Psychological skills to be a Graphic designer? Ep20/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

Psychological skills to be a Graphic designer? Ep20/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

Hello and welcome to this beginner’s
guide series to graphic design. From what graphic design is, skills to be a graphic
designer, design theory, education you need, equipment you need to the graphic design
portfolio and interview advice. This series is for anyone at any level. So if you’re interested in graphic design and
considering becoming a graphic designer join me as I discuss a series
of graphic design topics. Graphic design is a very
creative and specialized job there are lots of skills and qualities
you will need in order to become a designer and become a good designer.
In this video I’m going to talk about: Psychological skills. Now the
psychological skills can give you an edge as a designer and
help you stand out. These are skills that can
in no way be tort in a classroom. These are skills that make you unique
and can only come from within. If you wish to acquire them or become stronger in them
it will be down to your own will, thinking and personal development. So first is: Objectiveness.
You will need to be objective. You will need to be able to think
practically, realistically and look at things from a non personal standpoint.
This might mean putting your personal biases, tastes and emotions aside for the
best of a project. Just because you like something does not necessarily mean it’s
the best solution or answer to it brief. Good design is design that works well
that is easily understood, has a solid justification behind it and most
importantly solves and answers the brief. Always try and find reason and meaning
for your work. If there is room for it to look fantastic as well then
that’s a bonus. Creative disciplines
and judgment. You will need good judgment to know if
an idea is strong enough to answer the brief. You will need discipline to edit
and streamline an idea this may mean simplifying an ambitious
idea to meet a tight deadline or particular budget. You may have to simplify a layout or
creative execution and to make it less busy more
balanced and striking. Confidence. To live a creative life we must lose our fear of
being wrong. To succeed you will need confidence. Confidence in yourself,
confidence in your ability and in your ideas to apply yourself to present and
talk about your work and compete in the industry. Receive criticism. Now this is a big one I have seen a lot
of designers react bad to criticism and it has not helped them. When it comes to
receiving criticism you need to be objective. Do not seek praise, seek criticism.
You will need to embrace criticism do not take it personally be
happy to learn from your mistakes and listen to others for it is criticism
that will make you more experienced and a broader designer. Remember it’s better
to be criticised that ignored. Everyone these days
seems to be a critic. It’s easier to criticize then to create.
The good thing about criticism is that you can take it or leave it. If someone says something about your
work you do not agree with that no harm done you can forget about it. Tho if someone
says something you believed to be correct and agree with then
you can learn from it. Coping with failure. If you failed it
means you tried. The person who does not make mistakes is unlikely to make
anything. You have to be philosophical here. Almost everything you do, you should
sider a learning experience and we never stop learning. Like most designers it will take you
years to master your craft. If things do not work out the way you hoped first
then don’t be discouraged and give up learn from it and become
better next time. Determination. Now what can sometimes
separate designers success is their determination. To never give up to keep
working hard to keep learning and push for that better job. It can take years of
hard work to build and develop your career. It can be very hard to learn the skills
necessary to create your work and succeed. You may have to stay
late to get something finished, you may have to work the
weekend, you may have to learn software to get the job done, you may have to work with people you
don’t like or agree with and do things you do not want to do. If you are
determined you will go far. Team player. You may often have to work with other
creative professionals or early on in your career you may have to work for
others in more senior roles than you. You will need to be able to work in a team
and take instructions from others even if it’s not what you like or agree with.
If you can work well in a team, have a good attitude, be liked and helpful it will
help you become successful. Patients. The last quality here is patience. To produce
anything creative takes time try not to rush it if you do not have to. Allow your
creativity to blossom. Patients can be rewarding. If you take the time to pursue
your creativity you just might discover things you get not anticipate. Keep in
mind that your life is a creative journey some people reach their desired
destinations quicker than others. Just do your thing, believe in yourself
and take your time. If you stay true to yourself you will reach your goal
eventually. So those are some of the key psychological skills you will need to be
a graphic designer. If you’d like to take a closer look at
the list discussed in this video you can find out more in the description or in
the PDF document that accompanies this video series download
link is in the description. Well I hope you enjoyed this video if
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discuss talent qualities that will give you the edge
as a graphic designer. So see you in the next video!

18 thoughts on “Psychological skills to be a Graphic designer? Ep20/45 [Beginners Guide to Graphic Design]

  1. Best video of this course so far although I would disagree with the first point that we should be unbiased towards our creations.

    I believe that every designer has a set of "patterns" or "habits" that make his design unique. Like paintings of a popular artist, there are certain features in every artwork that can even be used to identify that artist.

  2. You can't always walk away from criticism you don't agree with. If the person criticizing is a paying client, a manager or decisive stakeholder you may have to actually produce things you are totally opposed by. That's extremely demotivating. Not everyone is ready to ditch their wonderful visual ideas just because the designer said so. You may try to reason and explain your choices but that won't always win. It's the biggest challenge of all. The most successful creatives in history are all individuals not willing to throw their integrity away. Fine artists, photographers, industrial designers, graphic designers, pop art individuals, singers etc. So I guess some good can come out of being sure about your own abilities and hold your fort. But not all of us have the guts to follow through and create our own career that way.

  3. did you record all these in one stay? because you wear the same black shirt (with a white lint on the right side of your chest) in all of them. great job with them, by the way, and thanks!

  4. Thank you for the teaching, Gareth. Very nice and encouraging words! You must be a nice person. I must apply for a job… to work with you 😀

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