We’ve all been in the awkward position of deciding to spend the day designing for our clients.
Or worse yet, not design at all.
This week, I’m interviewing a few designers to find out why it might be that the most talented designers are left out of the job market.
I’ll be exploring their experiences in a series of interviews.
The first is from my colleague Scott McInnis, the creator of the graphic design app Artie.
He’s currently designing for the University of Texas, where he teaches in Graphic Design and Digital Media.
Scott also works at The Wall Street Journal, where his work has been featured in publications like Fast Company, Fortune, and Forbes.
Scott has been interviewed on ABC News, CBS News, and NPR.
He shares some of his advice for aspiring designers, and why we should all be listening to him.
Scott says: “We have an incredibly high skill set and an incredibly strong network.
You can build a portfolio of work with the same portfolio.
But the way you get noticed and recognized is by doing work that people care about.”
He then goes on to explain that, while he thinks there’s room for improvement, he believes we can still do a lot better.
The second interview is from a freelance designer named Sarah, who’s also the founder of Design by Design.
She’s currently working on a new project for the startup Design by Code.
She explains her approach to design, how she thinks it relates to the industry, and what it takes to get to a professional designer.
Sarah says: I believe design is not a career path.
It’s a life path.
Design is not about having a portfolio and a portfolio is not going to show you the way to success.
It will only show you how to fail.
You will get better at what you do, but you won’t get any closer to being great at anything else.
The only way you will ever really be better at anything is if you spend the time and energy to learn.
Sarah shares her tips on finding your path and then getting there.
She suggests that you make sure you’re following a number of tips, and then stick to those.
These tips include:Being comfortable with your strengths.
Being comfortable with yourself.
Being aware of how others are seeing you.
Having a sense of what you’re good at.
Knowing that you have to work at it to achieve your goals.
Working for yourself.
I also believe that there is no one-size-fits-all way to be a professional graphic designer.
I recommend starting small.
You need to have the skills, the experience, and the willingness to try new things.
You also need to know that there are other opportunities out there.
It also helps to know what other opportunities exist.
You don’t have to be the best designer, but it’s important to realize that not everyone can be.
Sarah says: If you have a passion for design, there are many opportunities for you to get paid for it.
If you’re a designer, you can build up your skills by doing things that are important to you and your clients.
I love Sarah’s approach to the topic.
I think it’s a good starting point.
She is a great example of someone who has successfully found a career that works for her.
But what does all of this mean?
Well, I think a lot of us, designers and freelancers alike, have a feeling that we’re just not getting the job done.
It feels like we’re being pigeonholed into certain roles or being treated like we don’t matter.
She says: You can’t be great at one thing, then go off and be great and not be recognized for your work.
You need to work harder and smarter than ever.
I know this sounds like a tough message to say, but I have a couple of friends who are incredibly successful designers who work at high-end companies.
And they say they’ve done the opposite of what I do, which is worked on every aspect of their career.
They’re constantly learning, and they’ve found success by doing what they love.
Sarah also suggests that designers who are learning how to be more efficient should take on more design jobs in the future.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to succeed in the industry and how to start your own business, check out our free guide on starting a design business, Designing For Yourself.