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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Great Designer (Part 1 of 3)

Simplify your process and make your life easier

Jon Moore
Modus
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8 min readMay 16, 2019

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Illustration by Timo Kuilder

Note: This entire article is tool agnostic. That is, it doesn’t matter if you use Sketch, Figma, Adobe XD, Inkscape, or Microsoft Paint, these tips will help you.

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Starting any profession is a lot like going to a buffet for the very first time, where a myriad of choices are available.

Hot food. Cold food. Salad. Desserts. A fresh tray of bacon. Is that soup?! Big plates. Small plates. Adorable little ramekins. Oh my, soft serve ice cream!

Things can feel pretty overwhelming, and you are almost certain to make bad decisions the first time around. What should you eat? How much? Can this buffet sushi be trusted?

The secret to buffets is learning something new each go around, so your approach improves over time. Over time you learn what to get, what not to get, and how much mac and cheese your body can handle in a single sitting.

Learning design can feel exactly the same way. The first time around you take on way more than you can handle, make poor…

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Jon Moore
Modus
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Principal Product Designer at Salesforce