Go to School
If at all possible, get some formal education through college. Many community colleges offer graphic design classes at a reasonable price. Taking classes will give you practice designing and teach you designing principals and theories. It will also give you the opportunity to meet and work with other students with goals similar to yours. Also, after you graduate, simply having the degree will help you get chosen for a job in your field.
Do Online Tutorials
There are thousands of tutorials available for free online. Completing these will help you learn how to use common designing software.
Books are also a valuable resource in learning how to design. It is best to check out most of your books from the library so you don’t have to buy them. You should read books about the software your are going to be using, graphic design history, art history, color theory, business, and human relations.
Practice Your Skills
You might not have a job yet, but you can still act like you do. In your free time, give yourself mock projects to complete. This will give you practice doing these things, and when you do get a job, you will already have some experience.
Start Your Own Blog
Keep track of what you learn, and share it with others at the same time. If you forget something and would like to review it again, just return to your blog and it will be right there for you. It also gives you something to show off to your friends and potential clients.
Do Freelance Work
If possible, try to get some freelance jobs online. Even if they don’t pay much, they will give you practice and experience. If it is okay with your clients that your freelancing for, you might also be able to use some of this work in your portfolio.
Keep Your Work
Keep all of the work you do. You never know what you will want to use later. You can put your best work in a portfolio. You can also email samples of some of your best work to clients for review. Even if something isn’t your best work, you may want to refer to it later for ideas or to make improvements on it. If you keep even the work you don’t like, such as your very first attempts at a web page, you can refer back to it and see how much you’ve improved.
Look at Other People’s Work
Pay attention to web pages, package designs, and promotional materials created by someone else. Follow design trends. Think about what works and what doesn’t.
Learn Business Skills
Learning some business skills is necessary if you want to have your own business or do freelance work.
Positive thought can improve your design. If you don’t think that you are any good, or that you can’t improve, you won’t be able to do a good job.…
Go to School
Online do-it-yourself graphic arts is on the rise for many reasons, but two are primary:
By doing your own graphics design, you can save 30% to 50% on the final cost of your printed materials.
The average person has become computer aware to the point that most people can do their own design and end up with a very professional this in mind, many large trade printing companies are making the software required to do on line graphics available to their printing customers and resellers. With this growth, there is also considerable capital expenditure going into, not only the software, but other requirements like appealing backgrounds. The backgrounds are sized and laid out according to the printed media they support, and are categorized for the wide number of businesses or trades they represent.
For example, we recently went to one of the DIY Graphics sites and reviewed the available backgrounds for business cards. There were 25 separate categories of backgrounds for business cards with anywhere from 20 to 100 individual backgrounds in each category. Following are examples of the categories:
Abstracts – Colorful tie-died backgrounds that fit nicely into more creative professions like writing or designs
Animals – Variety of pets and farm animals for grooming or pet retail businesses
Babies – Ideal for announcing a new addition to the family or advertising handmade baby wear.
Beauty – Appealing backgrounds for stylists, skin specialists, nail technicians and more.
Business – A broad category of many backgrounds that range from office settings to business people shaking hands to creative representations of a single world of business.
Colorful – This category provides bright and contrasting colors with the goal of catching the eye. This category would apply to paint businesses, art stores, art schools and more.
Construction – Specific to the construction industry, this category offers many backgrounds showing different phases of construction, including design, earth moving, building, etc.
Fashion – Trendy and colorful, these are great for fashion design or retail.
Floral – Flower arrangements, flower gardens and more that are ideal for the floral business.
Food – Mouth watering and focused on restaurants, cooking schools, chefs or catering.
Jewelry – Great backgrounds for the jewelry retail, jewelry consignment, or jewelry design.
Landmarks – Used to professionally promote tourism, politics or initiatives of many kinds.
Scenery – Several options for these, including therapy, relaxation skills, meditation, etc.
Law and Justice – Designed for attorneys, judges and government offices.
Medical – These are directed towards doctors, nurses, hospital administration, medical supplies and more.
Nature – Great backgrounds for environmental businesses, recycling, all natural products, etc.
Real Estate – Apply to residential or commercial real estate.
Sport – For sports teams, coaches, trainers, schools, training camps, etc.
Technology – Can be used for people involved in internet marketing, hi tech sells, web sites, search engine optimization and more.
Transportation – Wide variety of cars, trucks, vintage cars, futuristic cars which could be used for car salesmen, mechanics, parts houses, etc.
Travel – Exotic locations, sunsets, palm trees, around the swimming pool and more. Great backgrounds for travel agents, tour guides or any other tourism types of businesses.
Wedding – Bride and Grooms in many different settings before the wedding, during the wedding, after the wedding, leaving the wedding, etc. Good for wedding planners, conference centers, hotels and above are just a few examples of the many categories and backgrounds available to the do-it-yourself graphic artist for business cards. The main message to convey is that there are not many trades, businesses, vocations or events that DIY Graphic Artist could not find an appropriate, professional background for.…