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How can I be a professional graphic designer?
I want to be a professional graphic designer, but I can’t get the exact guidelines to be a qualified graphic designer.
I doubt you’ll find any place that gives “exact” guidelines. The specifications for a graphic designer will vary from job to job.
More importantly, what skills, training, graphic design training do you have?
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I suggest you check out the graphic design college and university classes and see what their courses cover.
Here is a brief course on the basics of design that graphic designers need to understand:
Also, don’t confuse a class with learning a graphic software program like learning graphic design. Learning the basics of graphic design is different from learning a software tool. That said, you can learn some of the basics of graphic design through software tutorials, but only when the designer explains the principles behind what he or she is doing.
Here are some online courses you can take:
you need to know the tools you will need to create awesome designs. A good digital camera, a Wacom drawing board and a notebook are essential. You will also need a favorite pen or pencil and an editing program such as Photoshop or Illustrator. A good portfolio is also important because potential employers will want to see examples of your work.
Affinity Designer has won many awards and is much cheaper than Photoshop or Illustrator:
This is the key and one of the advantages of working in the graphics industry: “a picture speaks more than 1000 words”.
You want a decent work portfolio that demonstrates not only your illustration skills, but also your design skills. Ideally, you know the software, but I would say that dirty talent is the majority important.
The other key requirement I would say is the demonstration of working on some real jobs, no matter how small.
You could create an LLC and be wary of standalone websites such as fivrr, upwork, and design contest websites. There are no known rules that prevent you from starting an online design business. However, this is probably not the recipe for success. So the long answer would be to invest in a degree, learn to study, and then look for a job in a workplace where design is the central focus. Although I’ve been programming for over a decade, I use the design skills I learned at SCAD almost every day. My design skills give me an edge over traditional software engineers that I wouldn’t change to go back in time and get a bachelor’s degree in computer science. I think design is much harder to learn in isolation because without peer reviews and reviews it is impossible to judge the success of your communications. Clients are also not good judges of graphic design. So you don’t have to learn much just by working in a freelance job, except to earn cash. This will do little to advance your skills without the supervision of experts in the field, as you are expected to have as an employee of a company that makes design an important part of your business. Not all design jobs are created equal. Working in an insurance company probably does very little for creative development compared to working in a design agency or in-house design department for a more creative industry.
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