With products and services depending largely on good design to appeal to their customers, the demand for designers with excellent design skills is increasing day by the day.
Graphic design is a profession, not a trade. Of course, there is plenty you can learn by doing, and there are plenty of ways to get into design without a degree. But at the end of the day, proper understanding of the fundamentals of the discipline, including concepts like grid theory, color theory, typography and the golden ratio, is vital.
For many designers, this is where a formal design education really shows its value. There are plenty of options, from full university degrees to focused short courses to distance learning setups, and if you’re strapped for cash there are even some decent free graphic design courses.
Whether web design, mobile or logo design, stake your claim. Deciding on a specialty early in your design career helps you spend more time developing relevant technique.
Great design tends to stand out. Whether it’s simple like this classic Ferrari made in 1951 or complex, there is a remarkable quality about the piece. You take one look and you just know: it pops! That’s what you want. Keep working on your piece until it pops, and when it will, you will know, because people will stare.