Branding has been an integral part for any business to achieve success. With this changing approach of consumers towards business, graphic design has taken a new turn and has also created great employment opportunities. Not very far from now just a few years ago, the graphic designing jobs were outsourced and there were not many businesses catering to these services. Just about 10 years from then, today every business intends to have at least one in-house graphic designer. This post is for all the aspirants out there who are planning to make graphic designing as a profession and earn a living. Well, you have decided but as a fresher, anyone would have doubts and piles of questions to ask to the experts and experienced in the industry. Let’s go through the basics and fundamentals you would need to have to be a graphic designer and we also will discuss a few professional tips to achieve success as a graphic designer.
What Are the Basics You Would Need to Have to Be a Graphic Designer?
Here’s what you need to possess to be a successful graphic designer:
Have Imaginative Power: First and foremost, the word graphic designer might sound quite simple but having great imaginative power is the best breakthrough any aspirant can have. If you don’t have, go around, look at things, talk to people, be determined and achieve it. Being imaginative will help you not only develop a designer’s block (a feeling of not being able to anything more in graphic designing), but also do much more than what anyone can do without imagination.
Be an Artist: Being an artist or having a fine arts background is an advantage. If you can draw well, if you can create artistic designs without the help of any tool or software, you are more certain to be a better graphic designer.
Keep Yourself Updated about Trends: We all have seen the graphic designing industry evolving rapidly over time. Keeping yourself updated about the latest market trends will help you kick start your career as a graphic designer in a much better manner.
Know Your Design Tools Well: It’s been ages that the design industry has been observed using two popular tools for graphic designing and they are Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw. As a fresher, it’s strongly recommended that you learn Adobe Photoshop well before you decide to learn Corel Draw, which is just a little more updated over Photoshop. So, now the question that would have struck your mind is – Where do I learn it from and how do I learn it? Well, this isn’t a tough question to answer at least in a technologically advanced world. There is no dearth of online platforms offering you these courses, just to name one of the most popular platforms, its Udemy. But if you still feel that you cannot spend to learn, there are so many freelancers around the world who upload video classes on Youtube. You may choose to watch free videos on Youtube and learn the tool. Try and practice various forms of designs on Adobe Photoshop once you learn the basics and nurture your skills with practicing it. If you feel your designs are not good, that’s the first sign to being a great graphic designer. You may then choose to learn Corel Draw. The combination of knowledge you would have gained using these two tools will make you at least 50% industry ready.
Don’t Use Free Tools to Learn: Unlike Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw, there are many ready tools online where you might just have to drag and drop things to do a design, don’t fancy such tools as they add a break to your developing skills. Gaining knowledge is good, but being dependent on such platforms to be a graphic designer is bad.
Intern with a Well-Known Design Firm: Once you have done all of what’s mentioned above, choosing to intern with a well-known design firm, which works with clients from multiple business verticals will make you an industry ready designer; it also opens a plethora of opportunities after your internship like job opportunities, doing a firm of your own, or freelancing with confidence.
Keep Doing: Any art kept practicing remains with you. Once you are a designer, never stop – always keep practicing and keep your self-informed about what’s happening around and who is doing better. Keeping yourself informed will help you develop yourself as a competitive graphic designer, which is much needed in the industry today.
This article was centered for the fresh graphic designer and we hope it would have helped you decide whether you can take graphic designing as a profession or not and if yes how you can start to be the best one. Please feel free to get in touch with me for more knowledge. Happy designing!!