You know when someone judges something without knowing anything about it? Yeah, it sucks. The majority of the time they are wrong! Here are five misconceptions people have about a career in graphic design:
- Anyone can become a graphic designer – Nope, this is just like saying only Photoshop can be used to design. But really it all comes down to the skills and talent of the user. There’s no point of having Photoshop on your PC if you don’t know how to use it. Besides, a graphic designer needs to be up-to-date with the latest trends so they can create impressive designs.
- You need a degree – It may look impressive on a CV, but having experience, the skills and a great portfolio outweigh having a certificate of higher education. So whether you’ve self-taught yourself or been to Parsons School of Design, it won’t make a difference if you can’t create eye-catching designs.
- It’s an easy job – Trust me, it definitely isn’t! Graphic designers are essentially problem-solvers for their clients. It takes hours of research, sketching and experiments for a positive outcome. Sometimes, we have to deal with customers who don’t even understand what they want and we are always held responsible if things go wrong!
- You earn loads – Maybe the ones who are hired by the big giants. But the ones whom are self-employed have a lot of competition to keep prices as low as possible. Especially when loads of clients can simply pick someone for cheap on Fiverr.
- It’s a MUST to have a fancy computer + gadgets – Wrong! As long as your PC can run the programs to create high-quality graphic design, then there’s no need for an Apple Mac. Also, don’t invest in extra bits until you know you’ll need them. Most likely you won’t!
Until next time.