Graphic designers simply learn through publication to graphic design projects and applications, either by a family member who studies graphic design, at a design firm or institution. You can attend short courses in graphic design. There are hundreds of courses available on various online course platforms including Skillshare, Udemy, and How Design University.
You can learn graphic design, is mainly by being the following:
- A Self-learner
Graphic Design is the umbrella body under which various services or career path lay; including but not limited to layout design, web design, illustration, UX designer, creative director, graphic designer, and animator. Graphic Design is ever-changing according to the trend, available tools (equipment), and software.
You have to ask as many inquiries as possible, particularly those that start with ‘How?’ This will feed your passion to bring about solutions to problems, and keep you motivated in the field of graphic design.
- Following your passion
If you do not have a passion for any graphic design field, it will be very difficult to learn. Since acquiring graphic design knowledge requires practice, and if you are not enthusiastic about a special field of graphic design you will not give it your best, and lose to do sufficient or effective analysis, development and provide the best resolutions.
- Wanting to bring change
Graphic Design is about making change through resolving difficulties. If you do not want to bring the change you will not look for problems. At present, there are so many things that we see as normal, but only realize that they were a problem with them once someone brings a solution. And you could also learn from it and learn it this way
- Being innovative
Come up with great solutions to cater to your niche that has never come up before. Looking at online design competition platforms, working for NGOs, providing strategic discounts (discounts not based on money but other value), or teaching an online course on YouTube, Teachable, Skillshare, Instagram, Facebook, or Udemy.
- Learning how to be strategic
I have noticed that the best or well know designers are not that are good at what they do. Although that is an aspect, it is not what determines the success of a designer but being strategic. Designers who can interpret trends and can use them to their advantage, while remaining to their skill or style.
Is it a good job?
It will depend on what you want to achieve, the type of job you want, and the benefits that come with it.
What you want to achieve:
To bring about change
To achieve this, you need to be a studio owner or freelancer, as both of these positions allow you to make all the major decisions. So, you can work on private projects and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Make more money
Owning a corporate job will be helpful in this, but you will be bound and not end up ‘Please’ as you will not be making most of the decisions yourself. You could opt for running your own business, but it takes a while to get to the level of making more money than your expenses, and most of the problems will be handing on your shoulders. So, it depends on how it turns out.
Security is divided into two sections: job security and benefits. Therefore, choose a job that you know will be around for many years to come. Most digital jobs seem promising. Another tactic, you could choose a good-paying job that will allow you to pay for the course for another career path.
The type of job:
Online jobs are and will still be around for many years to come.
Working for yourself as a studio owner or freelancer plays a pivotal role in enjoying what you do as you make most of the decisions which allow you to bring the most suitable design solutions.
Not all graphic designers get paid the same amount. It depends on what career option you will choose.
1. An animator will be paid higher than a layout designer.
2. A creative director will be paid higher than a basic designer.
3. There some professions that do not give benefits like medical aid, car allowance, house allowance, etc. You would want to choose a career path that will allow you to get job benefits or the benefits you need at your life stage. I always put it like this 20-30 years you are allowed to be free as you are only taking care of yourself, you are more concerned about getting known and doing what you love.