Whether you do freelance web design, work as an in-house graphic designer or with a number of other designers in a creative ad agency, there are a few people who can become extremely helpful in your career. Creative people, like web designers, tend to attract one another, but these are some people who you should keep an eye out for in the future:

Programmers

Most web designers can do a bit of programming and figure out the rest as they go along. Knowing a few software developers and trained PHP developers, however, can save you a lot of time. Buddy up with these people and you will be surprised at their wealth of time-saving and money-saving tips for building larger, more complex sites, incorporating cool tools on your site and more.

A designer that’s better than you

Some people have a knack at designing and whether you’re the only in-house designer or are considered the best in your team, it’s good to know somebody that has inspired you and who can act as a mentor. Choose somebody who is experienced and ask them to crit your work from time to time (also ask if you can see what they are busy with).

Photographers

You may not have the time, patience or interest to develop this skill, but knowing a good photographer or two can really help you in terms of web design. They will be able to create their own photos for websites and you could also ask them to take pictures of your design work for your portfolio.

Industry leaders

Get to know other professionals in the creative environment, such as project managers, talent scouts, creative directors and copywriters. A quick catch-up meeting can get you up to speed on all the ins and outs of the industry as well as give you some insight into the problems and challenges that other creative professionals experience when it comes to branding and marketing.