Your guide to become a Graphic Designer in Malaysia

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Who is a Graphic Designer?

A Graphic Designer is a communications professional who specialises in visual design,they put together motion pictures and imagines to create aesthetic designs

Graphic Designers create new designs base on the needs of the client or the company they are working for. After determining these needs, they prepare sketches or drafts either by hand or with the help of a computer to illustrate their vision for the design. They can do a lot of things such as creating logos for companies, design t-shirts and packaging, prepare the layout of a magazine and many more.A graphic designer is a communications professional who specialises in visual design. Graphic ...

Graphic Designers create new designs base on the needs of the client or the company they are working for. After determining these needs, they prepare sketches or drafts either by hand or with the help of a computer to illustrate their vision for the design. They can do a lot of things such as creating logos for companies, design t-shirts and packaging, prepare the layout of a magazine and many more.A graphic designer is a communications professional who specialises in visual design. Graphic designers create new designs base on the the needs of the client. After determining these needs, they prepare sketches or layouts either by hand or with the aid of a computer to illustration their vision for the design.They can do a lot of things such as creating logos for companies, design t-shirts and packaging, prepares the layout of a magazine and many more.

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The pros and cons of being a Graphic Designer:

Pros

Freedom & flexibility for freelance Graphic Designers

Job involves a lot of variety and creativity as you handle more projects

Your role is key to a successful campaign

Cons

Must be able to produce quality work even under pressure

Criticism and feedback from clients can be harsh

Competitive job market

What are all the responsibilities of a Graphic Designer ?

Discuss with your clients on what they require

Estimate the time needed to complete the project

Create designs for clients

Think creatively and produce interesting ideas and concepts

Make new and innovative designs

Present finalised ideas to your client

Able to use computer software(s) to create designs

Ensure there are no mistakes in your designs

Create rough sketches

Commission illustrators and photographers

Work with other professionals to complete a project

What skills do you need to become a Graphic Designer?

Creativity

This is an obvious one. To be a good Graphic Designer, creative juices must flow freely, not limiting your ideas to a box. One way to do this is to go around looking for inspiration to fuel new ideas, be it a walk in the park, bungee jumping or meeting new people, so you never run out of ideas. If your brain is like a canvas, constantly thinking of new ways to make art out of something boring or if you cringe looking at a poster at the sidewalk and think you can do a better job, then this is for you.

Open to criticism

The creative industry is filled with people who are just as creative as you but because each one of them has their own style of designing, you will have to be ready to receive criticisms. Your boss, colleagues, clients, whoever it is looking at your designs will criticise you one way or another so just keep an open mind, improve and learn from your mistakes.

Able to work in a team

If it’s a small company, you might be the only designer but you will still need to work in a team. You will have to liaise with advertisers or those in the marketing communications department to find out important elements to include in the design and specific instructions by the client to ensure you stick to their brand’s image.

What field(s) of study should you choose to become a Graphic Designer?

What are the requirements to be a Graphic Designer?

As this field leans more towards the practical aspect of education such as a person’s skills the creativity, no official qualifications are needed. Some crucial designing software you will be needing are Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop. With a basic Degree in Graphic Design or any of the Design courses, you will be able to apply for a job in this field.

What are the working hours of a Graphic Designer?

Typically, a Graphic Designer works from 9am to 5pm but this all depends on how fast you can complete the task. If you have not completed it by the end of the day and the deadline is the next day, then you need to work extra hours. The working hours of a freelancer are more flexible than in normal jobs.

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