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Graphic Design: For Love or Money? - Part I

graphic-designers-at-computerWhy Are You a Graphic Designer?
Or the question could also be "Why do you want to be a graphic designer?" Although these questions seem to be somewhat simplistic it is an important step in determining if you have what it takes to become one.

But let's take this a few steps beyond; you may have what it takes to become a successful graphic designer but will you be a fulfilled and happy graphic designer?

hand-and-graphic-tabletLearning from the Best
In this series we'll draw from the insights of designers not only in graphic design but other fields outside the scope of the liberal arts.

Hopefully we'll be able to glean some sage wisdom from their experiences in the real world of design.

Some of their statements will ring unusually true with us because they are based upon situations that we have either experienced or seen.

But in the long run this series will try to provide solace and wisdom to designers who "put it out there" every day for the love of designing and not necessarily the money.

Failure: The Consequences

"The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail."

--Edwin H. Land

edwin-landEdwin Land was the inventor and designer of the Polaroid Instant Camera. His invention enabled people to take photographs and have a developed print in hand in less than 60 seconds.

Land's work ethic was legendary as he would often forget to eat, change his clothes or take needed rest breaks because he was so intent on his research and development.

He would literally wear out his assistants with his incredible focus and energy. To keep up with his marathon work schedule he assigned different teams to assist him. When one team was exhausted, the next team would come in and so on.

Dr. Land understood that failure can either stop you dead in your tracts or afford valuable information and experience on how to improve and find a solution to a problem.

He opted for the later and the result of his efforts was the Instant Camera.

comedy-tragedy-desktop-pieceCreativity and Rejection
If you are in the creative arts you can probably identify with how failure or rejection can sometimes sting.

But as Edwin Land discovered, failure is sometimes the prerequisite for continued creativity and growth.

Coping with rejection and failure is easier said than done but if we can catch a glimpse of what Edward Land saw in being unafraid of failure; we can keep our creativity alive and well.

campaneli-berkeleyFirst Things First: Graphic Design School
The saying goes that you can't run before you learn to walk. Design is similar; you can't design before you have the tools. Graphic design colleges can help you to understand design principles and techniques.

Graphic design schools can polish up your raw talent and point you in the right direction for a design career so check with your local graphic design college for its course curriculum and classes.

Next Time...
If you are a graphic designer or manager and need your staff or coworkers to help you accomplish a task, have you ever wondered what the best way to motivate them is?

Find out next week in part two of Graphic Design for Love or Money. You may be surprised.

Until then, keep on designing!


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