Ten Principles of Communication Design
Read and follow instructions carefully. Nothing frustrates a client faster than wasting time providing instructions that are ignored and having to repeat them. Make sure you understand them upfront, complete the work and check the instructions again to confirm that you complied.
Observe deadlines. Your designs will be viewed less positively, and possibly not at all, if they are late.
Have a professional attitude. Always be courteous and respectful—regardless of the title or role of the people you encounter.
Communicate well. Design is about delivering a message to an audience. Don't lose sight of this when working on projects. If a design is attractive but doesn't say anything or otherwise achieve the objective, it is unsuccessful.
Display versatility and flexibility. Be open to the opportunity to do something new, whether that means creating a product, using a tool or working in a format you haven't used before. And if you get a suggestion, trying it only means you will broaden your perspective.
Take criticism. You can't improve unless you solicit, listen and react to criticism. You may not always agree, but you will still learn something from all feedback that will make you better at designing and working with others.
Learn continuously. Every day is an opportunity to expand your skills and perspective. Take advantage of formal training classes, read books, explore websites, read blogs and other online resources, and tap the experience of your colleagues.
Be passionate about design. Observe it everywhere you go and everywhere you look. Get inspiration from your commute to work, a display in a store and the fashionable crowd at a party.