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What advice would you give to a starting graphic designer?

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by apartments, Mar 28, 2017.

  1. apartments

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    What advice would you give to a starting graphic designer?
     
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    Have you got a website that can show your work?
     
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    Make a good Portfolio of your all designs work to show your clients.
     
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    send some sample of work to the websites and to your friends and tell them to give a feedback and make videos for you tube and post in all social media platforms to make your own brand , then seel your wotk in upwork, fiverr..

    tell me what more help you need
     
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    Hmm if you really new, Just find a medium where you can get critiqued, what you might think is good might look bad, read books and understand why a piece looks good.
     
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    Get a good portfolio, make sure there are no typos in your sales threads.

    Offer a fair price for your work, if anything under promise and over deliver.
     
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    A good portfolio (PDF is fine) and specialize in something like typography (nobody does this but it's important).
     
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    get vreative cloud license and a mac pro?


    dam, I really think outside the box
     
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    I'm a self taught Freelance Web Designer for about 10 years so could give you some advice.

    Now, graphic designer is a broad term, what will you be designing? Websites, logo's, flyers, posters etc. Or like me, all of it?

    First off and most logical make a website to sell your services on. Do you design in HTML, CSS, JS, Bootstrap or do you customize WP themes or even do you code and design your own WP themes? Whatever is the case, make sure your website looks Top Notch!! It has to have a unique design and the text has to be flawless unless you are me :p I already states on my website that my grammar sucks and that my skills are in design and if anyone see some error in my text on the website they can tell me and I will adjust it :D then again, I'm a bit different than most.

    So yeah, your own website has to be the creme de la creme.

    Now comes the part, how will you get customers, now I will share you a little trick of mine, it's nothing special but not a lot of established web designers do this anymore because they already have a client base and make most of their money through retainers plus they clients will refer them.

    You ever heard of cold calling? I saw this technique from real estate agents on TV, what I do is cold emailing. So what I basically do when I am in need of new customers is just go on the World Wide Web and hunt websites that are out of date or just shitty looking.

    I recently had a client for a real estate website that I found through cold emailing. I found this couple on a forum that were actually designing their own website but it looked absolutely shit!! A typical amateur website, drag and drop animated gifs, colors that don't match, tons of different fonts, no layout, not responsive etc etc it was utter shit! So I basically mailed them and told them it was shit (in some nicer words:D) and that they were losing potential customers.

    So my intro mail stated who I am, what I do and explaining them why it's an absolute necessity to have a descent website that 1 looks good and 2 needs to be responsive and some extra sweet talk about making a custom contact form just for them with google maps, social media backlinks etcetera.

    Another tip, for example in some marketplace type of fb group or where ever, offer some 5 page websites for a big discount so you can fill up your portfolio.

    :) GL.
     
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    Keep up to date with trends by reading a bunch of blogs. This is a cool collection of links for design related stuff.

    Try to develop your own style and have good communication with anyone you're dealing with.
     
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    It won't be easy getting clients to pay for your stuff ,so be prepared for that.
    Like others said have a proper website (not carbonmade websites) where you show your work and contact details just incase someone wants to get some work done from you.

    But that is not enough. You have to bring TRAFFIC to your site. So start an Instagram account ,build a following . Share your content.
    If you have time ,start a YouTube Channel. Post Speed Arts ,Tutorials on designing.
    Get your name out there.

    Collaborate with other designers.
     
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    Built your own portfolio with the best work you've done. Built a very good looking responsive website with your portfolio. Search other designer to get a good idea.
     
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    Go to https://99designs.com/ => check the projects, most probably you will not win anything, but still, try doing the projects (that's free) - you will gain experience and will learn.