My Education: BA in Graphic Design, Coker College
My Prior Experience: Freelance Graphic Designer for 13 years.
Graphic Designer with Trec Enterprises for 4 years.
Junior Designer with Kinncom for 3 years.
My Company: I work for a tech startup that helps businesses get the most out of their social platforms. We also help companies in running sweepstakes and giveaways on social platforms to increase their brand's engagement with their customers.
Job/Career Overview: My responsibilities are to graphically represent the ideas and data given to me by our sales, business and tech departments.
A typical day for me involves coming in early to catch up on news stories and emails, that way I am not doing that on-the-clock. I will check with my Creative Director and our project management software to plan my projects for the day and make sure my time is allotted correctly. Throughout the day, I use my knowledge of top graphic arts programs to complete each task at hand. We are developing a proprietary software set to rank and score businesses' social engagement across all platforms, thereby allowing businesses to see where they can improve and where they can capitalize on opportunities.
While these programs can be taught, what cannot be taught is why I am valued: my artistic eye. Understanding of design principles. Appreciation for contemporaries. Knowledge of how to motivate myself.
More Insights: The best thing for any aspiring Graphic Designer to keep in mind is that when you stand still, you get old. Stay moving and stay fresh. Keep abreast of trends and keep an eye towards trying something beyond those trends.
I rate this career 6 out of 10.
The best parts lie in acknowledgment of successfully completing a project. I love engaging a person with something I created.
The worst part is the downtime boredom and the strain on my body from sitting at a desk. My eyes are constantly tired. My back gets kinked up. Deadlines and misunderstandings are also a pretty big thing. They can really add unneeded stress to a day.
If you don't have any natural artistic ability, you may want to reconsider this career field. Being a Graphic Designer of any kind is not just about learning the programs. ANYONE can do that. Those are just the tools. Everyone can use a pencil, but not everyone is an artist with that pencil. That being said, it is more important to stay on top of your craft's trends rather than your software's latest update.