The Top 3 Things Every Aspiring Graphic Designer Should Know

With a lot of employers looking for graphic designers today, the thought of being a professional graphic designer struck you. Playing around with fonts, colors, and shapes while earning money has become one of the ultimate dreams for anyone now. After all, who don’t want a career that doesn’t feel like work?

Yet, there are also thousands of people out there who refuse to pick graphic design as a career for one reason: “I can’t draw”. If you’re one of them, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

The truth is, it’s okay if you can’t draw, simple sketch or drawing will suffice. But, to apply for an entry-level graphic design job, you should be proficient in either Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign (no excuse).

And yes, graphic designing is one of the high-paying jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree, if you do it right.

Here’s what you need to know before entering a graphic designer life:

Your design will never be everyone cup of tea

Despite all the hours you’ve spent to finish that design project, there must be one who hates it. Sometimes those people will tell you what they don’t like so that you can improve. Well, most of the times, they just absurdly said “no” and leave you breathless. No matter how hard you try, you can’t please everyone. But, giving up is definitely not an option. As a graphic designer, revisions will always be part of your design process.

Don’t just beg for a design graphic job. Show them what you can do

When it comes to design graphic, portfolio matters. If you really want to earn money as a graphic designer, you should keep your portfolio up to date. Making yourself busy with some fake projects on the loop until you get the real ones is a smart move. Remember, you can’t be a master overnight, practice is all you need.

Never rely on the brief alone. The designer is (still) you

As a graphic designer, you’ll be familiar with the nonsense brief from the client’s side that tells you to add a bunch of irrelevant layers and elements to your design. Of course, they’re the boss. But you should be the one who takes control. Listen to them, then aim beyond the expectations. Before starting to design anything, jot down what the message that your clients want to deliver. Keep your audience of one in mind. And remember, your design doesn’t have to be beautiful. You need to know that you’re there to sell — not to show off.

If you work in the advertising agency, you’ll usually be paired up with a copywriter or an art director. Well, you can be your own boss, too. But, to achieve that, you need to have certain years of experience and reliable network of contacts. Apply to an internship or project-based graphic design jobs is definitely a great start.

P.s. This post originally appeared on the Glints Singapore website (as a basic guide for graphic designer career) and has been updated here for comprehensiveness.

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