How To Make Your Not-So-Great Visual Design Better
I came across this article by Jasmine Friedl, a product designer at Facebook. She talks about how to get better at visual design. In addition to giving a real-world example, evaluating a design for an app, she has lots of good ideas here for how to improve, including this:
You observe design in the world and form opinions on what’s good and what’s not good. You solidify your opinions on foundational design principles.
You look at established design systems like material design and Human Interface Guidelines.
You browse websites and apps and Dribbble for excellent design work, and you don’t copy them, but you ask yourself why is this working? You search for answers.
And you practice.
You show your work to people who have the sensibilities—the visual design skills—already, and you listen to the questions they have about your work.
Two key take-aways for me were "Ask questions" and "Be intentional in your decisions."