How well do you know Graphics Design? Do you think it’s an easy job, a way to make more money, or do you think it’s just visual?
According to AIGA, graphics design is an art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences that involves image and textual content. It is also known as communication design. The form of the communication can be actual or virtual, and may include images, texts, or graphics forms.
Drawing and Photoshop
Back then, I always love to sketch and draw. Art takes a vital role for who I really am. I was 14 when I started using Adobe Photoshop. I can still remember that I had one of the oldest versions of Photoshop; Adobe Photoshop 3. I learned to use the different tools out of curiosity.
My Misconceptions About Graphics Design
When I started doing graphics design, I realized that it was not as easy as I thought it was. It was like a roller coaster experience for me because because in order for me to learn and enhance my skill,I had to learn a great deal. Even up to now, I know I still have to learn more about it. Indeed, learning is a continuous process.
Now, let me share to you my 8 misconceptions about graphics design now and then. I think we have have the same misconceptions too!
8. Graphics Designers Charge Too Much and Make Big Money
This may be true if you are in the industry for many years already, let’s say around 5, 10, or 20 years and proved a lot. It is a universal rule that when you are a neophyte, you may be paid a little less. In my case, I accepted less fees as I started.
Most people think that we are charging too much for the work that we are doing, without even realizing the process that goes into every project that we work on. They think that the reason we charge too much is for us to make more money.
I’ll tell you this. If a brand has a nice logo and is appreciated by consumers, do you think the graphic artists were being acknowledged for that? Not most of the time, right? Personally, it is okay not to be acknowledged as long as we are paid accordingly. Artist fees depend on their value and their relevance in the industry.
7. It’s an easy job
Before, I thought that graphics designing was just an easy job. It may be one of the reasons why people think artists should not charge too much.
Now, as a graphic artist, I would say that doing our job is not easy. A graphic artist follow certain processes in order to achieve the requests and demands of the clients. He considers different factors too; from the colors, to the text styling, to the positioning of the subjects and more.
Graphics designing is very dynamic and you have to deal with the trial and error process. This is a job that consumes a lot of time making drafts in order to realize a specific output or an artwork.
6. There are no rules in graphic designing
In everything that we do, there should be rules in order for us to attain harmony and coordination. Graphic designing is not exempted from that. I never knew this not until I became part of the artistry.
Yes, graphics designing is dynamic, however, the dynamism follows a certain rule. The rule is dynamic too. Graphics designing is like problem solving, with set of rules and parameters that an artist should adhere unto.
5. Everything you need is the internet
Internet may be a place where you can have some of the resources that you need in doing graphics. However, it is limited. I really thought before that everything is in the internet. I was wrong.
There are times when you need other media to construct your masterpiece. You would need a pen, sketchpad, pencils, etc. Most graphic artists are also using other media aside from the internet. I am one of those artists who uses a pen and sketchpad to create an initial illustration of the graphic that I wish to produce.
4. You need a degree or a certification
When I was seeking a graphic design job online, it was not easy because part of the requirement should be a graduate of such course or an equivalent certification. This hindered me to pursue my passion in graphic design, for the following reasons; I am not a graduate of a course related to graphic design, my folio was limited, and I still can’t showcase what I am capable of.
I know a lot graphic artists out there who had no degrees in graphic design but pursued to for mere passion! I am proud to say that I am one of them. I pursued graphic designing with courage and dedication and most importantly, I had the drive and passion!
Yes, I had no degree in graphic designing but I now have a portfolio that I can show to people.
Being a graphic designer is not limited to people who have degrees and certifications but, it is really a BIG PLUS FACTOR if you have it.
I am glad that there are people who trusted me with their graphic needs. I think you can also name a few creative people with no degrees or certification in graphics designing who could do graphics better than those who have one.
3. Doing it freelance is the best way to earn a living
Personally, freelancing is never the best way to earn a living. As a graphic artist, it was never easy to get clients. The competition is tight and there are lots of talented graphic artists out there.
Why is it not the best way to earn a living?
First, freelancing is never stable unless you have an existing client who asks you to do the job for them.
Second, it’s a one step at a time process in most cases. You have to work hard and create your brand in order for you to be known in the industry. It may take more time for you to create a brand, unless you become influential enough.
Third, once you had created your own portfolio and made happy clients then referrals will follow, but not all the time. Hence, freelancing is never easy. It is easier said than done.
2. Designers do the same kind of work and sometimes plagiarize.
As an artist, there should always be a distinguishing factor in your works but sometimes, people think that you are just doing the same kind of work. There is also a limit for each graphic artists. That’s why companies may hire other artists to do the revamp of their logo, or a design company may hire new graphic artists to have new approach to graphics design.
Graphic designers have their own unique approach and individuality.
Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s work or ideas, and is widely known as intellectual theft. However, we should be aware that it does not always follow or warrant plagiarism if your portfolio has a resemblance from other projects.
Have you ever asked yourself if you have never been inspired by others? Have you not created something because you had been impassioned by someone else’s work? For me, it is never wrong to say, ‘this work is inspired by or from…’
It is never wrong to be influenced by other artists. It is highly possible also that an artist may present a graphic that has a resemblance from other graphics.
1. Graphics Design is just visual
This topped my list because before, I thought graphics designing is just visual. I was very wrong.
Graphics designing is very deep. It is more than just visual. It is made to deliver a message, to imply various ideas, emotions, textures, or even the perception of senses. That’s the challenge of a real design. It should speak more than what can be seen.
My Final Thoughts About Graphics Design
Sometimes in life, we have to see things the other way around in order for us to realize and see a clearer picture. Misconceptions and apprehensions can happen anytime.
Who would have thought that I would be able to do graphics design? I even asked myself how I did it. I had doubts and fears, of course but the misconceptions never stopped me pursuing it. I immersed myself to see the real fresco.
There was something inside me saying that I had to do it. It may be uncertain at first and I finally knew the reason; because I can do it!
‘If others can do it, why can’t I?’ This really pushed me to work hard, to bring out the best in me.
I am an aspiring multimedia artist. I do photography, videography, video editing, graphic designing, and web designing and development.
How about you? What were your apprehensions in life? You might be doing things now you that you thought you couldn’t do in graphics design or life in general, right?