Design Studio 1 – Week 1

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It’s the start of a new trimester at uni so this means a new subject: Studio 1. The first project is to design a deck of playing cards that conforms to a particular design style. And the style I’ve chosen is…(pretend you can hear a drumroll) Art Deco.

So I’ll give you a bit of background information on the Art Deco movement. Picture this: it was the 1920s, or as it has been called “The Roaring Twenties,” and World War I was over. The future was looking good and so began an era of glamour, frivolity and luxury, the age of Jazz. The Art Deco movement began. It was found in numerous art forms: architecture, interior design, fashion, graphic design, paintings and film. It is a very decorative style and is recognised by a simple, clean shapes (stylised floral and sunrise patterns), streamlined forms and geometric patterns (chevrons and ziggurats). It employs design principles such as symmetry and repetition of elements.

Art Deco has a number of influences including:

  • Art Nouveau
  • Cubism
  • Futurism
  • Modernism
  • Neo-Classicism
  • Bauhaus

There are two prime examples of architecture in America that represent the Art Deco style: New York’s Chrysler Building and Radio City Music Hall.

Chrysler Building Chrysler Building Radio City Music Hall

Here are some other examples of the Art Deco movement:

AD Design AD Architecture Decor AD Door AD Designs AD Doors AD Architecture AD Architecture AD Designs

For my project, I’ve decided to focus on the specific Art Deco style that’s seen in architecture. This is all the streamlined, geometric patterns and lines. I’ve chosen this style because I really like geometric designs and how each separate part comes together to create one whole, sleek design – I like the symmetry of it all. I’ve found a few tutorials to get me started in creating geometric patterns (Tut 1Tut 2 & a Great Gatsby Style Generator) but for the final design I will come up with my own design. The colours I’ve chosen to work with are black, white and gold.

For the characters (King, Queen and Jack) I’ve found some images of men and women from the 1920s. For each one I am planning to edit a few little areas to add some gold into the characters outfits. For example, the king has a top hat so I’ll add some gold to the band on the hat, and I’ll also change his bow tie, buttons and cuff links to gold.

Until next week

– KH

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Websites: Good vs. Not So Good

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This week I’m going to show you a very impressive website and then another website that is not really as impressive.

Impressive Site:

http://grainandmortar.com

So what elements from this website could be used in my own web designs…all of them? Ok, I’ll try to just pick a few.

  • It’s really simple and minimal!
  • The simplicity of the navigation. The main navigation is fixed at the top of the page and there are other sets of navigation panels to get around other pages.
  • Text and icons are highlighted when you hover over them.
  • The website is a long scrolling site. You can just keep strolling instead of clicking through a whole heap of links. (Side note: I found another great example of super effective scrolling is: http://www.quoplus.com Enjoy!)
  • The images. They are big, great quality and help to promote the website. They also use a number of handy illustrations/icons for different sections of the webpage.
  • Having ‘About’ and ‘Contact’ section is important so viewers can tell straight away what the website is all about. People like to know about other people.
  • The information in the footer bar.

Unimpressive Site:

http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com

Now, Suzanne Collins is a great author but I think she may need to invest in a new website.

  • New fonts would be a good start.
  • A new layout — on the ‘Works’ page there’s big images of her books and then not a lot of text which leads to way too much white space. The side bar doesn’t look very good – it’s full of short quotes which is unnecessary because on the home page under each image are even more reviews of each book.
  • A new colour scheme — maybe to match her books.
  • Maybe highlight The Hunger Games as it is very popular and a best selling series.

There are many more changes that could be made to this website but I won’t go into any more because I’ve gone on a bit too long here.

Thanks for reading.

– KH

What’s trending in Web Design?

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I’m currently doing a class on web design and we are looking at some of the popular layout trends around at the moment. While there are numerous current web design trends out there at the moment, I’m just going to give you a quick summary of a few I think are the popular and therefore make for some pretty effective websites:

  1. Filling a single screen with full width, high resolution images or videos. When it’s an image sometimes it will be a scrolling slideshow to highlight different aspects of the website.
  2. Responsive design – this is where the website adapts depending on what device you are looking at it on (computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.)
  3. Scrolling instead of clicking – the background moves at a slower rate to the foreground.
  4. Modular/grid/card designs – very organized and is responsive, can browse a lot of data, clean and simple.
  5. Flat designs – clean designs, bright colours, two dimensional.

