The journey from being a design student to becoming a professional designer is not an easy one. When young people enter the creative field, they are left with many questions in their head which they don’t have answers for. If you are an aspiring designer, then you can learn from these nine tips to kick start your career.
Whether you are given the task to design banners, portfolios, resumes, or blog posts, you need to eye every tiny detail. Make sure your work is flawless when you present it. You are a professional and you should not give someone any reason to doubt it.
Success Doesn’t Come Overnight
Some of you may have exceptional skills and would be aware of that. Don’t let a little appreciation get to your head. Being successful takes time, so be patient and give your best at work.
Build Your Online Portfolio
Create your social media profile as a professional designer. Some useful platforms are Behance, LinkedIn, and a Facebook Page. Maintain your design portfolio by adding all your best work to it. You never know when someone will need to Google you!
Research, Research, and Research!
Take plenty of time to know your client’s business in detail before working on it. Spend several hours to make notes and ask a lot of questions. You should start your work only when you are 100% sure about the client’s motives, strategy, and needs.
Stay Updated with Trends
Being good at your work is not sufficient, but you also need to be updated about the latest trends in the market. Observe other designers’ work and take inspiration from them when necessary, but never copy!
Buy a small Sketchbook
As a designer, you would always have ideas and thoughts at the most unusual places. Make sure to keep a small sketching pad in your bag/pocket when you are traveling or not working. This would help you note down any new designs.