Graphic design student question Friday – What a graphic designer doesn’t do.
Oddly enough on the first day of class (I am glad the last day of class was yesterday), students look all starry-eyed in disbelief of what they have just gotten themselves into. I am not sure what exactly they have been told about what a graphic designer does or doesn’t do, but I like to right wrongs the first day of class. I will be mostly talking about the intro level design class I teach every term.
I usually give a brief introduction about my work and what I do, then I go around the room and have the students introduce themselves one .t a time. The one question I always ask, “What is your dream job?”
Some students want to go and work for the Rolling Stone, High Times, other have more simpler dreams like running a freelance business. A few want to be video game designer and some want to design products such as automobiles.
Is everyone still with me on this post. If you are reading this post, I am going to guess you already know what a graphic designer does and doesn’t do.
What a graphic designer doesn’t do:
1. A graphic designer isn’t a video game designer. If you want to go to school for video game design, the have programs for that. (Some graphic designer can actually design video games, but that is for a different story.
2. A graphic designer is not a product designer. You won’t be working for Volkswagen drawing the new Jetta or Beattle. I have though done some product illustration, but someone else has done the design of the actually product.
3. A graphic designer is not the same as fine art. You aren’t going to be designing art for yourself. You will most likely be working for a boss or a client, or both. You will have two, three maybe even fifteen people picking apart your design. Get used to it.
Here are just a few of the many things I have to go over on the first day of class to make sure the students know what they are getting into. Next week I will go over what jobs you do as a graphic designer.
Written by Mitchell Eismont
Art Director of Eismont Designs, Eismont Designs is a full service agency that specializes and communicating your message in an effective way.