Graphic Designer Advice

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

Graphic Designer in Chicago:
"Web experience."
Knowledge and experience with web design is crucial in the newer market.

Graphic Designer in Solvang:
"You Never Stop Learning."
Graphic Design is subjective and each job must be tailored to the needs of the client while also following the rules of graphic design. Graphic design is the type of job that is constantly changing - software upgrades and changes, changing trends in design, and changing needs of clients, along with your own changing skill level - make for an atmosphere that requires constant learning if you want to remain relevant. The graphic design field encompasses so much - web design, print design, retail design, books, logos, ads, etc - that you need to find what your specialty is and develop that specialty. I won't hire someone with a resume that has paragraphs of every program and skill that they say the are good at. I don't believe it. My field of expertise is design for print and layout, and photography. I'm not a web designer. Find what you're good at and develop that.

Graphic Designer in Huntington Beach:
"Keep Working Towards Your Goal And Don't Let Anything Stop You."
Keep working towards your goal and don't let anything stop you. Keep going to school and think outside the box. Everything is inspiration and art/concepts/textures etc. Can be inspired by everyday objects/places and things. Know your way around measurements and math and make sure to give your production team enough bleed to work with if your doing vehicle wraps. Stress level can change from day to day, but at the end of the day you love what you are doing and you keep on doing it, going and thinking forwards. Perks you have access to make stuff for your self and you can learn everything everyone does around the office to eventually creating your own company. Stay in school and if you can get into a company that does signs, print, graphic design and start by doing production. You will work your way up and know how to do everything to run a business whilst simultaneously working on certificates and degrees.

Graphic Designer in Raleigh:
"Graphic Design Advice."
Intern, volunteer, freelance. Learn as much as possible. Attend graphic design events.

Graphic Designer in Dallas:
"You Really, Really, Really Have To Love What You Do."
If you like it, don't be a graphic designer. If you madly be in love with it, be a graphic designer.

Graphic Designer in Baltimore:
"Never Take It Personally But ALWAYS Accept Criticism!"
Do not become attached to the things you design for anyone other than yourself. Your responsibility is to problem solve, make messaging clear and easy to read. If your design does those things and your client wants to muddy it up, explain why you made your design decisions, and explain why their changes may not work. If they still want the changes after that, make the changes they want, but find the time to make an alternate version of their change request that does the job more successfully. Generally, if you are thoughtfully designing, they will eventually see your point. Also, if they still just want it their way: do an informal poll of other folks to determine which communicates the message most coherently.