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Is it advisable to choose graphic design as a career?

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Alwyn’s Answer

As a graphic designer who’s had a long and prosperous career, I’d say that it is a good career to pursue. Any career you choose has its pluses and minuses and that is applicable for graphic design. If you like learning and mastering all the facets of graphic design (typography, color theory, composition, applications used among a few) then you’ll enjoy being a designer. My recommendation if you choose to follow this career path is to get as many internships or (old fashioned) apprenticeships with experienced designers who are willing to mentor you in what it takes to be a thriving end employed designer. Also read, read and read as much as you can to learn as much as you can about the field. Wishing you the best of luck, patience, and diligence in learning and mastering whatever career choice you make.
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Gabriella G. Thanks for this great question.

Though I am not a graphic designer, there have been many times in my work where I wish I had "the eye" of a graphic designer. What do I mean? Most of us are visual people by nature and the beauty of that fact is that there are endless ways that we visually take in what is happening around us.

As a data analyst, I spend a significant amount of my time showing how projects can have better results using data to tell the story. While I would like to think that I have gotten better at this over time, knowing the right color schemes, good spacing, where and how to add emphasis...well these are things that I didn't start out knowing how to do. My thought is that that if I had more of a graphic design mind, my learning curve would have been a little less steep :).

Beyond the two dimensional space(powerpoint presentations or computer screens), I would imagine that good graphic designers can help in the design of tangible things...like handheld devices, watches, headbands, you name it! My thought is as long as someone will be in a position to look at it, a good graphic designer can play a big role in designing it.

Hope this answer is helpful to you. Best of luck!
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Brandi’s Answer

Going into graphic design as a career depends on what you're interested in. While trying to decide on what design career I wanted to go into, graphic design was my very first choice! But after some research I saw graphic design as a career that was based in static or non-interactive design, which doesn't align with the current trends I was seeing which was very interactive in game design, motion design, visual effects, etc. Therefore I saw graphic design as not a good career path for me, because I was seeking job stability in addition to a creative design career. Also, with having recently had an in-person graphic design marketing internship at my college I was given a brief experience of what it would be like if I was actually a graphic designer. I found that I was not fulfilled in my work, because it wasn't challenging to me except for the occasional "how do I do this (again)?". Moreover, for me graphic design just wasn't the career path for me, especially since I'm always future-oriented, thinking about how to make things innovative, and love solving problems. So for me personally graphic design wasn't for me, but this was because I took the time to not only do research on the field and the current trends, but also doing a graphic design internship to learn that it wasn't for me. Overall I would suggest doing some industry research and an internship and deciding from there. Hope this helps!

Brandi recommends the following next steps:

Research about industry and current trends
Do 1 graphic design internship (on-campus is great!)
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