My name is Godfrey, Lead Graphic designer at Integrated Corporate Services Limited
Let me share my story with you about how I got involved in designs before badging my first degree .
I first became aware of Graphic Design during my undergraduate days in 2012. My school had been built in the 50s and the library was literally frozen in time. I would search though the art books and online graphics repositories, only to realize that there wasn’t anything current- everything appeared to be 25+ years old or maybe obsolete. One day, I bought an electronic magazine from a friend “Nathaniel”(my colleague in the university at that time) called SkillzMag. Everything was so creative and satirical that I forgot I was even looking at a publication!
In the fall of 2013, I signed up for a month elementary graphics design training with EmpowerNigeria(A human capital development organization at the university). I’d already been doing freelance jobs in my spare time, but I knew that if I wanted to be a legitimate designer, I needed to improve my technical skills and learn from expert.
Still, when I graduated from the university in 2015, I didn’t know that Graphic Design was a viable career option! I toured the city of Lagos seeking internship while contemplating a second degree in business, but when an interviewer flipped through my portfolio and saw a less attractive designs and very little drawing or painting, that wasn’t quite impressive to them.
In my efforts to improve my skills as a design expert, I found CareerNaija’s Digital Skills Training very apt in understanding the Principles and theories of Graphic Design and working with different sets of font type are essential techniques to successfully bring my creative thoughts to paper. With a lot of mentors and well-groomed professionals to learn from, I know the sky was just a starting point.
The Process of Learning
In reality, graphic design isn’t all about flashiness and creativity but the general art of making things look cool. There is a need to have a strong foundation to build up on. The best advice I’ve ever been given is that you can’t break the rules unless you’ve learned them first!
I know a handful of self-taught designers who have great and amazing works, though it’s a rarity (Even with schooling)
In my experience, a fresh graduate from school takes between six and eighteen months to become a contributing member of a creative agency- and that is with careful shepherding and plenty of attention.
Learning and mastering graphics, in its entirety, offers you good working ambiance to allow your creative juice to flow. The training will teach you how to market your work and build a career for yourself. You will also get familiar with graphics design process from start to finish and graphics designing for functional purposes, such as a business card, books or brand identity system. In addition, the class will train participants to use applications for the real world, such as learning to research, processing visual solutions in programs, and creating effective presentations.
Find out more on What You’ll Learn at the CareerNaija's Graphic Design Training>>>
Now that I am almost a“PRO”
From leading the design team at Dream Seminar to working with top Nigeria brands. It has been a steep journey on the road to Design perfections. I remember staying awake till 6am in the morning planning graphics layout for a project whose deadline is near.
I have worked with over 20 startups offering design consultation with a bit of business acumen. This wouldn’t be possible if I was self-taught and not have mentors and teachers to fall back on in the early stage. Now, I and a host of creative experts will be facilitating at the November’s edition of Digital Skills Training from Careernaija.com. Register here >>>
In the words of Donovan Bailey, “Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams”.
You want to start that journey in Design Business? Let’s get you started
The Truth (Is Awesome)
If you want to get famous and be treated like a rock star, graphic design is NOT the field for you. It will require long hours, pleasing a client’s aesthetics (instead of your own vision), and devoting tons of time to minute details most people will never notice.
Even if your passion is keyed more towards fine art, graphic design can be a viable way to make a living while you’re trying to break into the gallery scene. I know a number of graphic designers that do this and still find time to work on their personal projects. Everyone needs to earn a living somehow! As a graphic designer, the learning never stops… and it really is a labor of love.
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