5 Steps to Becoming a Graphic Designer
Steve Berman | Art Bistro
Step Three: Be Observant
The best advice to give a prospective graphic designer is to absolutely immerse yourself in the world of graphic design. Don’t just focus on design trends you like — the ones you don’t like can be equally important! Check out the differences between advertisements in newspapers, magazines, web sites, and every other form of media.
Another way to make sure you’re up on what’s hot is to join design forums (like ArtBistro!). Joining online communities is a great way to stay up on the latest trends and see what your peers are working on. It’s also a great place to network.
Being observant doesn’t just pertain to consuming media, either. A key skill any graphic designer needs is the ability to listen to your client and translate their vision into the dynamic artistic message they’re looking to convey.