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Should I be a graphic designer?

Author : Tim D

Submitted : 2018-02-23 01:02:12    Popularity:     

Tags: graphic  designer  

I want to be a graphic designer when Im an adult because I really like to draw, it's my passion. However, my parents dont seem too... happy? They arent angry or anything, they want me to do what i love.. but i dont know. Maybe I shouldnt be a graphic

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"I want to be a graphic designer… …because I really like to draw"

Really research what graphic designers do all day. Very few (really, really few) spend all day drawing or even draw more than once or twice a week.

There is a sub-discipline within graphic design that does involve drawing (far more than drawing in actuality) – illustration, it used to be treated as a separate profession, and to some limit there still are people who make their living as illustrators, but increasingly that is done by non-specialists or uses stock illustration. It is an occupation that is rarely stable, work comes (if it comes at all) in fits and starts, I know several freelance illustrators they work for on average two thirds of their available time (and these have 15-20 years of professional experience behind them) and frankly sometimes they struggle financially and work in other areas too.

It is easy to imagine that graphic design is a somewhat cushy job that involves sitting, pushing colours and shapes around – it isn't. And yet every year colleges all over the world push out thousands of graduates all of them hungry for jobs – and there are simply not enough jobs for all of them – well over 60% of the people I went to college with never worked in the profession.

So first you need to understand what graphic design is.
Second learn all the disciplines involved within graphic design. This will probably involve going to college (there are not many designers in employment who have not been to college).
Third develop a killer portfolio.
Fourth develop contacts with agencies and other designers.
Fifth – hopefully – get a junior designer job.

It is only after step five that you will know if you have enough salary to support yourself and your animals. That will depend partly on where you are in the world and what the average wage is.

Hi! About two years ago I considered going into graphic art and design. My plan was to take visual arts for a year (which I have graduated from) then go into graphic art and design. But for some reason I was never really sold on it. And when I learned more about graphic art, I decided for myself I might never go into the field.

Graphic art has a lot to do with computer work, which is someone I've never been good at. And you don't necessary need to be an artist to do graphic art and design. And with graphic art and design you're not really using that much creativity, basically the place you work for tells what they want and you have to do it. It's not your own idea's your creating, it's the company's. And when people hear "graphic designer" they think they must have some luxurious place to work, which also isn't always the case. Every business need's a graphic designer, so you very well could end up at some greasy spoon of a place doing there graphic work. And while the college told me graphic art is hot right now and perfect for jobs, one lady has told me her husband went for graphic art, and struggles to find a job in the field, while another women has told me she is a graphic designer, and she does work, but says she works very hard for a small amount of pay.

Please understand I'm not trying to crush any dreams. I think if you want to be a graphic designer, then go for it. Another man whose worked in the field told me he worked his way up, and that at one point he was doing graphic art from home and supporting himself. I think it's a field that you need to work your way up and have experience to make the bigger bucks. Anything in the art related job world is always a bit of a risk, but then on the other hand so is everything else. I decided against graphic art and design for the reasons I just listed off to you, and decided instead to go for fashion and design, because that is what I am passionate about. And if you think you are passionate about graphic art then the more power too you! Again I'm not trying to crush dreams, but I find some people build graphic art and design to be some wonderful, luxurious career choice, with lots of creativity, which to a degree it is, but to another degree it isn't. Talk to graphic designers, and schools, and learn more about the field. But no matter what, don't let anyone crush your dreams. It's your life, so do what makes you happy.

tbh, there are a lot of graphic designing jobs that pay fairly well. enough to keep yourself content. advertising and basically "communications."

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