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Five things you must know before becoming a graphic designer

Five things you must know before becoming a graphic designer

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Dharmendra Ahuja

Does working in a graphic design agency seem fascinating to you? Well, if you are someone who loves to convert creative imagination into a compelling design, then you must look at this career path. As a graphic designer, one needs to have a flair and eye for aesthetics that they can put out on offline and online channels. It involves a good software and artistic skill set to play around with including knowledge about text, images and layouts. If  you are confident about these skills then joining a graphic design agency can be a life-changing decision for you.

Pursuing graphic design as a career is overwhelming for many. It comes with various perks to enjoy work life and your social  life together. But have you ever wondered how working in a graphic design agency can actually feel like? What keeps the creative design team charged all day when there are such tight deadlines?

The journey of a graphic designer in an agency is not limited to work. They share a special bond with copywriters, creative directors, the clients’ marketing teams, etc. Decant payout also means that they get a little amount of sleep. If you’re thinking of joining a graphic design agency, also need to be ready to consume mugs of coffee to deliver that final revision of the design.

The feeling of being at a graphic design agency. The journey of a fresher to being a graphic design master is not a cakewalk. Working at a graphic design agency throws multiple curveballs that can actually bring out the best and most creative version hidden in you. If you are thinking of joining a graphic design agency, accept the fact that you will develop a unique working style and start looking at the world from a different perspective. There will be a daily hustle of finding good fonts, a compelling layout and learning new tools and software. 

Considering the daily life of a designer, graphic design agencies echo with the sound of super-fast changes, constant urge to meet deadlines and finding one great thing that pushes the client to say ‘go ahead’. The daily challenges in a graphic design agency motivate the designer to keep going and use creative instincts to create visually stunning templates.

Coordination with team and clients

To craft impactful ideas, a good graphic design agency will always have a full-fledged team of art / creative directors, illustrators, graphic designers, copywriters or content writers and other members. A graphic designer is the one who absorbs the ideas coming from multiple team members and has to put it in the best possible design-centric way. Thus, coordination with the team and client is one of the biggest job roles in a graphic designer’s life.

Sticking to a real schedule

Every day comes with new opportunities (problems as it is first seen) and responsibilities. Graphic designers are always occupied with multiple tasks in a time frame. Mainly, graphic designing agencies work from 9 to 5 with weekends off. However, there can always be extended hours at work. Thus, graphic designers need to stick to a real schedule to avoid disbalance of their work lives.

 Processing the artwork/design

The actual job of a graphic designer demands multiple skillsets – creative, artistic and being well versed in different software. From creating a rough draft to adding minute details in the final layout, everything depends on their software knowledge. While working at a graphic design agency, one is required to have good hands-on experience on popular software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, CorelDraw, etc.

Multiple revisions and final draft

This is the most crucial part of a designer’s life. After countless hours of brainstorming with the team and changing the design after multiple revisions comes the final copy of the design. Until the final version is not approved by the client, the designer’s brain keeps ticking to create another better version of the design.

 Enjoying every bit of the working hours

A good graphic design agency cannot run without chai, coffee or music. These are the biggest essentials that keep the creative professionals going. Since graphic designers have to work long hours, it is the coffee that keeps them energetic along with good music to stay creative. These habits become a part of their life.

Bottomline

Before joining a graphic design agency, it is always recommended to understand the depth of the work and dedication it requires to be on top. Working as a graphic designerdesign requires versatility, creative imagination and sound software knowledge. It is considered a practical, creative and advanced career option that can help them grow in the field of design which is vast and ever evolving.  serve the career of the designer with a number of specialities.

The writer is Founder & CEO, PitchWorx

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