Becoming a graphic designer is not hard to pursue if you have right attitude and passion for becoming a designer.
This is what I have seen and read everywhere. Seeing this I started learning Graphic Design all through Internet.
I do not have any degree on Graphic Design. I have learnt everything from Books, YouTube and other online sources. I am only providing what I have learnt through my time reading about Graphic Design.
What Does a Graphic Designer Do?
Understanding graphic design will give you a good idea of how hard learning graphic design would be for you. This is the first step in knowing whether you can actually stick with it long enough to become a designer. It is not hard to become a designer but it takes time.
Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and reports.
Graphic designers are visual communicators who must come up with effective solutions for communicating to an audience through visual representations.
The work of a Graphic designer is much more than simply creating graphics on a computer. They are communicators and their skills go beyond the graphic aspect of the profession.
Who can be a Graphic Designer?
Now the burning question : How to check if you have what it takes to become a graphic designer?
Ask yourself these questions :
What is your passion?
Do you have the talent of designing?
Do you have what it takes to solve problems through your design?
Do you have a passion for art and design or enjoy other people’s artwork or creations?
Answer these questions truthfully and without any outside influence. Sometimes we do get motivated by seeing beautiful images on instagram or Youtube but after some time it gets boring if you do not have the right attitude or passion.
The concept could be learned through time but the motivation required to give time on the learning is only upto you.
What to Study to become a Graphic Designer?
A graphic designer has many more work than just drawing and retouching photos. He needs to communicate with the client, research, plan and then made the most efficient design that solves the problem that the client has.
You can definitely become a graphic designer without a degree. There are many YouTube chanels that provide you complete toutorials about the tools used in Graphic Design. You could see Instagram becoming more and more influencial as content creators are putting content like post, reels and even vidoes relating to the topic.
Do not get me wrong if you are getting a degree you have an advantage but degree only takes you so far. In the real world skills matter in this industry more. If you have an impressive portfolio you are garenteed to get a job or work as a freelancer. It is your wish.
What are Graphic Designer Skills?
Graphic design is visual communicator. The client has something to express and needs a medium to do so. Graphic Designer makes his imagination a reality through his design and problem solving skills.
You need to demonstrate your graphic design skills beyond what is listed in your resume. Try working with clients you will get a huge experience of how the work is done. Finding a client is difficult but making the client happy at the end could be even more difficult at first. So do not try to be perfect from the start. Gradually increase your skills with getting real time experience.
How to showcase your Graphic Design Skills?
In a normal field Resume is a way you show your life’s work. You add relevant skills in your resume for the job profile for which you are applying. The closer a match your credentials are to what the employer is looking for, the better your chances of getting hired. However for a Graphic Designer soft skills and hard skills are both very important. For example soft skills like creativity, problem solving skills and more. And hard skills are the relevant softwares you use like Illustrator, Photoshop, XD, Figma and many more.
For a Graphic Designer a portfolio is the best way to showcase his skills. You could make your own website or there are many online platforms where you can showcase your Skills. A portfolio is nothing but the work you have done till now all together in a single place.
You can become anything in your life if you have the dedication to do it. You must have the desire and faith to accomplish the set goals. I know it could be very dramatic line. I myself read it in the book Think and Grow Rich. But I am working on it and trying to accomplish the goal to become a Graphic Designer.
Let me know in the comments below what is your story. What are you trying to become or how you started your Graphic Design journey.