Top Myths About Graphic Design Careers - Part II
In our last article, Top Myths About Graphic Design Careers, we covered several misconceptions regarding graphic design "wisdom" such as, "The Customer is Always Right," "Constructive Criticism is Always Beneficial," and "Exceptional Talent is All You Need."
While all of these sayings carry a certain amount of truth, the reality of the situation is quite different when compared to real world dynamics.
In Part 2 of this series we'll finish up on the myths related to graphic design careers and also offer some practical advice on how to thrive in this interesting line of work.
"It's Easy To Come Up with Ideas"
You are given an assignment to produce an illustration or graphic that encompasses everything the product Jiffy Clean, an all purpose dish-washing liquid, does. You are instructed to, "Make it humorous and memorable." You stare at your sketchpad or computer monitor full of ideas that don't work and wonder, "How am I ever going to finish this one?"
Coming up with good ideas isn't as easy as it sounds. If anything, creative blocks are one of the most common experiences for people in graphic design or any career where creativity is an essential element of job function.
Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb and other inventions, said that genius was "99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration." In the graphic design world, the equation can be turned around where it can sometimes be "99 inspiration and 1 percent perspiration."
"You Don't Need Additional Education"
When digital graphics programs started to arrive on the scene during the late 1980s, some graphic artists were reluctant to come on board and adapt to the new technology. They preferred to do things the "old-school" way.
Today it is rare for a graphic designer to not be fluent in at least one or two of the leading graphics software programs.
It is essential to keep sharp and up-to-date in the field of graphic design. You can do this though continued education. This can be done by reading industry magazines, Internet articles, attending seminars or taking classes at a graphic design school, college or distance learning programs.
Those who are able to keep up with the ever changing field of graphic design will have a better understanding of current trends, the latest graphic design tools, and direction of where graphic design is headed in addition to possible advancement opportunities.
The Pressure Cooker
Deadlines are a way of life for all graphic designers. You may be working for a design firm or are self-employed, but deadlines are something that all graphic designers must hold near and dear.
Instead of dreading deadlines, these ubiquitous reminders that projects are due can work in your favor by giving you the needed incentive to work smarter, and more effectively.
Obtaining solid career training at a graphic design college can help you understand and prepare for the pressure cooker world of tight schedules. You'll learn basic and advanced principles in design in addition to turning in your assignments on time--or in other words, meeting your deadlines.
Last Words on Myths
To sum up all the myths we have covered in the last two articles we could boil them down to, "Be prepared, be educated, be mindful, be communicative, and be on time!"
Tale care and always have fun designing!