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Advice for aspiring Graphic Designers

10 months ago

What matters more than finding a job is holding on to it. Anyone can lie on CVs and in the interviews to secure a job. Actually, we, designers, do not trod on that path. We win our win our interviewers with number one: our work (portfolio), our charisma as people (this is a people’s person job), out honest, our humbleness and our ego-free attitude. 

We are designers, first and foremost, ensure that you design your own CV. I have interviewed many designers who would turn up to the interview with a word document CV. To what extent does it matter? You may ask, well, if this person did not take the trouble to showcase their design skills on his own CV, I doubt they will think outside the box in other projects. In my time, people always praised my CV and always considered me as a potential applicant, even though I would not meet their criteria - They employers just wanted the opportunity to meet the person who designed that CV and they wanted to know a bit about me, my designer mindset. Caveat: Unless you are applying through a company application form. 

However, once you have secured that rather sough-after position, you should consider not attempt to imitate another designer's style. Instead, try and devise your own – it is going to be your signature. 

People will recognise you by your style. 

Another thing is become good at listening to your line managers/clients etc. In design, communication is paramount. Our goal as designers is to visually communicate the right message to an audience, whether we are creating brands, invitations, marketing materials, product packaging or websites, or even magazine design. 

To be a magazine design one should have a passion for page layout, develop a sense of organic distribution of information, as well as being an audience centre. Another crucial skill to have as an aspiring designer is to gain experience. That means welcome internship where you think you can gather hands-on transferable experience. Be good at welcoming constructive criticism, as you are growing as a designer and as professional. Put yourself in their shoes and derive a lesson from whatever criticism you get. 

Pass on you knowledge - educate your clients. Explain why their pink colour on a serif typeface would not work for their church brand. And in doing so, ensure to have a reason behind every design decision, thus you should continue to learn as well as become a versatile graphic designer. 

There is so much to say on this topic, however the ultimate advice is to cling to design principles, some of which I alluded to in my professional biography, as they are indeed - timeless.