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The Self-Taught Designer Podcast Ep. 4: Balancing Learning and Doing

podcast Oct 23, 2023
design, learning, doing, balance, self-taught, creativity, growth, tips, advice, community, motivation, inspiration, color psychology, color palette challenge, theoretical knowledge, practical skills, real-world design challenge, tangible project


Don't Get Stuck in the Learning Loop: How to Take Action and Improve Your Design Skills


Balancing Learning with Doing in Design is the essential guide for every self-taught designer's journey. In a world brimming with tutorials, courses, and masterclasses, it's easy to get caught in the whirlwind of perpetual learning. But how do you bridge the gap between theory and practice?

Dive in with us each episode as we dissect the art and science of design, share real-life stories of how hands-on experience transformed careers, and offer actionable tips to help you strike the perfect balance. Whether you're just starting out or looking to refine your craft, this podcast is your toolkit to blend knowledge with action and turn potential into prowess.







Have you ever felt stuck in a loop of learning new design tools and techniques without actually putting them into practice? You're not alone! In this episode, I explore the common struggle of balancing learning and doing in the world of design.

Learning is essential, but it's only through doing that we can truly excel in any creative field. So, if you're feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to learn, don't forget to take breaks and put your skills to the test. Start small with a tangible project that allows you to apply what you've learned.

Here are a few tips for balancing learning and doing in design:

  • Why set specific learning goals for yourself? What do you want to learn? 
  • How to apply what you're learning and see the results of your efforts.
  • How a community of people who are also on the design journey can provide you motivation and support.

I hope this episode inspires you to embrace learning while simultaneously engaging in tangible design projects. Take note, real growth occurs when we strike a balance between acquiring knowledge and actively applying it in the creative process.

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