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10 tips on being a graphic designer
October 13, 2011, 7:45 am
Filed under: Inspiration, This and That

I was asked to create a list of 10 tips on being a graphic designer, listmaking is very hip huh? ;-) So I thought I’d share my list with you guys. Totally subjective of course, make your own!

1. Always take the road less travelled, sometimes take the road with the most obstacles and learn from overcoming them.

2. Never think what a solution SHOULD be, but what it COULD be.

3. Never let technology/craft be a hindrance of going with a good idea, figure it out!

4. See things from another angle; see it from far away, up really close, from underneath or on top, pull it apart and put it back together in a different way.

5. Do good with what you have available. There is beauty in everything, you might just have to look a little harder to find it!

6. Perfection is sometimes the imperfect.

7. If something is good enough, is it really good?

8. Breathe! Timeout!

9. See mistakes as detours rather than mistakes.

10. Helvetica is hardly ever the answer, merely a placeholder.


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Good List. My Favs are #7 and #10.

Here’s one more: #11

Collaboration is key, find people that observe and listen, not judge and interpret. Collaboration brings you; new perspectives, peers, inspiration. And it forces you to communicate clearly.

Comment by Michael Rosenau

Hear hear!! :-)

Comment by myanimalfarm

Haha, I really like #10. It really is always a placeholder or filler. It works really well as that though.

Comment by Tylermoney (@Tylermoney)

Precisely! ;-)

Comment by myanimalfarm

2. Never think what a solution SHOULD be, but what it COULD be.

There’s so much food for thought here.

4. See things from another angle; see it from far away, up really close, from underneath or on top, pull it apart and put it back together in a different way.

Yes. This approach reminds me of solving a puzzle. Sometimes you have to turn it upside down or inside out to make progress.

10. Helvetica is hardly ever the answer, merely a placeholder.

I agree.

Thanks for a great list. I hope I’m still thinking about #2 days, weeks and months from now.

Comment by Tracey Grady

Reblogged this on JamzGraphics.

Comment by JamzGraphics

This is great – and I think pretty good for anyone in a creative role – thank you!

Comment by Maria Speight




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