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If someone starts out as a junior designer and keeps practicing, what are some benchmarks to show they have progressed as a better designer?

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Are you talking about a visual designer in terms of an interaction designer who is concerned with the visual display of information? Or are you talking about a graphic designer? The latter is off topic - you'd have better luck on Graphic Design – Rahul Feb 2 '12 at 18:09
I agree, this needs more information to get at the root of the question. – James Drinkard Feb 2 '12 at 19:26
Visual designer could apply to either of those. I think the question is equally valid here as it is on Graphic Design. – DA01 Feb 2 '12 at 21:51
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If you are asking for within the realms of UX, then UX Design Practice Verticals can be a good measurement for you.

Its a grid, made of eight columns standing for main domains in UX, and six grades of depthness going from practical to strategical areas of practise. It was introduced at UXmatter article The T-Model and Strategies for Hiring IA Practitioners, but explained solely for Information Architects. Nevertheless, it matches Visual Design either.

I like this approach, because it has well thought categories and shows the differences as well as overlaps of each specialist in the field of "Computer Design". And it gives a sort of guidance, where to grow and what to leave aside.

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Very good resource! Thanks for posting. – James Drinkard Feb 2 '12 at 20:36
Thanks for the resource! It definitely points me in the right direction. – Julia D Feb 7 '12 at 0:25

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