February 6, 2009, Newsletter Issue #20: Is Graphic Design For You?

Tip of the Week

Were you always the kid in school with the best art project? Did you always get picked to create the lemonade stand sign? What about now? Do all your friends turn to you for an opinion on their party invitations or birth announcements? If so, you may have a natural ability for graphic design.

Graphic designers are those who strive to get messages across using visual means. They work on projects ranging from promotional material to full-scale ad campaigns and more. Brochures, packaging and logos are all things that graphic designers are called upon to do, depending on their specific role within a particular company. If this all sounds interesting, you may want to look into a career as a graphic designer.

There are many graphic design programs, ranging from basic, introductory courses to advanced degrees. To start with, you may want to research the various options in your area and see which seem appealing. If possible, it may also be helpful to sit down and talk to an actual graphic designer. Does someone in your family know a person that is already in the field? If so, they may be willing to sit down with you and talk about their career over a cup of coffee. Talking to an industry professional can be a great, low-pressure way to learn more about what it is like to work in the field.

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