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Do you think having an "eye for good design" is something that is inherent (i.e. difficult to learn)? Growing up, I have always been good at drawing, creating power points, Flash animations, websites, etc. Yet most could barely draw a nice looking stick figure, or even a simple cube! And sometimes teachers would accuse me of having my parents do these things for me.

I am able to imagine what something looks like in my head (3D or not) and just draw it. Recently, a friend of mine asked a web designer - "how do you learn to design such nice websites". And that made me think - you know what good websites look like, you can image what a good website looks like, so you just take that idea in your head and iterate over it in real life. The only challenge is learning how to use the software to make the design a reality.

So, to answer my own question, based on my experience, yes. I never learned how to draw as a kid, yet was considerably much better than my peers. Even years later, they have gotten better at drawing, yet I have not practised drawing at all and I can still draw better than them.

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  1. Yes... but also no. I think there are people out there who have a natural gift for aesthetics. But those people aren't necessarily more skilled than someone who has less intuition, but spends years studying principles of design and learning techniques to make something look good. Those people have a good eye for design, and it's something they learned through study, experience, and practice.

    But I can say this about almost any field. And those with talent that still put in the work that someone without has to, will become very, very good at what they do.

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  2. Just wanted to point out that web design doesn't necessarily mean having the skills you mentioned. I don't know how to draw/imagine nice stuff and I don't really want to work on it but you can give me any design and I will implement it.

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    1. That's web development, not web design.

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  3. Too bad people like you are a dime a dozen.

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  4. Uh ok, good for you? What do you want, a medal or something?

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  5. You should get into this OP, it's the future of art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyt_87yCyNw

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  6. I still don't follow the part about why I am supposed to give a fuck. Could you please repeat your story so maybe I can try to find something that I can give a fuck about? Thanks.

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  7. Oh no, not another "I have good spatial awareness, therefore I am a designer". No, you're not. You have the *aptitude* to be, but there's a reason that web design and graphic design are 3 year programs. BECAUSE THOSE PROFESSIONS REQUIRE LEARNED SKILLS.

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    1. Bullshit. The only thing you need is aestheeeeeeeeetics

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  8. I'd agree, I think OP like ME is lacking the technical skills to use the software, that's all, I have good ideas in my head, I see great websites all the time but the mechanics of taking that vision and making it happen on paper or in software takes certain technical skills, you need to learn the software and how to use it from the ground up. No different than learning the Microsoft office suite of products or engineering and CAD software.

    Depending on your schedule and workload you maybe was to consider if they have it part time studies at Conestoga college for that. Valuable practical skills that will land you a job down the road. A degree and good ideas doesn't get you hired these days, the proven practical stuff will help and employers or clients will want to see some nice examples of your work not just visions and dreams.

    If you can swing it do it, I am in the same boat.

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    1. I am not lacking any technical skills.

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  9. Lol so what? Try making real bucks w that idiot. Let's see u cry bragging then. You'll prob get cold splashed shit over yo face

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  10. A lot of butt-hurt, jealous people in here thinking I'm bragging - please deal with your insecurities in a better way.

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