Graphic Design is a very large field. They design advertisements and announcements for print, t-shirts, brochures, websites, literally almost anything. There are a number of paths you can take to become a graphic designer, but the following guideline will help you to determine whether you want to pay hefty prices to become professionally certified by letting you dip your toes to test out the water. Here is how:
- Start from Scratch
The first thing you need to do is to learn how to draw. Yes, draw! Do not simply download that software and jump right in to it. Instead, spend at least thirty minutes every day for thirty days, simply learning how to draw. Learn the basics of drawing while giving your hands a workout, and once completed, then you are ready to move forward into the next step. To help you complete this stage, you can invest in a book such as Learning to Draw in 30 days or Basics of drawing. Drawing is not a talent, it is an acquired skill.
- Build your Foundation
For this step, you may need to invest in a couple of other books or you can find sources online if you search really well. You would need to find a source that would teach you graphic design theory such as colour, basic typography and how to design using grids. Read as much as you can so that you have a fair understanding on basic elements that make up a picture, how to use the picture to express emotions such as why is red always depicted as hot and blue as cold, and what type of curves are calming. This will teach you how the picture translates into a story for your audience. A good book is “Picture This” by Molly Bang.
- Understand User Experience
The basics of user experience teaches you how to get your design translated to the user in a way that you want them to see it. In other words, you need your design to be relevant enough to translate the message by getting the audience to interact, engage and experience what you have designed. A good book that can help you would be “The Design of Everyday Things” by Don Norman.
- Learn Tones
While you may have covered the basics of typology in the second step, you still need to learn how to write, as text plays a very big role in design and grabbing the attention of the audience. For instance, when you use caps locks, you translate as having a very high tone to someone, almost as though you are shouting. You can search online for videos and content on Voice, Tone and Styles so that you can better communicate with your audience. You would also need to practice writing in different font styles for this step so that you can open-up on your creativity and get a feel for words.
Once these basic steps are covered, you are now equipped to start designing on your own. Give it a try to see how you do. Do not try to fix something you have been working on in the past. Instead, scrap it and start afresh and see how it works out for you. Then you would know if you want to take the steps to become professionally certified.