1. Stick to ONE lesson
I always try to jam pack multiple lessons into one post to “provide more value”.
The real reason is to show off my knowledge.
When I dropped my ego and stopped, I saw results immediately.
2. Remove unnecessary words.
I evaluate EVERY word in my post and ask myself: is this word really necessary?
If the answer is no, I remove them.
Here are some examples of unnecessary words I use:
“The reason why is because…”
“The realization I came to was…”
“In order to…”
“At the end of the day…”
3. Not utilizing images efficiently.
As a newbie designer, I used to search for the most basic images.
If it’s a book store, I use a book. If it’s a music store, I use headphones.
It was a waste of an image because it doesn’t add any value to the story.
As I got more experience, I learned to cut down entire sentences by using an image that says the same thing.
4. Using “metaphoric” images
When I find stunning images that I REALLY want to use, I force it by coming up with a “metaphor” for what it symbolizes.
People didn’t get it, and I had to explain it.
If I have to “explain” my design, it means the design didn’t work.
These rules are simple, but they’re not easy.
They takes time to implement them.
But if you follow them, I guarantee it’ll make a big difference.