Becoming A Graphic Designer
Many people are interested in art. They have a good eye for aesthetics and they understand various elements of creative art. Many artists who are wanting to make a career using their talent look into graphic design as a possible occupation.
But does understanding art and working well with different mediums mean that you will make a good graphic designer? Becoming a graphic designer requires more than just talent and an interest in the field.
It is very unlikely that an employer searching for a good graphic designer would hire someone who has not specifically studied graphic design. This means that, even if you know you are very good, you need to have some training.
There are a number of good graphic design schools in North America and Europe that offer different graphic design related degrees. You can look into what aspect of design you’d like to be involved with, and take classes that are specific to that field. Do a good search on the Internet and find out what school offers the best options for what you are looking for.
Once you have completed your studies, or even while you are studying, find an internship in the design department of a nearby company. This makes for a good addition to resume and will also get you contacts for possible future employment.
Freelancing is a great way to build up a portfolio. Do a variety of small and large jobs so that you will have some experience behind you and some work to show when you are applying for positions in the future.
Of course, you should also be aware of trends in graphic design that is printed around you. Take note of what kinds of style and techniques are being used. Get an idea of different ways that you can use the methods you have learned and use them in your freelancing.
If you do all of these things, when you finish your schooling you will have, not only a solid base of knowledge based on your studies but a lot of experience, as well. Your experience in freelancing will help you learn to work with various employers and their different ideas, and an internship will help you understand what goes into a full-time position with a single company. Both of these experiences will give you possible contacts.
Now that you have the background necessary, you must be prepared to do all that is in a graphic design job description. You will be required to brainstorm and come up with ideas for your design. You will present your design to the client and then make adjustments suggested by the client. Then you will set a budget and schedule to follow for your work. You need to be prepared to work using computer software, and you also need to work well with others involved in the design department to produce a finished product.