Ways To Network With Other Designers
Networking is critical to designers, especially those looking to build a solid freelance clientele or become self-employed. Good design will get you far, but having good design that people recognize as your work will get you even further. We all know it’s not so much what you know, but who you know. So here are a few tips to help you better promote yourself and ways to network with other designers:
1. Use social media
Social media is good for more than just posting selfies! Posting images of your work is a way to promote your work and market yourself as a designer. It also gives you a chance to gain feedback on projects you’ve done or are currently doing. Social media exposes your designs to the world and you to the world’s designers. When you see design that you really like, do something to connect with that artist…like following me @Ariana_Nicole__ !
2. Start a design blog
If you create a blog about design…designers are going to read it! It’s a sure way to connect with other designers because you are presenting topics and ideas that spark their interest and encourage their input. The other great thing about blogs is you can have it on the same site as your portfolio. So while your connecting with other designers, you’re also marketing your design skills and experience.
3. Attend conferences and design events
One of the best ways to meet other designers is by attending design events and conferences. Through these events you can learn a lot about design and get connected with some very influential designers. AIGA is a great organization for designers and the local chapters often host events and programs. If there’s not an AIGA chapter in your area, try searching Google for other events and conferences related to design and technology.
4. Find a coworking space
Coworking spaces are establishments that rent out office environments to a variety of creatives – freelancers, small business owners, starter companies and other design and technology related professionals. So basically, if you need an office space or just want to be to be surrounded by other creatives, a coworking space is probably the space for you. Even better, coworking helps you network because you’re in a place where you can meet and mingle with other like-minded creatives.
5. Keep business cards handy
You never know when you could run into a potential client or someone who can connect you to one. It’s important to always have business cards with you so you can leave a physical and lasting impression on whoever you’re talking to. Also, your business cards will provide them with all the information they need to contact you in the future. Be sure to keep your business cards up to date with correct contact information!
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