How to be a Graphic Designer
Being a Graphic Designer, it is not necessary a matter of having A Graphic Design academic document
Here is what you can do, to become a good Graphic Designer without going to a Graphic Design School:
Learn basic elements for Graphic Design skills:
How to draw first: Graphic Design is about shapes and colors, just learn how to use them in a creative way.
Graphic design theory: It gives you the basics of typography, color, and designing with a grid.
How to write: A good Graphic designer is a good communicator
Learn the key softwares:
Adobe Illustrator Yes, it’s still not time to learn Photoshop yet. Better start with Illustrator first. You’ll find so many video tutorials online, and you can also try out a few textbooks. Adobe Illustrator Classroom in a Book has all the basics, and going through the first half of it could give you pretty much everything that you need to know.
There are so many other design programs out there, but these are two of the most popular. You can try to learn the other programs one by one as the need arises.
Adobe Photoshop Finally, it’s time for you to learn how to Photoshop. Again, you can find so many tutorials online, but make sure you choose only the best. Try to find stuff from PSDTuts and TutsPlus. They have great tips that are easy to understand and could really help you master the craft of Photoshopping.
Adobe InDesign If you’re going to do any print design, you’ll definitely need to learn Adobe InDesign.
Learn to find your Specialty:
Logo Design. Interested in building logos for a brand? This is a great choice. If you think that all there is to logo design is the logo itself, you are greatly mistaken. Most of the time, a designer is signed on board to create not just a logo, but an entire brand identity. This means that you would also have to imagine that logo on a wall, on an office door, on a piece of stationery, and everything else that comes with it.
Hand Lettering. If you enjoy hand lettering there is alot of demand for it right now. People are in love with hand crafted and personalized designs. Why? Because it brings a human element to design. In today’s digital world brands are seeking a hand-made aesthetic.
Mobile App Design. Mobile apps are obviously very much in demand, but you also have to be ready for a lot of competition. Tapworthy is one book that you may want to go through should you want to concentrate on this niche.
Web Design. Obviously, this is one of the popular choices when it comes to specialization. Try reading The Principles of Beautiful Web Design as it has all the basics you need. Feel free to jump from one website to another as well, taking note of the design aspects that you like the most about each website you see.
Now, it’s so easy to start building your own portfolio. Start out with a few concepts and then bring them to life. Find friends who may be needing your services, and try to pitch some of your ideas. Mind you, the first few attempts at trying to get your first clients would be challenging. But once you make the first one happy, everything else will just fall into place.
Be Creative, Be Exceptional, Learn the Graphic design business, Market your brand.