Websites need to grab your attention and make an impression pretty quickly otherwise viewers won’t stay on the page and this is a big problem – why have a website if no-one is going to look at it? McLeman (2015) found that you only have up to eight seconds to get the viewers attention.

Websites that demonstrates some of these trends:

Websites that needs to adopt some of these trends:

I found an infographic that goes through some of the trends I’ve mentioned and then one or two different ones as well.

References:

Ali. (2015). 5 Best Web Design Layout Trends for 2015. Retrieved from: http://designposts.net/best-web-design-layout-trends-for-2015/

Kunwar, A. (2015). 10 Web Design Element and Layout Trends That Dominate in 2015. Retrieved from: http://www.pixelatingbits.com/10-web-design-element-and-layout-trends-that-dominate-in-2015/

McLeman, D. (2015). Is your site lagging behind web design trends? Retrieved from: http://crosswebideas.com/web-design-trends-2015.html

Randall, A. (2015). 7 Top UI Design Trends for 2015 & Beyond. Retrieved from: http://gotgroove.com/ecommerce-blog/7-top-ui-design-trends-2015-beyond/

Weller, N.B. (2015). Web Design Trends to Look out for in 2015. Retrieved from: https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/web-design-trends-to-look-out-for-in-2015

Social Media & Your Career

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Hey everyone. Let’s get started with this week’s topic: Social Media & Your (My) Career. How can social media be used for your career? What sort of strategies can be employed?

Here’s a video to start us off:

(Not so much the plug for Social Media Quickstarter, although it could be a good resource for starting your social media presence). They have a few other videos on their Vimeo page if you want to check them out.

Getting straight into it, in today’s day and age social media is a vital tool for anyone in the creative industry. As a graphic designer one of the pathways is to become a freelancer or starting your own design studio. For these options, social media becomes an important platform where designers can be found and get in touch with. Steve Nicholls (n.d.) has seen an increase in the number of freelance designers due to social media and therefore believes, social media and freelancing go hand-in-hand.

I found an article by Melanie Perkins (2014) that has four tips on establishing a successful social media presence for new and existing brands but I think they can also be applied to graphic designers looking to start promoting themselves. The first tip is having a consistent colour palette. Choosing the same colour (or the same two to four colours) and using it for all social media posts (across different platforms — i.e. Twitter, Behance, Tumblr, Instagram or one of the many others which are out there) will help viewers recognise your company (whether it be an agency or a freelancer). The chosen colours should be representative of the designer and they can be used in a logo, text, images, etc. The next tip is choosing typefaces that go together and which also reflect the designer’s personality. In the case of typefaces, Perkins (2014) also suggests using a maximum of three fonts and using them consistently. The third tip is to use the right images that follow the same theme and in some cases, any filters that might be used. Last up, there is the suggestion of using a template – creating a style guide to ensure each element works together and stays (relatively or recognisably) the same for each post. In the end, the main point I’ve taken from this article is that consistency is key. If it’s consistent, it becomes recognisable and if it’s recognisable it will become memorable to viewers.

Nicholls (n.d.) outlined four ways a graphic designer can use social media to enhance a client’s experience.

  1. Communication – graphic designers can use social media to communicate more often and more efficiently.
  2. Collaboration – with the use of social media, graphic designers can find the “right” person needed to work on a new project.
  3. Communities – new communities (networks) can be created (or joined if they are already there) to help spread the word about new projects/products.
  4. Collective Intelligence – a tool to keep track of what is trending (popular at the moment) and get feedback about projects/products.

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Perkins (2014) finishes the article with an interesting statistic:
“In the time it took you to read this article, approximately 500,000 new posts would have appeared on Twitter, 3 million on Facebook, 15,000 on Instagram and many, many more.” That is a little bit daunting when you think about it, but it’s also full of possibilities and chances to get your voice out there.

As I’m at the stage where I need to be creating an online presence and portfolio I’m beginning to realise how important it is to have a clear vision in place before using social media. From the articles I’ve read I can see that having a plan to follow will lead to a more successful social media presence and I’m hoping that I can use these tips to create a creative, consistent portfolio — one that will become recognisable and memorable. I’m also becoming more aware of the benefits of using social media to promote my works. It can be used to expand networks, collaborate with other designers, keep up to date and communicate with viewers, consumers, clients and more.

