There is much misinformation when we talk about graphic design and identity design. One may believe that if they learn a tool online they can call themselves graphic designers and start charging for it, but there is much, much more to it, people wouldn't graduate in graphic design if all it took was an udemy online course.
1. Graphic design is easy ( Correction : It is not )
One of the biggest misconceptions about graphic design is that it is easy to be a graphic designer. Just because we graphic designers sit in front of the computer most of the time, people have thought that designing is easy and less stressful. But in reality, graphic design is just the same as other jobs that require a lot of experience, knowledge and much, much dedication
"Design is intelligence made visible"
2. Costumers are always right ( Correction : No they are not )
People think that clients are always in total control of the output just because graphic designers are paid to do their demands. Graphic designers make use of stylers and techniques to create a design and apply what we have learned from our education, books and seminars in order to make a good and effective design in each project.
"You are serving a customer, not a life sentence. Learn how to enjoy your work."
3. Anyone can be a graphic designer ( try it )
This perhaps is the biggest fallacy of all. Graphic design is not just some mumbo-jumbo where playing with photoshop entitles a person to call himself a graphic designer. Being a graphic designers is a lifestyle. We have to live and breathe art and design. We have to do extensive studying and research before presenting a design proposal to clients. Moreover we need to be a well-rounded sociable person who can deal with people from all walks of life, not to mention that we must have the knowledge in handling our finances.
"Walk it like you talk it"
4. Design is only done on the computer all the time
Most student designers tend to undervalue creating rough sketches on paper because they would rather design directly in the computer. But what they don't know is that the greatest design ideas start off with a sketch and letting them flow trough a sheet of paper.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
Thursday, January 9, 2020