Becoming a graphic designer
153 views | +0 today
Becoming a graphic designer
Things to look at for people getting into the graphic design field
Curated by Malorie Lewis
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Malorie Lewis
Scoop.it!

So you want to be a graphic designer? - 3thought

So you want to be a graphic designer? - 3thought | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
If you're thinking about getting into the business of graphic design there a few things you should know, and here's some advice from your friends at 3thought.
Malorie Lewis's insight:

this is about becoming a graphic designer and this website is by 3thought, a graphic design company.

more...
Malorie Lewis's comment, March 3, 2013 7:56 AM
i'm going to paraphrase the list of classes for my education section
Malorie Lewis's comment, March 3, 2013 7:57 AM
i'm going to paraphrase the part about skills
Scooped by Malorie Lewis
Scoop.it!

Skills Needed to Become a Graphic Designer

Skills Needed to Become a Graphic Designer | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
Becoming a graphic designer can be a great career boost. If you enjoy working with people and new technology, you may have the required skills.
more...
Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:36 AM
Most graphic designers these days need to get a BFA, which is a bachelor of fine arts degree in the area that they are going to work in. Some designers instead go through whats called a Adobe Certified Expert exam to gain professional level certifications.
Scooped by Malorie Lewis
Scoop.it!

So You Want to Be a Graphic Designer? | Creativeoverflow

So You Want to Be a Graphic Designer? | Creativeoverflow | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
There are a lot of people that think being a graphic designer is easy. Sure it looks fun and is fun at times, but what they don't see is the behind the scenes work that takes place to make a success of the chosen career field.
more...
Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:29 AM
So many of us aspiring artists/designers, wonder to ourselves, what exactly does it take to become a graphic designer? Well firstly, many graphic design jobs require a degree whether it be associates or bachelors. But it takes much more than just a fancy degree from some college. Why you may ask? Because you can't just learn art like you can for math or something of the sorts. There's no one way to do things when it comes to being a designer. You need imagination and an eye for what makes things look good and what doesn't. Without that you won't make it far, whether still in the classrooms or once you enter the real world.

For making a 'good design', there has to be some sort of order to it, but at the same time there is no exact formula for what makes a design good, or a design bad. Additionally, not only do you require talent and you need to know the theories behind what makes a good design, you need to be culturally aware of what goes on around you. Whether it being what the latest trends are, or if there is a movement to go green, it can and will affect the designs you do.

As a graphic designer, you have to know the theories and the fundamentals, such as how to correctly use white space, leading, contrast, and how to incorporate color. Additionally, you must understand the fundamental elements that make things look eye pleasing and something that can attract attention. So you need to have a good understanding of the cultural meaning behind the design, because for example, maybe you live somewhere where you say pop instead of soda, and so in an ad you created, it says pop, but if the culture around you stopped using that slang term, it would lower your marketability of that ad.

Graphic designers are the 'front line' in terms campaigns in the world of entertainment, marketing, and even government. They build up the visual art that accompanies any and all cultural movements, whether it be something like an ad for a video game, to the campaigns for the presidential campaign. They even design the logos for your local newspapers, some designers even specialize in the designing the widgets for websites. So all in all, graphic designers are all around us and the field of graphic design is very competitive, if you have the right stuff, you can do what you've dreamed of doing.
Scooped by Malorie Lewis
Scoop.it!

Naptural85 - Natural Hair Care Tips - Blog Content - How To Become A Graphic Designer | Extra Tidbits!

Naptural85 - Natural Hair Care Tips - Blog Content - How To Become A Graphic Designer | Extra Tidbits! | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
Hey Guys!

I'm so pumped you guys liked my How To Become A Graphic Designer | Pros Cons & What...
Malorie Lewis's insight:

this is a site of a graphic designer and she answers questions from people and if you scroll down, she talks about her youtube channel and has a video on becoming a graphic designer, and even the pros and cons

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Malorie Lewis
Scoop.it!

10 Essential Skills Every Graphic Designer Should Have - Design Reviver

10 Essential Skills Every Graphic Designer Should Have - Design Reviver | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
more...
Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:32 AM
Typography:

One skill that a good graphic designer needs is typography, while many people overlook this skill, it can be the key thing that can get you a job at a advertising firm. This can be the difference between looking like an amateur and looking like a professional graphic designer. To understand typography, you need to have a firm understanding of font families, tracking, kerning and what is appropriate use of line-height. Because the advertising industry is mostly about communication and communicating to people a message, it needs good typography.
Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:32 AM
Print Design and Layout:

A must have skill that many employers look for is an understanding of the digital print production. It is vital to be able to use programs such as desktop publishing programs. To known print design it also requires that you know the concepts of things such as color separations, grid layout and master pages.
Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:32 AM
Photography

To be looked upon as being a well-rounded graphic designer, you’ll need to be able to take a good picture. If you happen to work somewhere where you can get your hands on a camera, use it. A camera that can provide enough light to illuminate the subject, such as using a flash on a camera.

Also, a camera you would want to use is one that takes good looking pictures, so you need one that provides good pixel resolution so your picture doesn’t come out blurry. A general rule of thumb for most designers and photographers is anything below 6 megapixels shouldn’t be used as it produces low quality pictures.
Scooped by Malorie Lewis
Scoop.it!

How to Start a Career in Graphic Designing

How to Start a Career in Graphic Designing | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
Graphic designers create and generate images for consumer products, advertising, video games and just about everything else in our society.
more...
Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:26 AM
Apply to an art school or a college with a good graphic design program. The Art Institutes website is a good place to start. Some graphic artists complete a program at an art school and some get a college diploma and major in art. There are pros and cons to both approaches; you will need a degree, but graphic design talent and skill will get you further than the degree itself.”
Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:26 AM
Begin building your portfolio. You can include pieces that you've designed as a student as well as those you have developed at your internship. A portfolio of your work will be important as you interview for full time jobs”