While looking into this topic, I have also found a number of articles that mention another benefit to the rise in social media that doesn’t relate to utilising it to promote yourself and your graphic design portfolio. This is the fact that graphic designers are in high demand. Businesses are realising the importance of social media and marketing so they are seeking out designers to help them creatively and more effectively promote their brand. The social media page for a business (depending on which platform they are using) will need to include banners, specialised logos, sales and promotions (holiday seasons, special events, etc.), advertising and inspirational quotes (The Social Observer, 2014). Each of these items needs to be creative and consistent in order to effectively represent the brand. The infographic below illustrates how much time should be taken on some different aspects of social media.

Social Media Time Spent

Social media marketing has become important in two different areas with regard to graphic design. Firstly, in the way I can use it to market myself as a graphic designer — being creative, consistent and using different elements to represent who I am through my posts. Secondly, due to it’s recent rise, it has become a new avenue to gain clients as businesses start looking for graphic designers to market their brand through social media.

Here’s some other articles that might be worth reading in regards to social media marketing:

  • What Not to Say When Promoting Your Freelance Business on Social Media by Robert Lanterman
  • Getting Started With Social Media Design by Anna Guerrero
  • Use Social Media to get Design Work: 25 Pro Tips by Gary Marshall

Thanks again for reading 🙂

Reference List:
Bogdan, E. (n.d.). Graphic Design + Social Media. Retrieved from: www.slideshare.net/mobile/ericabogdan/graphic-design-social-media-9663508

Guerrero, A. (2015). Getting Started With Social Media Design. Retrieved from: https://designschool.canva.com/blog/getting-started-social-media-design/

Lanterman, R. (2014). What not to say when Promoting your Freelance Business on Social Media. Retrieved from: www.millo.co/say-promoting-freelance-business-social-media

Marshall, G. (2013). Use Social Media to get Design Work: 25 Pro Tips. Retrieved from: www.creativebloq.com/career/get-work-with-social-media-1012939

Nicholls, S. (n.d.). The Importance of Social Media for Graphic Designers. Retrieved from: www.graphicdesign.com/article/social-media-graphic-designers/

Perkins M. (2014). How to Develop a Strong Visual Brand on Social Media. Retrieved from: blog.hubspot.com/marketing/strong-brand-voice-social-media

The Social Observer. (2014). Social Media for Graphic Designers: Benefits and Drawbacks. Retrieved from: www.thesocialobserver.com/social-media-graphic-designers-benefits-drawbacks/

Inclusive Design

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The topic this week is inclusive design — making sure widening the reach of your creative projects, attracting greater diversity, not being discriminatory and making it accessible to all. When I first started reading this lecture I wasn’t too sure how it related to graphic design specifically. I could definitely see how it related to gaming, animation, film and television, and maybe even audio, but I struggled to find the connection to graphic design. There was a section that related to vision impairment but it only discussed colour blindness and as my teacher pointed out, if a client wants a red logo, it’s not likely they will pick a different colour just because there’s a one in seven chance of people who won’t see it as red. So what did I do? Research of course. In the next few paragraphs I’ll try and tell you a little bit about what I’ve found out.

One aspect of inclusive design is accessibility. As it says in the lecture, this can include people with visual impairments, anyone who has hearing difficulties, mobility impairments or people with cognitive disabilities. This video (and the website) outlines the importance of accessibility:

What is Inclusive Design? Here is a definition of it:

Inclusive design is design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference. Designing inclusively makes better experiences for everyone.

For graphic design specifically it means:

Creating messaging which is as accessible as possible to the widest audience as possible. Not only is it good practice, the more inclusive your literature or online presence is, the wider your reach.

With the notion of making the experience better for everyone, I came across the idea or the suggestion that it would be good to actually incorporate inclusive thinking into your design process so that it won’t matter who your project is being created for it will just be one of the steps you follow. To be inclusive it is important to understand and empathise with people, i.e. who the design is being created for, their needs, their wants, their beliefs. This is illustrated in a video put out by the Design Council:

In the video, they also discuss the importance of design being inclusive from the start. It is important for projects to not be specifically made for someone who is disabled because in some situations it could make the viewer uncomfortable. I liked the line that was something along the lines of “designs shouldn’t shout inclusive, it should just be inclusive.”

