I am a beginning designer (6 months) and would like to ask those with long experience in this sphere, what is the best, quickest and efficient strategy to become a designer?
Right now I do several things on my own:
1. I am trying to design logos in illustrator
2. I am trying to do retouching in Photoshop
3. I am trying to do compositing in Ps
4. Finally I do a web design
Am I doing it right or should I do only one thing and master it before moving along to the next part? Most efficient way is important word for me here.
Detailed advice would be appreciated
There is no One Best Way because it depends on how you learn. Some people can teach themselves efficiently, some need a classroom setting. Some people need words, some people need pictures.
Two things I can point out are that techniques often build on one another, so you aren’t going to be able to master complex tasks until you’ve nailed the simpler ones, and that you need time to practice everything to learn it in your fingers. It may keep you from being bored to work on four tasks in a day, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to take less than N hours to master each of those tasks. It just means that the N hours will be spread over two hours a day for X weeks rather than eight hours a day for Y weeks.
No matter what you do in what order, you aren’t going to get Good in a short amount of time just because you want to hurry things along.