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    I've been curious, as to all the artists here. Who is actually a graphic designer, and who does it for a mere hobby?

    I'm thinking about changing my career paths and I'd like some feedback.
    I really don't want to be a mechanic, but I don't want to hit a dead end in graphic designing.

    I want to know how far it can go, as to animation, prints, advertisments. etc.

    If any of you guys can peak my interest in graphic design once again, I'd appreciate it.

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    I do it professionally(over 8 years experience), mostly contracting on the side now days as I have recently changed careers.

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    should read "pique my interest" btw :3

    /spelling nazi

    also, best of luck.

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    Pique my interest? Can I get a lead? Never heard of it before.

    Also, olaph, would you say its a reliable career once headed the right track?

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    It's a poverty stricken career unless you live in the right place or work for a soul-sucking firm.

    It's a massively competitive industry and unless you really feel a calling towards it you should look into other options.

    There's also the issue of your specialization. Animation, industrial, print and web design are virtually completely different worlds in terms of their industry and the requirements for the players.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Serix View Post
    It's a poverty stricken career unless you live in the right place or work for a soul-sucking firm.

    It's a massively competitive industry and unless you really feel a calling towards it you should look into other options.

    There's also the issue of your specialization. Animation, industrial, print and web design are virtually completely different worlds in terms of their industry and the requirements for the players.
    Is there the possibility of going in two categories of the industry? As in, print, and animation? It would further increase the opportunities would it not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRequiem View Post
    Also, olaph, would you say its a reliable career once headed the right track?
    I feel it is, the trick is securing a full time position (as Serix said, very competitive and saturated industry), but once you do it is quite reliable and is really fun.

    Dealing with internal/external clients can be very frustrating though.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRequiem View Post
    Is there the possibility of going in two categories of the industry? As in, print, and animation? It would further increase the opportunities would it not?
    There is always the possibility to branch out into multiple categories, I myself did both web & print design and am looking to become a programmer(it gives me the edge as most programmers can't design for crap).

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    Whelp, I've gotta get me a PS program soon.

    Thanks for the invoice guys, it helps.

    I may start off with a full time, while freelancing on the side to see where I can get with that.

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    I work in graphic design, but I am studying digital media. It isn't my dream-job but it's great to be working artistically to pay for my studies.

    Graphic design is quite a competitive field. It's hard to make a solid living off of, due to organizations either A) hiring on contract, B) hiring only part time, or C) outsourcing their graphic design projects to an agency... and agencies are hard to break into.

    Now I don't mean to discourage you from taking that path if that's what you want to do. Definitely pursue a career that you will enjoy. Just know that this is a difficult one to follow... but it can be very rewarding if you are successful :).

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    Around 7 years ago I started it up as a hobby and got pretty good at it. I then started a study for it 3 years ago and my interest in it slowly fade away. After passing my study I completely stopped with graphic design because it is very hard to get a job in it and I must say I like it as a hobby more. Even though I was the best student in each year I just found it very boring and quite easy to do. I'm the sort of person that seeks challenges. I still do some freelance work if I need some extra cash but I have no interests in doing more than that.

    edit: oh I forgot to note, I can actually make anything its not a problem at all but I lack the inspiration most of the time, I was actually thinking for 2/3hours on my exam what I wanted to create, easily finished in time though but inspiration is definitely the most important thing to have for this kind of job So if you really enjoy doing this i'd say just go for it. Why the hell not? You'll see where the ship sails. Just follow your dreams even though people tell you not to
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    Quote Originally Posted by Proxzor View Post
    Around 7 years ago I started it up as a hobby and got pretty good at it. I then started a study for it 3 years ago and my interest in it slowly fade away. After passing my study I completely stopped with graphic design because it is very hard to get a job in it and I must say I like it as a hobby more. Even though I was the best student in each year I just found it very boring and quite easy to do. I'm the sort of person that seeks challenges. I still do some freelance work if I need some extra cash but I have no interests in doing more than that.

    edit: oh I forgot to note, I can actually make anything its not a problem at all but I lack the inspiration most of the time, I was actually thinking for 2/3hours on my exam what I wanted to create, easily finished in time though but inspiration is definitely the most important thing to have for this kind of job So if you really enjoy doing this i'd say just go for it. Why the hell not? You'll see where the ship sails. Just follow your dreams even though people tell you not to
    From personal experience, inspiration comes from great ideas & concepts. Some of my best work has been when a client has an idea that literally gets me excited.

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    Haha I lost interest in it after I felt like I exceeded my expectations about 4 years ago.
    But I honestly don't want my hobby to be a "job" which being a mechanic would make that happen. A "job"

    So I recently got back into design because it seems like something I'd have fun doing with its "competitiveness."

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    If Graphic design is something you are really interested in then go for it. However, to get a leg up on the competition you're going to need to be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. What do I mean by this?

    Since the economy has gone down the tubes there is a derth of Graphic Designers looking for work. Companies want those graphic designers on their payroll that can do more. Every graphic designer can create a logo or a website with a WISYWYG editor.

    Companies want the graphic designer that can do that and hand code HTML, JAVA Script, CSS, and Actionscript. You apply without one or all of those skills besides design and they are going to round-file your resume when you send it in.

    Want to work at a gaming company? You'd better be able to hand sketch as well as have experience with Maya, 3DS Max, Mudbox, Zbrush, and have a kick *** demo reel even if you are doing static background environments or just want to be a texture artist. Getting a degree through some place highly reputable like Full Sail would be imeasureable here because all of their job listings ask for the potential candidate to have a shipped title of some sort. The only thing that would get you over or around that roadblock is to have a degree from a kick butt game design school / Design school that the big companies head hunt out of. I only say Full Sail because they have graduates that have worked on THE best games that have been released in a long time such as Skyrim and Halo.

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    for anyone reading this.


    do something that you like (and somehow pays the bills). just know the harder the path, the more rewarding the payout; this doesn't always mean money-wise. if you dropped mechanics to look into design of any kind (provided you had some prior knowledge in either) for reasons like you didn't know if it would be a dead end career....then design will make you lose interest unless you are very competitive and creative.


    this applies to anybody in any field. do it because you love it and do it well. the money & attention or whatever you desire will come after

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