Paul Nini discusses how graphic design is both exclusive and inclusive. In an article he wrote “the actual practice of graphic design is most powerful when an inclusive approach is used” and goes on to give the example of the ‘election design’ project. This project involved the design of new ballots and other materials necessary for an election. The project was successful because the designers took an inclusive, user centred approach and made sure the material could be easily used and accessible by all.

Ewelina Woloszyn outlines three problems which are specific to graphic designers and offers some suggestions on how to address them to be more inclusive in your designs. The first condition is dyslexia — the difficulty of reading or interpreting words, letters and symbols. Woloszyn suggests its more comfortable for someone with dyslexia to have the type on a coloured background and the colour of both the background and the type is also important (think about the contrast).

The other two conditions are sight loss and colour blindness. While it may be hard to accommodate colour blindness in all designs you work on, there are still a number of considerations to think of. Some of these are outlined in an article by Alex Bigman – “Why all designers need to understand colourblindness”.

After this weeks lecture and the research I’ve done, I believe it’s important to be inclusive when working on graphic design projects. I realise that in some cases it might not be possible to be inclusive but I believe it is still important to look at the project from a different point of view and rethink the functionality of the design. In the end, it all comes back to how important it is to understand the customer and the client.

As always, many thanks to those who have taken the time to read this. Hope you enjoyed it.

– KH

Reference List

Bigman, A. (2015). Why all designers need to understand colourblindness. Retrieved from: https://99designs.com/designer-blog/2013/04/17/designers-need-to-understand-color-blindness/

Boho Creative. (2015). Inclusive Graphic Design. Retrieved from: http://www.weareboho.co.uk/services/inclusive-graphic-design/

Design Council. (2014). Inclusive Design: from the pixel to the city. Retrieved from: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/news-opinion/inclusive-design-pixel-city

Nini, P. (2009). Exclusive + Inclusive: The Twofold Nature of Graphic Design. Retrieved from: http://www.thinkingforaliving.org/archives/1301

RGD. (2015). RGD: Accessibility For All. Retrieved from: http://rgd-accessibledesign.com

Woloszyn, E. (2011). Inclusive design guidelines booklets. Retrieved from: https://www.behance.net/gallery/1469095/Inclusive-design-guidelines-booklets

Secret Interview Techniques

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Hi! Back again for another new and exciting topic of conversation. This week is all about job interviews and the questions we might be asked. So what do you do when you finally get an interview for that job you’ve always wanted? Here’s a few things you need to do:

  • Research the company
  • Be on time
  • Dress appropriately
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses – don’t be modest, sell your skills
  • Have your resume and portfolio with you
  • Stay calm

There was a section in this week’s lecture that caught me a little bit off guard, mostly because I’ve only ever had one interview and it was for a job at Target. I don’t know if you know this, but these days, interviewers ask a number of “sneaky questions” to find out more about the candidate’s personality, skillset, and uniqueness. I’d never heard of this before and after seeing some of them, they really make you think. Glassdoor (2015) composes a list of oddball interview questions to help people prepare for anything. Bose once asked the question “if you were asked to unload a 747 full of jelly beans, what would you do?” If I was asked that question in an interview (or something similar), I’m not sure what would happen. Would my mind go blank, would I ask for more information, short response, long response, stumble over a response or hopefully, take a few minutes to come up with a well-crafted response. While I can’t ever know what question I might be asked, now that I’m aware of the possibility I can find similar types of questions and practice responding to them.

For graphic design specifically, there are a number of common questions it would be good to know how to answer before you go for your interview. These include:

  1. What are the qualities of a good graphic designer?
  2. What kind of design projects are you interested in?
  3. Tell me about a time you worked under pressure?
  4. Which software do you prefer to work with and why?
  5. What is your design process?
  6. Can I see your portfolio?

Next in an interview for a graphic design position and in terms of the sneaky question, they may be more practical. It could be a question like “how would you improve on this design?” or “what type of feedback would you give when presented with this layout?” It could also be similar to Microsoft Design Tests where they want you to design a remote control with two buttons or design a communication device for park rangers. The key here is being prepared for these possibilities.

