7 days ago
Are you an expert graphic designer? Have you ever felt uncomfortable being referred to as an expert graphic designer or expert web designer? Can I ask you why you felt that way? I’ve seen it over and over, designers cringing at the title of expert because they don’t feel they deserve it. In this week's episode of the Resourceful Designer podcast, I share a little secret with you. You are an expert. Don’t believe me? The Webster Dictionary defines Expert as follows: An Expert is someone having, involving, or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience. With this official definition in mind, let me ask you again. Are you an expert? I hope you said yes. I'm guilty myself. I must admit. I used to be guilty of this as well. I felt uncomfortable when people would say something like... “Hi Mark, so and so told me I should talk to you because you’re a web design expert” or “Hi Mark, I need a logo for my business and I’m told you’re the expert” It used to make me uncomfortable. But once I realized we're all experts in someone's eyes I started embracing it. Now if someone asks me if I’m an expert I proudly say yes, yes I am. Allow me to shower you with my expertise. OK, maybe I don't say that last part, but I don’t shy away from the title anymore. Why does being called an expert bother designers? I’ll tell you why. Because as designers we’re creative people, and being creative people we’re constantly learning to improve our skills and knowledge. But if we’re constantly learning to improve our skills and knowledge, and there’s always so much new to learn. how can we be experts? It doesn't make sense. The fact of the matter is, we are experts to everyone not in our industry. To everyone who doesn’t understand the workings of a website. we are an expert. To everyone who doesn’t understand the intricacies of proper branding, we are an expert. To everyone who doesn’t understand the nuances of type manipulation and colour usage and page layout, we are an expert. Because we have skills and knowledge they don’t possess we are experts in their eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a designer fo