Becoming A Graphic Designer

Want to combine a love of drawing with your computer program skills? While there are a number of careers that allow individuals to do this, none are quite like that of a graphic designer. Graphic designers are often website developers. Their work can assist in helping a company with their search engine optimization or they can work for an advertising agency in Brisbane or another city by working with clients to better their brand’s logo and web presence. In any case, there are a large number of careers and jobs that being a graphic designer can take individuals. However, as with all professions there are both benefits and disadvantages that comes with being a graphic designer.

Studying
If wanting to succeed as a graphic designer, most people will have to obtain a bachelors degree. Often set at 3 or 4 years depending on the university, these degrees can be time consuming and course fees can be very expensive. Materials for the course can also be very expensive especially as student graphic design Agency Perth are taught how to use a number of different programs in the hope of covering any of the programs they are expected to use as a fully qualified, graduate designer.

Experience
It is an aspect that is increasingly becoming more of a problem – employers are increasingly only willing to employ those with experience and junior designers are finding there are no jobs available for them. The easiest way to remedy this is for junior designers to take any job available until their resume is built up – even if this means only working as a freelancer and even if this means sometimes doing unpaid work.

Time
Naturally, this is a profession that requires a lot of time, patience, talent and an eye for detail. Before deciding to study for this profession, individuals must decide whether they will be able to put in the long hours in front of a computer in order to have the work ready for their client on time. If not, then perhaps being a graphic designer should merely be the individual’s hobby.

Variations of the work
As with any career that is creatively based, the everyday life of a graphic designer is never the same. Each project is unique, some will require the use of different programs and all will challenge the designer in different ways. This can only thus be seen as a positive.

Freelancing
For some, graphic design is a great way to make extra money as a side hobby. Because it can be hard to find stable work and well paid work unless you are very talented in the industry, there are many who use graphic design as a second job only when they have the spare time for it. Often these designer do not study but are self-taught in Adobe programs such as Photoshop and InDesign. There are many aspects – both good and bad – to consider before becoming a graphic designer.

Writen by Rose Archdall