Do you have a creative side and an eye for aesthetics? Have you ever wanted to share this with the world? If so, maybe graphic design is something for you. Graphic design is a type of communication style where designers express their messages in the form of pictures, texts, and symbols. In other words, it is an artform of visual ideas. Graphic designers are like storytellers. They use their knowledge of typography, photography, and page layout for creating their compositions, both in digital and print form.
Some people are natural artists who have theaptitude for photography, drawing and expression. But this does not mean those without an artistic prowess are unable to learn graphic design. In fact, many universities, vocational schools, and even online learning sites teach graphic design these days. Companies like Udemy have many graphic design courses ranging from beginner to expert. The courses are taught by college professors or experts in the field and cost little to no money to enroll. Additionally, another online learning site called Lynda teaches graphic design but on a subscription basis. Lastly, Coursera is another online schooling option. However, they charge either a subscription or a flat fee to learn with them. Though, they offer the option to audit the courses, but nothing will be graded. All sites offer a certificate of completion when all course material has been viewed and all assignments have been submitted.
So, what does it take to be a graphic designer? It takes an honest interest in art and visual communication, an “eye” for style, and the ability to think outside the box. Anyone could be a graphic designer and doing so can be fun and rewarding. Not to mention the freedom and flexibility it allows an individual. To get started you typically need tools like Adobe Creative Suite or programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Learning how to draw or sketch by hand is useful too. Graphic designers work on a wide range of projects; anywhere from designing logos, signs and business cards; to designing posters, flyers, magazine graphics, and websites. A budding graphic designer could learn their craft in as little as a few months.
So, you have the skills, now what? Graphic design is a very in-demand skill so there are no shortages of work. Some graphic designers choose to freelance their skills. There are many sites online that connect freelancers to clients, such as Upwork and Fiverr. Additionally, searching the web, getting referralsby word of mouth, and the classified job sections of sites like Craigslist are a great way to pick up work. Some companies and businesses hire graphic designers to work as part of their team. Graphic design can also act as a stepping stone to advance your position in your already existing career.Last, but not least, graphic design could be just another fun hobby or a method to destress from life. It can be a great way to let your creative side loose all while being therapeutic in the process.