How to Become a Graphic Designer

How to Become a Graphic Designer

In a society filled with rapidly changing technology, graphic design has become a very important profession in our increasingly visual world.

As the information age matures, one thing is becoming clear: we live in an increasingly visual world. From advertisements to web pages, and corporate reports to corporate logos, the way that visual images can communicate with people is one of the most important aspects of business. That is why there is a growing need for creative individuals who can design and generate these visual images on a large scale. Graphic designers are sought-after people these days, and to become one, you only have to adhere to the following easy steps.

 

Step 1: The Right Education

Graphic design is a very technical field, and so it is no surprise that to succeed you need formal training in either graphic design or fine arts. There are many colleges, universities and design schools where graphic design programs are offered, both for on-campus learning or at-home learning. If you don’t have time to get formally educated and you want to get started now, there are many short courses you can take and other learning resources you can use that will make you more employable. Interface design, design principles, electronic imaging, web design or adobe courses are all topics that you need to become familiar with.

 

Step 2: Get Technical

A career in graphic design means you need to constantly keep up with the latest developments in design software programs and desktop publishing tools. Keeping up-to-date with popular programs such as Photoshop or Dreamweaver, or in languages like HTML/CSS or Javascript, will ensure you are always in high demand when it comes to employment.

 

Step 3: Diversify

The most successful graphic designers are those that immerse themselves in the field. By focusing on a variety of trends, as opposed to the ones you are particularly interested in, you will become instantly more employable and will be able to catch the interest of a diverse range of clients. Using different forms of media is a great way to keep up with new trends in advertising such as newspapers, magazines, web sites, etc.

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Step 4: Develop Your Style

The idea of diversifying isn’t to just become proficient at copying many different styles; it is more to gain enough knowledge to be able to create your own. Being unique is a vital quality in the world of graphic design – being the trendsetter will get you noticed. While you want to be diverse so you have resources to draw from to carry out a client’s vision, it is also good to develop a personal style that is immediately recognisable as your own.

 

Step 5: Work on Your Portfolio

While artists in all media need to create and maintain a resume, the only way that prospective employers can get a true sense of your work is by developing a visual portfolio. The work included in your portfolio should represent a variety of different styles and projects you have done, showing that you are dynamic and flexible with your designs. Your portfolio should also include a unique logo, your professional bio or links to any other web sites or social media pages you want prospective employers or clients to be aware of. To stay relevant in this fast-paced world, it’s important to have a copy of your portfolio in print form as well as online and on a DVD or CD.

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Written by Tom Mallet

Tom Mallet is an Australian freelance writer and journalist. He writes extensively in Australia, Canada, Europe, and the US. He’s published more than 500 articles about various topics.
  • Formal training combined with in-depth and diversified knowledge about latest trends is definitely a key to become a graphic designer. But, if you want to emerge as a successful graphic designer, uniqueness, creativity and originality is something you need to cultivate in yourself.