Keeping up with any industry can be a very difficult task, and keeping up with the ever-changing world of the design industry can be an especially difficult task. In this article, we will look at five ways you can stay up to date with the design industry.
Read most popular blogs
There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of blogs out there dealing with web design, add to that the thousands that deal with design in general, it can be difficult to keep up with every blog. Therefore, my suggestion is that you pick the top blogs and then read these.
Some blogs you might want to consider include the following:
Sign up for a design event calendar
Finally, our last suggestion might seem a little trivial, however, if you really want to stay up to date with what goes on in the design industry, then you might want to consider following a site that offers a design event calendar. There are several really good sites out there that will keep you up to date with the latest in the design industry these include sites such as:
Follow top people on social media
Any industry will have some people who are absolute experts in their field, and you should really consider following some of them on Twitter or Facebook. Often you can gain some valuable insight into what is going on in your industry by reading the Twitter feeds of some of the people who are in the know.
These are some of the people you should definitely be following on Twitter:
Conferences and Webinars
Just as with any industry, the best way to stay up to date is to mingle with the rest of the people who are working in your industry. This can either be through the attendance of a conference, or you can attend a webinar. Furthermore, there are many universities that will offer free classes on different subjects. This includes universities such as:
Follow your competitors
While examining what your competitors are doing might not help you get ahead in your industry, it will certainly prevent you from falling behind everyone else. Pay attention to what your competitors are working on. If all of your competitors are abandoning a certain way of designing websites, then chances are it would be a good idea for you to do the same.