A guide to becoming an Art designer
Being a designer is one of those dream jobs where people often wonder “How did they manage that?”.
Well, worry not, because this piece is going to serve as a guide to let you know the fundamentals you will need to become a designer.
Research the Designer Landscape
Because of the nature of the job (and how cool it is), being able to stand out in the designer crowd can be somewhat tricky. Not only that, but what businesses and individuals are looking for changes very frequently, so it is important to do your research.
One of the things to take into consideration here is the type of role you would like to be in as a designer – there are many!
Once you have decided which role will suit you the best, you can move on to the next step. If you are struggling to understand what all the titles mean and what would be best for you, simply focus on what kind of design challenges you would enjoy facing, and these answers should organically narrow down the types of design roles that will suit you best.
Make, Create, Practice!
The most important part of being a designer is to actually be able to design things. The best way to get good at designing anything is to practice and experiment, then practice some more! To really hone in on your skills and learn some tips, tricks, and expertise from some of the best in the industry, consider enrolling on an online art school. This can improve your technique tenfold, and also give you access to insider information and tips to begin your art designer career.
Talk with Other Designers
A crucial step for any career path is to speak with those who are either like-minded, with similar goals, or those who are already on the career path you wish to begin on. This is one of the best ways to learn things you didn’t know that you didn’t know! This can be essential to the progression and evolution of your work and the journey to your new job.
That being said, make sure to talk to other people too, who are not part of the art and design scene. Essentially, all art and design roles will lead back to people with experience, so getting their input, listening to them, empathizing, and understanding them can influence your work in a significant and unique way.
Showcase Your Work
With social media platforms and easy to build websites, there is no reason not to get your work showcased and out there to people while you are building up your portfolio and skills. We will all experience not feeling good enough or thinking our work isn’t good enough along a new journey, but it is important to remember that: a) that might not be the truth and b) even if it is, the feedback from consumers or businesses is essential for growth, whether you accept the feedback, act on the feedback, or even reject it!