In a previous post, we took an initial look at some of the qualities and practices that will help you, the newbie graphic designer, establish a presence in the local market. We understand that gaining traction, developing skill sets, and simply surviving off Photoshop are severe struggles, and with that in mind, we feel it’s important to list out a few more of our choice tips on the subject. If you’re a burgeoning designer in need of a few productivity increasing tips, we’ve got you covered. Just keep reading beyond the break to reap a few more of our choice cuts—wine and success not necessarily included.

  1. Be Patient, Grasshopper: One of the key things to remember as a new graphic designer is that quality artwork takes time. Every inch of the design process requires an extensive amount of thought, preparation, and even execution. If a design isn’t quite as you might like it, just take a break and return to it later. Have the patience to take a breather and let the work mature. Fine design cannot be forced, so learn to let off on the reigns and simply ruminate. You’ll quickly find that some of your best ideas are had in the shower or while at the supermarket.
  2. Saturate Your Brain: Another vital key to your highway is to load your brain with as much inspiration as possible, especially if you have no prior experience in the field. Look at the work of as many designers as you can possibly stand, analyzing each and every piece for strengths, weaknesses, and areas you can learn from. Just as a concert pianist studies the works of the masters, so should you brush up on what’s current, historic, and always popular. Learn the ropes by simply keeping an open ear and eye to the world around you.
  3. Get Jiggy With Origination: That being said, don’t just cooky cutter copy and paste everything that comes your way. It’s one thing to learn a particular style of design, and then adapt it to your own needs, but it’s a completely different animal to outright steal a design. Just because your new and unknown does not mean it’s safe to steal from larger members of the field. Do your own leg work, that way you’re best prepared to create originals on the spot when the limelight comes.