So, You Want to be a Graphic Designer?
Graphic design is a creatively challenging process that stretches from website design to product packaging to company branding. Experience is key for a successful career in this field. Read on to learn how to build your skills as a young graphic designer.
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE DESIGN PROCESS
Before you overwhelm yourself with any design projects, it is vital to learn the design process. The first step is to understand what your client wants and then begin your branding research. Branding research is just a fancy name for googling what is already out there. Look for elements that your client wants. The second step is to take your branding research and draw multiple concepts for the design. From there, you will take the best designs and use a computer to replicate and refine them.
PRACTICE WITHOUT A COMPUTER
First of all, you do not have to be good at illustrating to be a graphic designer, you just have to be capable of clearly visualizing your ideas on paper. Practicing graphic design without a computer can improve your idea generation and help you become more familiar with shape, line, color, text and image. Check out these videos for some design projects that do not require a computer:
- Graphic Design Without a Computer: Part 1
- Graphic Design Without a Computer: Part 2
- Graphic Design Without a Computer: Part 3
PRACTICE WITH A COMPUTER
Once you’re sick to death of pencil and paper, it’s time to move on to some computer software. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are two vital tools for professional graphic designers, however, they are quite expensive for people who are just starting out. If you do not have these programs, you can always substitute with free software like GIMP. Although it is a bit dodgy, Microsoft Word is another program that you can use to put together basic concepts. I’ve constructed a list of design projects to keep you busy and build your skills on the computer. Check it out here. Use this list to familiarize yourself with font, image, shape and balance.
- Never delete or throw out any of your work.
- Make a portfolio of your design projects to display your progress.
- Check out design blogs for inspiration and design trends ( Best Tumblr Blogs for Designers, The 90 Best Tumblr Design Blogs)
- It is okay to be frustrated with your design but don’t be discouraged. If it isn’t challenging, it won’t help you grow your skills.
Good Luck and feel free to ask me any questions!
By Roberta / My blog
(Photo by Sara)
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