One of the biggest things I’ve taken from this week’s lecture is probably passion and how to express it – being excited about what you’re talking about, becoming animated, talking quicker, keeping eye contact and sometimes even forgetting that you are in an interview. This stood out for me because I think it’s something I need to work on – learning to express my passion of graphic design as well as my other interests. I might be able to do this when I’m talking with friends or family and when it relates to a topic we have in common, but put me in a new situation with new people and I don’t think the results will be the same. For example, we did an exercise in class this week where the teacher asked us to tell him about our proudest moment. What did I learn from this exercise? My teacher can tell my own story much more passionately than I could. That’s not really a good thing. Baer (2013) believes that an emerging theme among companies looking for new employees is that they want to hear our stories. He found that one of the secret weapons to branding is storytelling – seeing the honesty and emotions behind the brand. Therefore, it is important to find the stories in my life that will:

  • Highlight my skills
  • Show my experience relevant to the job
  • Illustrate a time when I learnt from a mistake.

There are two main points I’m going to take away from this week’s lecture. Firstly, I need to work on expressing my passion in response to interview questions. In order to do this I can find the questions like “what is your proudest moment”, write out the answer in a way that demonstrates your personality or your skillset and then say it out loud, whether it be to me or to family and friends. Secondly, I need to be prepared to answer out-of-the-box questions like “what is your spirit animal?” or “if you had a superpower what would it be?” For these types of questions I think it is important to think about what an interviewer might be looking for in the response. Why do you think you are that animal specifically? In another article by Baer (2013), a CEO asked his executive assistant what animal she would be and her response was “a duck – since while the birds are calm above the surface, their webbed feet don’t stop hustling.” Her response was actually a great description of what an executive assistant role is.

Finally, I found this video about being too honest in your job interviews which is probably something we don’t want to be doing. It’s good to be honest, just not this honest.

Thanks for reading. Hope you learnt something new.

– KH

Reference list

Baer, D. (2013). What’s Your Spirit Animal? And 3 Other Curveball Job-Interview Questions. Retrieved from: http://www.fastcompany.com/3006866/whats-your-spirit-animal-and-3-other-curveball-job-interview-questions

Baer, D. (2013). Want The Job? Learn To Tell Great Stories, Starting With Your Interview. Retrieved from: http://www.fastcompany.com/3014435/leadership-now/want-the-job-learn-to-tell-a-great-story-starting-with-your-interview

Berger, M. (2014). 5 of the Best Things to Say in an Interview. Retrieved from: http://www.bluetechrecruitment.com.au/inside-recruitment/blog-post-heading-title-4

Creative Bloq. (2014). 20 Tips For Design Interview Success. Retrieved from: http://www.creativebloq.com/career/design-interview-success-812255

Edwards, T. (2014). Graphic Design Interview Questions That Will Help You Prepare. Retrieved from: https://blog.udemy.com/graphic-design-interview-questions/

Glassdoor. (2015). Top 10 Oddball Interview Questions for 2015. Retrieved from: http://www.glassdoor.com.au/Oddball-Interview-Questions-LST_KQ0,27.htm

Your Income & Your Art

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So the question this week is probably one of the most important one students want to find an answer to (as some believe, I’m sure): who will give me money to work as a graphic designer and can I actually make a living while doing one of the things I really enjoy doing? The first thing I learnt is that there are actually more ways that people in the creative industries can get income from than I realised. So do you want to know where my future income (or maybe yours if you work in the same industry and that’s why you’re sitting here reading my blog) will be coming from?

Here’s the list:

  • Working for the man! Yes, this means being an ever diligent, hard working employee.
  • Consumer Sales (of your very own projects — transaction or subscription based)
  • Running your own studio (probably what most people want to be doing – working for yourself, to your own schedule)
  • Crowdfunding
  • Day job
  • Consulting
  • Public speaking
  • Commissions
  • Funding
  • Residencies
  • Sponsorship
  • Advertising
  • Licensing & royalties
  • “Psychic Income” i.e. not money, but fame…not too sure about this one.
  • And there may be more out there. Do you know of any others? Let me know if you do.

What to do now that I know there are so many options out there? Research (and a lot of it) so I can find the one that suits me best. For graphic designers, I think the best options would be as an employee, consumer sales, freelancing or running your own company. I’ll try and lay out a few of the positive and negatives of each.

