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Do you feel a strong desire to create an attractive design as a diverse graphic designer? I’ll give you advice on how to start, which direction to take, and how to succeed. I prepared 5 steps, which will help you on your path to your dream profession.
Every graphic designer has a vision of which field of graphic design they want to pursue. Do you love web design? Do you want to create advertisements or would you rather work on apps? Before you make the decision to fully commit to a given field, I recommend you to determine which field of design really interests you, and in time, you can improve in the other fields as well.
In order to gain knowledge and practice, you need to create. How to have a high level of self-awareness and still be able to fully pursue your hobbies? How about you create a design for your hobby! Well, then. If you’re just watching your favorite TV show, why don’t you design a graphic ad for it? Or design a single page of your favorite dish you’re just making in your kitchen, for your own cooking book.
The main thing is not to look at the perfect result, but at how you approach the whole design. Be actively creative, accept challenges, don’t worry too much about everything. In short, create the way you feel. Only then you can better yourself.
Even a graphic designer must not forget to follow the news. Regularly implement new icons into your designs, be aware of the design in the world, learn how to use new programs. Design is continually evolving. The design tools are improving and new ways of how to create even more progressive works are constantly emerging.
Invest in a magazine subscription, treat yourself to the latest book. If you’re fully committed to the design, taking courses in drawing, painting, photography etc., will definitely also help you. Thanks to the new skills, you will be evolving and will be able to take different perspectives on creation. You will also gain new experience which will show in the results of your work.
A graphic designer simply cannot do without programs. If you’re really serious about working as a graphic designer, you can’t do it without perfectly mastering at least one of the key graphic programs. And with this, we’re back to taking courses.
Because the programs aren’t cheap and by themselves, they won’t help you too much, you need to visit a course on graphic design or graphic programs for beginners, advanced or complete pros. Even though you can find plenty of tutorials and educational videos on the internet, you’ll gain much better perspective and also inspiration from the other participants in the course. Furthermore, a friendly relationship with a professional lecturer will definitely be useful in the future! :)
Work on your creativity even on your way to work. All you need to do is open your eyes and get inspired by the different elements you see. Watch the labels on the drinks, packing materials, magazine title pages, billboards, buildings, streets, people. Design is all around us. You just need to grasp it and transform it into your work. Be inspired and discover what was discovered, but in a different form! Only practice can strengthen your creative spirit. It’s the only way to define your style, improve your taste, and set your goals even higher.
As you can see, every point in this article interferes with the next. In the modern world, we’re surrounded by mobile devices in which we wish to have a modern design. And not only on our favorite pages but also in apps, games, etc. It’s important you understand the design as a whole and create a user interface for those, who will open your work on their device. Design a pleasant user interface that will correspond with the current trend of this modern era. But in a way that can be easily understood by everyone at first sight. Only then you can say, I’m a good graphic designer!