A lot of you guys have been messaging // emailing me about how to get started as a graphic designer. It's awesome too see so many of you guys wanting to start a career as a graphic designer but a lot of you aren't sure how to get started and that is totally okay. So that's why I have decided to do this post on how to get started in graphic designing. So here are some of the more common questions I get asked & a few tips.
1 ) Figure out what you want to do as a Graphic Designer.
The first thing you need to do is figure out what you want to do as a graphic designer. Do you want to be a freelancer or work for a company? Do you want to design logos, merchandise, websites or typography? Before you even do anything search around on Google or Bing for different types of graphic designing and figure out what appeals to you.
I mostly do logo & merchandise design. There are a lot of different areas out there in design to choose from. Figuring out what area of graphic design you want to do will help you decided if you should go to college or not which is what we will talk about next.
2 ) Should you go to college?
Yes, no and maybe. I know you were probably looking for the quick yes or no answer but this is one of those things that honestly just depends on what exactly you want and plan on doing as a graphic designer.
If you plan on working for a company as a designer you may want to consider going to college. Some jobs for companies do require some kinda degree so if you plan on that it might be a good idea but there are also a lot of jobs now who are just focusing on your work and don't care if you went to college or not.
If you plan on being a freelancer(like myself) you may also consider some college. I didn't go to college I learned everything by messing around with the Adobe programs, watching YouTube videos & taking a few courses on Udemy. None of my clients care if I even went to college or how I learned. They all care about on thing, the work and how good it is. People like my style and previous stuff I've done and that is enough for them to work with me.
So college is really up to you and the path you choose for designing. There are plenty of ways to learn graphic designing and how to use the different programs. But in the end its all about your work.
Good artists copy; great artists steal. - Pablo Picasso
3 ) What programs should you be using?
This is a question I get asked a lot. There are a few different programs out there that will get the job done and no one would ever know that you maybe used some free program or something that isn't adobe. But in my opinion I think you should be using adobe programs.
One reason I think you should be using adobe programs is that a lot of print shops use them. If you are going to be creating a logo or thirty design for a client you will need to have a print ready file and now days most screen printers want it to be a PSD or AI file. So if you are already using those programs it makes it easier. Adobe programs also have a lot more features to them than any of the free ones like gimp, I skate or paint.net. mother great thing is that you can go on adobe.com and you can pay monthly and get the programs you need. Right now I pay about $11 a month for the programs I need and the great thing about that is I always have the latest version of the programs. I used to use a free downloaded version I found online and it would take a long time to open and would crash in the middle of a design and that's never fun.
4 ) Should you use Mac or PC?
Now here is the question I get the most. Should you be using a Mac or PC. I myself am a PC guy. But honestly it doesn't matter which one you choose to use. I personally don't like that you have to buy all those extra things for Mac. It ends up costing you way more money when you could spend half the amount and get a PC that will do the same thing. Your work isn't going to b better just because you use a Mac. So again your work is going to speak for itself. So use what you like not what is popular. I suggest if you are just starting out get a PC because it's going to be a lot less money and if you are just starting out you aren't going to be having clients and you aren't going to be making a lot of money so until you are making more money there really isn't a reading to have a Mac unless that's just what you prefer. Either way just make sure you get something that can run the programs you are using.
I hope this helps answer some of your guys questions. If you anymore questions leave a comment or fill out my contact form on the site. Please share & like if you found this helpful.