3 Things I wish I knew before becoming a Graphic Designer

Being a graphic designer is not something easy. I also am one of many that will continue on pursuing a career as well as improving my skills.

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Why your tools do not Matter

The Tools you have will not make you a better  artist or designer. If you are fortunate to have all of the tools you are blessed. I mean that because there are people who wish to have what you do. But let me not get off track.

The art of practicing daily until it becomes habitual is not easy. Because when you are a person who practice often it will show. For me I practice calligraphy daily and it shows. Recently I have gotten back into practicing designing more in depth.

Sketching is a very good thing to do frequently. Putting the pencil to paper will you to be not so dependent on fancy gadgets. I say that because it starts with the basics.

The basic tools and skills will help you start out. The thing that will help keep you going is your focus and commitment. Then after you’ve remained focus and committed over time you will eventually get better tools. The best thing is to not forget the basics matter more than the tools.

Free Christmas Greeting Card

Here you can download a free Christmas greeting card to print out and mail to your friends and family.

I have included instructions on how to go about doing that. You can also if you’d like to send the greeting card digitally.

This is my gift for you to enjoy and share.

Download here

I love you

I love you and thank you for the support. Feel free to send this to someone who you want to remind that you love them.

The Podcasts that I am Listening to currently

The Futur by Chris Do

This podcast is a from the previous group that makes the previous video I posted. Within this podcast what I really like about is how the style of it is. When I listen its as if I am just listening to them have a natural conversation.

Perspective Podcast

What I really enjoy about this podcast is how Scotty is such a cool down to earth guy. The podcasts are not 60 plus minutes like some podcasts. In his short podcasts they are always good and straight to the point and you gain something from them. I definitely recommend checking them out.

 

Creative Pep Talk

I absolutely love this podcast and the friendly voice of the host. Also the amount of confidence a creative person can gain from listening to this podcast is unbelievable. I will admit when I first started listening to this podcast I was not as confident in my work as I am now. Andy definitely is a gem with this podcast. I definitely recommend check it out.

 

Drunk on Lettering

This is another fun podcast. In this podcast you will hear roxy and phoebe interview amazing letter artists from instagram on their podcast. While doing the podcast they are drinking and its pretty fun. To me I get the vibe of you going out to have drinks with a friend.

 

So these are the podcast that I listen to frequently. I do have others that I am subscribed to but I wanted to share ones that I actually listen to. If there are any that you’d recommend please feel free to contact me and share.

Why Your branding Sucks and you should’ve hired an actual designer

Your branding sucks but you may not think it does. The reason why it sucks is because you wanted to be cheap and do it yourself. Also you may have thought you know I’ll just find someone who can do it for me cheaply. Well you know that it does not benefit you to go the cheap route.

Just think of how your car, shoes, bed and etc would be if you always bought cheap things. Because your brand is a symbol of what you stand for. A great example is Rolls Royce, Ferrari and many other cars of the same type. They stand for elegance and many other things and will continue to do so.

The reason they will continue stand for those things is because they did not take the cheap route. They also have realized how important branding is in all aspects. Another great example is Apple just think how the world would look at apple if they started making cheap plastic phones without caring about design.

You know that it wouldn’t have helped them at all in the long run. The same thing can be said for the Apple Watch if they did not pay attention to the details not many would’ve cared about them long term. Also it fits into the overall culture that Apple has created with their brand image, company image and etc.

We as people tend to expect certain things from Brands. Whether you want to believe it or not that is truly the way how things are. If you go into certain stores you can expect to wait and or be treated rudely. So therefore there really is no need to get upset or be surprised by that. There are little things that we have to stop overlooking.

If you are starting a dog food company that sells food that is beneficial to making a dog have a shinier coat you would invest in good branding. Because there is a certain market that you will have to appeal to. Also there are certain stores that you are going to want to sell in. Because you want to more than anything be where the customers/ clientele would be.

So stop being cheap and afraid to invest in your businesses overall image. You may not see the value in it right now. But believe me long down the road you will be glad you did. Just look at how upset people were about Ubers logo change. You want to have people get upset over you changing your logo because the one you have was so good. Another way to go about that is to have no one noticed that it changed. How many people were upset about Walmart changing their branding?

Think Different

Thinking different is what a lot of people like to in-vision themselves doing. But the act of actually doing it can be difficult. But you want to not be scared of doing things differently. If you are doing things in relation to what you actually want do.

The aspect of doing things in accord with what is true to your own nature is golden. Whenever you are listing to yourself life will be more enjoyable. When I was younger I listened to what those who were around me were telling me to do. But you know what I did I decided to take time to listen to myself.

The experiences we have in life and also the people we meet in life can either teach us or harm us. So take the time to remember thinking different is ok. There is nothing wrong with actually thinking outside of the box instead of being limited by it.

What has happened in my life recently

Well a lot of good things have happened in my life recently. I have started a new job at FedEx office. Before I was working at officemax. At officemax I worked in the print department. The experience that I gained from working at officeMax as not bad. A lot of the things I learned I still will continue to use.

The coworkers that I had from officeMax especially my supervisor he trained me very well. We had a great relationship because he taught me a lot about designing in the real world. Another thing was the types of jobs that we did for customers. I also while working at officemax I was freelancing at Herman advertising for awhile.

The other day I just sat back and thought about how my life has been over this past year. When I all of the trials and tribulations that I experienced wanted to break me I smile. I smile because they are nothing to me now and are so easy. Then I take time and appreciate myself for surviving them.

At FedEx the culture is so much better and it at first was overwhelming. By overwhelming I was pretty touched by the amount of care that is taken into consideration when hiring people, the training and also how my coworkers take the job serious.

The Moral of the story is that you may be going through a tough time or in a job that you’ve been with for awhile and no longer enjoy, but you know what get out of there. There should be no reason for you to go into your job and get emotionally upset. The major thing I would say is to go where you are appreciated and not tolerated.

Learn to use what you’ve learned in a current position to propel you forward. Also do not be afraid to talk with people and network. When you take the time to talk to people and get to know them you will have an even better life. Remember that the conversation is not always about you.