I'm working towards a career change. I'm a good artist, but I've found that this does NOT translate into being a "good designer". Recently I took on a couple of jobs to test the water. I did two logo design projects and one web design project to see if I really liked this line of work.
I found that I LIKED the work, but the customers had mixed feelings about me. One logo project was awesome and I knocked it out of the park. The next one took me about 50 iterations to finally make the customer happy. (I would never recommend working with committees now...)
On the website I used some of my own philosophies in what I like in web sites and web apps and what I thought would look and function good, but the customer didn't seem to like certain things and we had a rough time seeing "eye to eye". It was a hard experience for me after putting so much of my heart and soul into the project. In the end I had to use a template and they were happy! It was horrible in that regard.
What I came away learning from these is that I clearly need to get a better grasp of what is actually expected of me. If I (obviously) don't think like other people, then I need to learn to think like them, or at least fake it, so I can produce expected results.
Unfortunately I can't afford course work like bloc.io's 8 month program. I have to figure it out on my own: methodology, best practices, tools and all.
Does anyone have an outline of the steps to follow in a pragmatic fashion to go from effectively a learner to practitioner?
I feel like this topic has been discussed a lot (such as here or here), but to be frank, most of what I see online both here and elsewhere in the form of tutorials are just click bait and talking heads. I want some real meat and potatoes that can guide me on a quest or comprehensive learning process instead of just getting inspired and ending up back to confusion and missing a solid platform for growth and really understanding the psychology behind this field in both the actual design goals, workflows and customers' minds.
One thing to remember: I don't need help to become a good artist. I've got that. I'm pretty gifted when it comes to art - I need to down and dirty grind/practitioner side of the skill development.