Working as a Graphic Designer

 

In this article Claire Hartley, a Graphic Designer, talk about creativity, how to handle criticism and how to get the right people to see your work.

In this article Claire advises new Graphic Designer to stay positive and persevere. She explains how Graphic Design is a tough industry to break into. How you may get knocked back many times but to never let it wear at your confidence.

She also advises not to be too proud “you’ll look at your most admired studio’s portfolio but don’t expect to be working on those types of projects in your first job. Those studios have worked for years to develop their portfolio and quite often or not they’ll be working on those not-so-great projects too. They just keep hush about those ones!” she says.

This is a great article for anyone starting out in Graphic Design. I will close with two great pieces of advice from Claire’s article.

Do your research too: find out who the creative director is and give them a call – tell them you will be sending over some work and you would appreciate any feedback. Don’t be afraid to follow up emails with a call too. Designers are busy people!
Be aware of what’s going on in the industry, network and meet other creatives – you never know what opportunities may arise.

I hope you found this article just as insightful as I did.

Here is a link to Clarie’s article:

http://www.brightknowledge.org/knowledge-bank/arts-and-humanities/careers-and-courses/my-job-explained-graphic-designer

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How to work effectively in Digital Media as a Graphic Designer:

 

There are many articles and videos about how to be a better Graphic Designer. Many get bogged down in the details while other focus on those already well established in the design industry.
If you are looking for some simple but valuable tips to get you working more effectively as a budding graphic designer then look no further.
I wholeheartedly suggest you head on over to the design cubicle and read the full article, but here are a few snippets I found very helpful.


Become a collector



Each time you see a design that inspires you, collect it, bring it home and file it away. I have hundreds of brochures, posters and other collateral that I have collected over the years that is stacked away in folders and boxes that I can quickly access – great source of inspiration when needed. Even Starbucks gives out creative weekly mini-newspapers.

I have a small board at where I pin posters or advertisements I like the look of. I also have a folder on my computer filled with different images I liked for whatever reason. This tip reminded me to get more organised with how I store my sources of inspiration.

Join and be active in the design community



As a freelance designer, joining the online design community is a must. Not only does it keep you up-to-date in the design world, but is also great for feedback and critique. Being your own boss is great, but not having anyone to answer to as a freelancer also has it’s down sides. No one to criticize your work and help you improve.

This inspired me to remember that you need many different influences to be a good graphic designer. Always look for critique from both other designers and others in general. Your work in its nature will always be in public view and it is important not to lose sight of that.

Please head over to The Design Cubicle and read this great aricle in full:

http://www.thedesigncubicle.com/2008/11/16-tips-to-improve-as-a-graphic-designer/

Graphic Design article that inspired me:



There are many obstacles in the path of a budding graphic designer. Maybe you went to formal education to learn your craft, or maybe you are self taught. Regardless of how you got there, you now have a portfolio and a desire to start working. But how? Here is a great article from just creative that helps to answer just that.

http://justcreative.com/2012/11/06/7-ways-designers-can-get-their-foot-in-the-door/

Here are two tips that really inspired me:


Get Your Work or Portfolio Reviewed


Sharing your portfolio with seasoned professionals and asking for a review can help you gain new insights on the execution of your creative ideas. Constructive criticism is encouraged and you should always aim to take away new ideas and possibilities. Follow the motto; seek criticism, not praise.

Sharing your work will also allow other designers to observe your style, thought process, and results. This will allow others to lend you advice, which may lead into a steady stream of communication.

Maybe you show a company your portfolio and they reject it, it would be a good idea to ask them why. Finding out what made someone decide not to hire you, will make it easier to get work next time. It is a simple way to stop carrying the same mistake to every potential job.


Start a Blog & Guest Author


Don’t overlook the benefits of starting a blog. In conjunction with social media sites, a blog can help establish your online presence, as well as be the frontier of your voice and portfolio.

While some authors write on their own blog, others will contribute their articles elsewhere as a guest author. Guest authoring is a great way to share your voice with audiences elsewhere and connect with others on an international scale.

This is a simple and very effective way to get your name out there. It also exposes you to people who would otherwise never see you or your work.

I hope you found this article as helpful as I did!