Kardon (2012) uses an infographic to illustrate what it’s like to work as a freelancer and some of the positives that come with it. The main thing I took from this is that freelancers are happy — 62% found the change to be for the better, and the majority changed for the flexibility and freedom that comes with it. As Kardon’s (2012) article doesn’t compare mention much about being an employee, I found an article by Gold (nd) which outlines the difference between being a full-time employee and freelance work. This article comes to the conclusion that it depends on your lifestyle preference and also the possibility to actually try both.

Another good infographic I found for anyone looking to break into the freelance side of graphic design is this one – “You Can Become A Freelancer Too”:

Another option I mentioned was consumer sales. Consumer sales would give you the freedom to create what you wanted, when you wanted to be sold at a price you determine. As stated in the lecture, the downside to this is finding the people who will purchase the work and the right market to sell it in, which could prove difficult. As a graphic designer, this could be something you could do alongside either freelancing, employment or running your own studio. One example is creating typographic prints in your own time to sell as a side business.

Money is definitely an important aspect of choosing the right pathway and might determine the choices made in the first few years after studying is finished, but I think that in the future it would become less of a focus which would switch to be more about the work I want to do, the way I want to do it.

I thought my plan would be to work as a graphic designer in a company so I can gain experience and increase my knowledge of the industry but after last weeks lecture I know there are more options that I should be looking into. If I’m being completely honest though, I think that the best option for me would still be to become an employee of a company. This is because of my personality. To be a freelancer you have to be able to put yourself out there and continually seek out new clients which I think would be very hard for me to do. But I do also believe that it’s something I could learn how to do that as I think that being able to work for myself and start my own studio is something that I would love to do.

References:

Gold, A. (nd). Freelancing vs. Full-time – Which is Better? Retrieved from: http://anthonysdesk.com/freelancing-vs-fulltime/

Kardon, A. (2012). Infographic: Inside the Mind of a Freelancer. Retrieved from: http://www.andrewkardon.com/infographic-inside-the-mind-of-a-freelancer/

Visualistan. (2014). You Can Become A Freelancer Too. Retrieved from: http://www.visualistan.com/2014/11/you-can-become-freelancer-too.html

Cheers! Hope you enjoyed the read.

– KH

How are we the same?

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Hi all! This week asks the question: are media workers (graphic designers, audio engineers, game developers, filmmakers and web developers) all the same? My answer to this question is that I believe we have similar characteristics but by no means are we the same – I think there are a number of different types of creative people. In this weeks lecture there was a study by Rosalind Gill which found that creative people who work within new media have similar characteristics and went on to explain ten key features of those individuals “living the new media life”:

  1. Entrepreneurism
  2. Short term, precarious work
  3. Low pay
  4. Long hours
  5. Keeping up
  6. DIY learning
  7. Informality
  8. Exclusions and inequalities
  9. No future
  10. Love the work

I believe one of the more important aspects regarding life in the new media industry, specifically graphic design for me, is the entrepreneur (or intrapreneur) attitude. The ability to not only see new opportunities, but to also continually create new ideas within a highly competitive industry (if it’s good enough to stand out) would prove to be a vital asset. Moreover, most entrepreneurs do what they do because they love it and they can do it, not necessarily for the money or praise they would gain. I believe this is important for a graphic designer because if you can continually create new ideas or designs, the rest will come from there. While there may be times of frustration and annoyance (when the client says “could you just change this, we’d like it to pop more. Oh, and can you get that to us by the end of the day too? Thanks, that would be great”), it won’t matter that the working week is long because you are doing something you love and want to do.

I found this infographic which seems like a pretty adequate description of what A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer might be like (also happened to be the name of the print). This infographic illustrates a number of the features touched upon this week.

So, while there are definitely some downsides to the lifestyle of a graphic designer (the long hours, the sporadic work and therefore sporadic pay, wondering where you might be in five years, ten years, the list goes on), I think it all comes back to your attitude. As Jerry R. Mitchell wrote “they’re creating their own reality…they’re in it for the freedom…each is doing the only thing that matters“, having that entrepreneurial outlook makes all the difference.

As I don’t find the job the infographic depicts very appealing, I did a bit more reading and found a blog by Maria Rapetskaya (see link below) titled “Stop Apologising for Wanting Work/Life Balance” which outlines her unique take on working as a motion graphic designer – she approaches her life as she approaches any creative project. I found this blog really interesting because she was working in what she thought was her “dream job” but it turned out to be more like the infographic above and not at all what she thought it would be. So what did she do? She sat down and looked at her life like she would a new project and re-designed it. As she puts it “I was a human start-up: big ideas, no funding”. She ended up with a lifestyle that was a balance between job security and the freedom she wanted to be able to pursue the work she loved to do.

