Why do Graphic Designing? [Pros & Cons]

Pros of Graphic Designing:

1. Being Creative, Fun & Exciting:

If you’re a person who loves being creative, graphic design is a good career choice for you on a day to day basis. You will be problem-solving while coming up with cool, inventive solutions and creating a range of graphics and design ideas.

2. It’s Challenging:

Graphic design is by no means easy. You’re pretty much problem solving most of the time. So to produce great work, you will have to push yourself, harness your skills, be resourceful, tackle complex briefs and be able to produce great results swiftly.

3. Requires Research:

To produce original and exciting work, you’re going to have to do a lot of research. Often you will find yourself learning and discovering things you didn’t previously know. Getting paid to research and learn. How cool is that?

4. Multiple Creative Disciplines:

There are no limits to the techniques you can use to create your work. To name a few: Illustration, online tools such as Pixelied, photography, screen printing, digital art, 3D modeling. The list goes on and on. One of the great things about graph design is that it can be diverse and you don’t have to be tied to one medium.

5. Having a Portfolio:

So you may spend hours, days or weeks working on a particular project at the end of it, you will most likely have something to show for it. Over time, you will build a portfolio of all your work which can be added in your website and showcased to potential clients.

6. Rewarding:

Being a graphic designer can be really hard work, but you really get out what you put in. If you do a great job and your client is happy, that can be really rewarding.

7. Collaboration with Other People:

You will be required to work alone, but you may often have to work with other creative professionals as part of a team. It can be a great experience and rewarding working with other passionate people.

8. Career Prospects:

As you mature as a designer, you build your experience and reputation over the period of time. You can move into more senior design roles and look to become maybe an art director or creative director. You may wish to become a freelancer and work for yourself or maybe start your own creative agency in graphic designing.

Cons of Graphic Designing:

1. Location Specific:

If you want to become a graphic designer, you will have to accept the prospect of having to move where the industry is and these days, that’s typically a city. Graphic design is not all commercial work, but a lot of jobs and a lot of well-paid jobs exist in cities.

2. Increasing Competition:

You are basically being paid to be creative and because of that a lot of people want to do it, which means there is a lot of competition when starting out and looking for jobs.

3. It is a Marathon not a Sprint:

A lot of people pursue graphic design, but not everyone becomes a graphic designer or stays a designer. The path to become a successful graphic designer could be a long and expensive one. Fortunately, today, it’s not all about talent and skill. It’s as much about attitude, discipline, application and determination.

4. Finding the Right Job in the Industry:

Finding a job can be tough, but what can be even harder is finding the right job, the job where you will be happy, the job where you will get creative satisfaction, the job where you will potentially develop your career.

5. It’s a Desk Job:

One of the biggest downsides to graphic designing is that most of the time you will be seated at a desk in front of a computer for long hours. Graphic design is commonly not a nine to five job.

6. Working Under Pressure:

You may not always have as much time as you want to fully research and develop a piece of work or simply enjoy the job. There will be times when you will have to work to tight deadlines. This can put a lot of pressure on you and can be stressful.

7. Working Under Someone:

Working in the industry, you will not always get the creative freedom you want on a project. Sometimes you may have to take creative direction from someone more senior to you or even the client.

8. Dealing with Bad Clients:

Dealing with clients can be really rewarding or a bit of a nightmare. They can either let you do what you think is best work and collaborate with you or simply try and make you do what they want and this can be pretty bad if they do not listen to you and have no good ideas or any grasp of what makes for good design. It can be really tough and a buzzkill having to implement someone else’s bad design ideas.

Final Words:

More often than not, working with clients can be a really positive experience. But there can be times it can be a nightmare.

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