Graphic Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Graphic Designer in Indianapolis:
"Learn more than just graphic design."
To be a real asset to a company and not just a photoshop monkey, obtain a certification or minor in Business or Marketing. This will help qualify you for more senior level jobs that would other wise be closed off to you because you just got an art degree. 9 times out of 10 the designer is the smartest person in the room, but are often overlooked because of there job qualifications. Many think that graphic designers should also start learning web development and coding. I think it is helpful to have a basic understanding of HTML5 and CSS, and certainly be able to use a content management system. Basic Web Design.... But beyond that you are venturing into a more advanced field of coding that now must be concerned with data bases, security, web development. Let the experts in those fields handle that.

Graphic Designer in Riverside:
"Portfolio is key."
Have a degree and great portfolio.

Graphic Designer in Atlanta:
"Always keep your portfolio up to date."
Learn new software, network and keep your portfolio up to date.

Graphic Designer in Santa Barbara:
"Do the work."
Design is work. Graphic design and the creative, applied arts can look simple and easy—glamorous, all fun and games—but it requires discipline and study like any other line of work. Embrace failure, keep at it, keep learning and keep doing.

Graphic Designer in Boca Raton:
"Practice makes perfect."
Work hard, pay attention to detail and be consistent. Keep learning new programs and practice makes perfect.

Graphic Designer in Los Angeles:
"Continue to update your skills."
It is very important to stay up to date on computer software. The Adobe programs are constantly being updated and it's vital that you continue to learn on the job and stay current with what the programs can do. It will help you to stay competitive and to compete with new graduates who are coming out of school with this knowledge.

Graphic Designer in Spartanburg:
"Ask more questions."
Ask questions, even if you think they're silly ones. And get everything in writing. Promises made verbally are rarely kept, or remembered by the person who made them. If an employer isn't willing to answer questions or put a basic agreement into place - think carefully about your choice.