Hearing the job title “Graphic Designer,” the first thing that would come into your mind is having the ability or the skill to draw. This is quite the contrary because the truth is, you don’t have to possess impeccable drawing skills in order to become one. It would take a lot more than that.
Graphic designers create visual concepts. This can either be done by hand or using a computer software. Their main task is to communicate ideas and messages with the use of images, layouts, fonts, colors and lines. In a way you can say that they are visual communicators and they play an important role in the marketing and sales of certain products.
Graphic designers first meet up with the client in order to understand the scope and purpose of the project. They get information as to who the target audience of this campaign is and what kind of message they want to send across. From there, the graphic designer will then develop visual images or graphic images for the product and create them. He is responsible in selecting the font style, the color palette, the images and the layout that will be used in the design. This will then be presented to the client for approval before this is printed or published.
Creating a layout or a concept do not really require you to know how to draw because these are rough ideas that you can scribble on paper. Once you have that idea, you can always use a computer software in creating that masterpiece.
In order to become a good graphic designer, you have to know how to listen. Listen to your clients and what they want to happen. You have to know how to listen to the experts in the field so you learn best practices. Most importantly you never stop practicing. And if possible, start from a very early age. Some of the graphic designers these days seem to be so young. So young that it seems that they wouldn’t even be out of disposable diapers. I guess it is getting like that we everything. Sport players are starting younger and now so are graphic designers with kids drawing skillfully from a very young age. Take all you learn and put them into good use. It is by practicing over and over again that you eventually become an expert.