This relates to me because one day I could be in this position – having to make a decision about where I’m working and if it’s the right place for me. So, when looking at the infographic and Maria’s blog, it was good to see two very different points of view (and I’m sure there are more out there). I’ll admit that when I’ve thought about working as a graphic designer (or when I’ve done a few little projects for friends/family), I think of it in a similar way to how the infographic illustrates it – late nights, lots of coffee and revising the designs as the client wants. Now, after reading Maria’s blog, it’s good to see that as a graphic designer, I could create a work/life balance that would suit me.

Another point in Maria’s blog I found interesting was that she started doing freelance work in order to gain experience and network, which then led to opening her own studio. This was interesting because when I’ve considered what pathway to take when my studies are finished, it was always going to work for a company to gain experience and then open my own studio and do freelance work in the future. Knowing that there are different options and pathways to take has made me change my thinking for the future and what my career might look like.

References:

Chang, V. (2015). Chart: A Day In The Life Of A Graphic Designer. Retrieved from: http://designtaxi.com/news/372440/Chart-A-Day-In-The-Life-Of-A-Graphic-Designer/

Rapetskaya, M. (2015). Stop Apologising for Wanting Work/Life Balance Retrieved from: http://99u.com/articles/39885/stop-apologizing-for-wanting-worklife-balance

Thanks again for reading. Hope you enjoyed it.

-KH

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Oh, hey there! So my name is Kim, just in case you were wondering, and I thought I’d give this blog thing a go. It may also have something to do with the fact I have to write some blog posts for a subject I’m doing at the moment but we’ll stick with the first reason. It sounds better.

So a bit of background information about me for you:

I am 25 years old. I live in Brisbane, Qld, Australia (born in Sydney, NSW). I have a twin sister, an older sister and an older brother. My favourite colour is blue (navy to be precise). I drink Pepsi Max, too much of it if I’m being honest and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to stop drinking it. I like to read. My favourite TV show is Chuck, with Psych coming in at a close second. I love football (or soccer – whichever name you prefer to call it). I have played the game since I was 6 years old and in that time I’ve represented Qld in futsal, represented Australia when I went on a tour of Brazil, played in the top team at my club for the last 5-6 years and am currently recovering from my second knee reconstruction so I haven’t played in over a year and I really miss it (side note: the scars don’t even match – one is a straight line and the other is diagonal. Sorry to any OCD people out there, my sister included. Just between us I think it bugs her every time she looks at them). Moving on from that, I can play bass guitar but at the moment I’m trying to learn acoustic guitar. It’s not going too well at the moment, mostly because my friend borrowed my guitar, but I really want to learn so I’ll keep at it and keep you posted as to how I’m going because I’m sure that you really want to know how I’m doing, am I right?  I am a christian. I believe that God loves us so much He sent His Son to die for us, so we could be forgiven. That’s pretty crazy if you think about it – that a father would be willing to give up his son for others. Cross = Love.

So, just recently, I started a Bachelor of Design majoring in Graphic Design. It took me a while to make the decision to do further study in a different field as I’ve already completed a double degree – a B. Exercise & Sport Science/B. Business (Management) – I just really, really wanted to continue studying because I love it so much (please go back and read the last sentence but this time note the sarcasm). So after I finished my double degree, I worked for a little while just doing data entry for a small company, and then I travelled a bit, going to the UK for a month with my sister and some friends (would definitely recommend it, I had a great time). Then I got home from travelling and went back to the same job I had before – data entry. That is exciting stuff right there people!! I started looking for work to use the degrees I had – something Sports Management related – but being unable to find anything I thought I could (or wanted to apply for) I continued to do data entry day after day after day after day. So that’s when I made the decision and now I’ve finished my first trimester (and just starting my second) at SAE in Brisbane. I’m enjoying it so far and learning some new things which are pretty cool. I’ll be posting a few bits and pieces about what I’m learning and I’ll try to put up a some of the things I’ve created/designed in the process.

So here we are (if you’re still with me). Feel free to leave me comments, or not, it’s up to you, I don’t mind. If you made it to the end thanks for reading. And now I’m out.

– KH