As a graphic designer working in the Chicago area, I find myself in a unique position. I am employed by a large design firm, but have no idea where things are going to land. I feel like I have a lot of things to do, but I’m starting to realize it’s just the beginning.
In my experience, graphic designers tend to work for a company that has a big budget, which means that they have to do a lot of work and spend a lot of time on design. In my mind, this makes sense. A person’s job is to create images, and I can understand why they might have the need to create a lot of images in a short period of time.
Graphic designers are often paid on a project basis, meaning that they work on a piece of a project until it reaches completion. This means that even though you might not have gotten any revenue from the project and you’re still out of work, you still have a paycheck to keep you in the game. It’s just a shame that this is still the case today when the typical budget is $500 per hour.
Well, that’s a problem. I worked in the design industry for three years, and I can tell you the average time spent on a project is about six hours. That means you have to be prepared to spend at least six hours working on the project. Also, it isn’t uncommon for a project to take two or three months to finish, meaning that you have to put in at least three months of effort to even get your job.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that anyone who puts in six months to a year of effort to get a job has no idea what they’re doing. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t get a design job, because you sure as hell should, but I was at a company where they advertised for a graphic design position. I applied for the position, and I got the gig.
I know that some people who apply for a design job will get it, but the truth is that it’s not the most common outcome. For most design jobs, the first thing that a candidate is told is: “We don’t hire people with experience.
I think you mean “we’re not looking for designers, we’re looking for graphic designers (or something really similar).” This is true. But remember, your title is a title, not a job designation, and its not like that people don’t hire designers anyway.
I hear this all the time but its really true. Most design jobs are not advertised and they arent really advertised at all. You are hired as a designer (not a graphic designer) and you are expected to know how to create a logo, print a promotional poster, and create a website, then you are expected to work with graphics on a daily basis. Thats a lot of work.
The graphic design field is fairly young and most designers are also not really good enough at graphic design to make people feel confident about hiring them. I have no doubt you could make a full time living at the job, but most people want a job that can pay them enough to comfortably support themselves.
It’s true that most designers are not very good at graphic design, but I think that if you are just starting out, you could easily make a decent living. So what are you waiting for? Join the army, or do a little freelance graphic design work in your spare time. A website design or print shop may take longer to start earning a living, but it’s never too late.