This is part 4 of the “Avoid the Slaps” series. If you missed the previous parts, you can follow the links below:
Last time we saw that creating awesome designs is not enough: the final product after print and production should be as awesome. That’s why I announced an upcoming course. This course is entitled:
This is part 3 of the “Avoid the Slaps” series. If you missed the previous parts, you can follow the links below:
Last time we talked about the choices you have of either working alone or in a team. Since I believe that working in a team can boost your skills, I invited you to be my teammate so that I keep sharing my hard-earned knowledge with you.
For 4 years, I’ve been working on a process that allows me to create awesome projects. Let’s think about it. You’re a graphic or product designer. How do you create awesome projects? Well, it’s a very broad question, isn’t it? I will be more specific: let’s say your artwork files are perfect. You just created a design that convinced you and your client. You feel so proud of what you have accomplished. And now… the long-awaited but most-feared step comes: print and production.
You start wondering: what is the best way to translate my design work into a tangible product? What if I mess up with the print and production files? What if I expect a specific effect, but I end up looking at something far from what I had in mind?
This is part 2 of the “Avoid the Slaps” series. If you missed the first one, here’s a link to the post:
Last time we went through 3 face slaps that you face even after you graduate:
Today I am going to share a small story with you. Like most graphic designers, I started getting freelance work. I also got employed soon after I graduated. In fact, I got accepted in many companies so I had the freedom to filter them as I wanted.
Finally, I had two choices:
#1 I work in a quiet environment, nobody tells me exactly what to do, so I am free to create any design I find suitable, and the workplace is close to where I live.
#2 I work with a team of people, my supervisor tells me what to do, and the workplace is far from home.
Both choices offer the same salary.
Take a minute and think about it. What would you choose?
Back when I was a university student majoring in Graphic Design, I used to think I’ll get all the information I needed from the classes I attended. I thought I would learn all the techniques that would allow me to create the perfect outcome. You know, those little tips, tricks and techniques that only “professionals” know about.