Being a graphic designer is not easy, because they “colour the world.” So how do you begin your journey “to designer”? How to turn from a beginner, nowhere shown graphic designer, into a TOP-professional graphics professional? This article will tell you the only true way. Say that this can not be? I will try to convince you of this now. “Let’s go!”
1st step for a graphic designer
I will write about my path, which miraculously turned out to be true. The first thing you must own to start the movement is the basic knowledge of graphic editors and some imagination. My focus is on logos and printing. No, this is not a speciality that I comprehended in universities. This is what he studied. My first vector works were created in Adobe Photoshop. Working with a vector in such a program was interesting, but difficult. Time passed, it was necessary to change the program.
My choice was Adobe Illustrator (this is not an advertisement, you can choose another program that you like best). I studied at the official rate. At first, everything was a little difficult and I did not understand why they were teaching this or that there. The course was in electronic form, with the extension.PDF. That is, these courses were not with a living teacher, so studying was even more difficult. But such training has its advantages:
- You are looking for answers to your questions yourself, which involves re-reading a lot of information, which means that a lot will be remembered, and will be remembered better than a teacher would just tell you.
- In parallel with the search for answers to questions, you will learn something new that is not included in the course, find many websites dedicated to vector graphics that may be useful to you in the future.
And so, the first step has been taken. The course is completed.
2nd step for a graphic designer
The second step we will have is a review of hundreds and thousands of logos on the Internet. “For what?” – you ask. I will answer: “So that you have in your visual memory a variety of logos, business cards, stand design, packaging, etc., an understanding of how to use certain graphic elements has been postponed.”
This does not mean that you need to copy someone else’s design. On the contrary, you must be different, you need to develop your own style, which is not like any other. Therefore, we have come to the next step.
Third step for a graphic designer
In the third step, I advise you not to participate in project rates, not to look for customers, not to advertise yourself. It may sound harsh, but it’s too early for you! As they say: “It is better to prepare an hour and fly in 5 minutes.” That is, prepare yourself for a big project. To the first experience, which must be positive!
Of course, you can bet on the project, try to win at a low price. But the customer will not choose you for execution for 10 arbitrary units if with the same rate there is a designer with an excellent portfolio and experience – this is logical.
Then how can you “take” a client? Even lower price? Of course! But is it worth it? Now we will analyze this moment:
- At a low price, you will create an image of a “cheap slave of power” and it is not so easy to get rid of this stigma – because when you reach a good level, customers will “poke your eyes” at your old prices.
- By low price, you are doing a general price lowering in the market. You may think that “one is not a warrior in the field”, but this is not so. You will set an example for others. This is a chain reaction that is very difficult to stop. Your colleagues who you could turn to for help or advice in the future will not respect you. Think about it!
- If you think that at a low price you will receive many orders, you are mistaken. Orders will be, but the end does not justify the means.
- If you had the idea that with a low budget you would not be presented with such requirements as for a large sum, then here you are mistaken. And deeply. They will ask you in the same way as if you were doing a project for an amount of 5 or 10 times more.
- As a result, you will have some orders, a penny earned, a lot of “enemies” in the circle of designers, poor (which is logical) work in the portfolio, if you dare to place them there. Possibly bad reviews will appear, which will lead to a decrease in the number of customers. In general, you are “burying yourself.”
But what to do? How can a thirsty man, a creative person, do the right thing? Everything is very simple, direct prosaic: PARTICIPATE IN COMPETITIONS!
Participation in contests will give you many positive points, at least:
- You will offer work at the choice of the customer. If he chooses your job, you will receive a good review and earnings in the budget. You may not be ashamed to add this work to your portfolio. Even if it is not a masterpiece, you can always clarify in the description for it – this is the work that WINS the competition. And this, not a little!
- With each competition, the work will turn out better, because you will constantly work! Only a walker will master the path! If you participate in competitions where the works of the contestants are not hidden, you will evaluate the styles of other designers. Sooner or later, you will want to apply some kind of graphic device in your work, not repeat it, but do it on the basis of someone else’s. Ultimately, this will help you “find yourself” in the schedule.
- Competitions will hone your skills. If you add to this, at the same time, your assimilation of new approaches to design, new plug-ins and programs that you will find on specialized sites or in video tutorials, your portfolio will be very quickly filled with great work!
- The result of participation in contests: there is a portfolio, experience and approaches to work developed, skills improved, desire to create increased. New horizons will open before you.
What’s next? And then, you can already start betting on projects with a normal price tag, because you will not fail! You are already a designer! Of course, throwing competitions is not worth it, but you need to try simple projects, since they differ from the competitions in that they will already ask you for each element or option, for colour and shape, for tilt and indentation. Get used to it too, the main desire.
Whether or not to go along this path, from a novice designer to a pro, is up to you. Of course, there can be many ways, you can go to study as a designer and, after finishing some university or courses, feel like a pro. But I want to disappoint you: learning and real-life are slightly different things. Without practice in the “fields”, you will not know the level of your training. Therefore, in this material you received a vector, a direction, moving along which, unambiguously with the least expense of funds and nerves, reach your “OLYMPUS”.