My Graphic Design Journey

My Graphic Design Journey - student project

How to Become a Graphic Designer: Student Project

Question 1: First of all, list your goals for learning or studying graphic design 

Is it to make a career change late in life? To make more money or to have a side income? To have a job you enjoy doing? Share in as much detail as you would like. 

  • Find a career that makes me happy (career change from being an art teacher)
  • Having a job with flexible hours and workplaces
  • Connecting to myself as an artist 
  • Broadening my skill set as a working artist
  • Creating a brand for myself as an artist

Question 2: Research software you need to have 

Take a look at the downloadable resource where I list several design software options. Take a look at which set of design tools fit your budget and your learning goals and list which ones you need to study in more detail. 

  • Affinity Designer
  • Affinity Photo
  • Affinity Publisher 

Question 3: Research equipment and list what you need to purchase 

Research and find out what type of laptop or desktop you will need if you do not already have one. You can look up your chosen design software and look at the software requirements to make sure your new or old computer can run the software.   

I have a 2013 Macbook Air that is in okay shape. I am interested in getting an ipad for illustrating in Procreate but that is not a necessity. 

Question 4: Choose your desired work option

Take a look at the page with the various working options. Do you want to work part-time or full-time? Do you want to pursue an agency or in-house salaried job? Do you want to be open to all options and see what comes your way? Do you want to do this just for fun? Some work options require more portfolio preparation like in-house or agency jobs, while freelancing options need more time spent on personal branding and marketing tasks. 

Ideally I would like to eventually work full-time. I am open to working freelance or in-house at a salaried position. This is a new journey and I want to see what comes my way. 

Question 5: Where will I get my work and studying done? 

Write down the space(s) where you would like to learn and practice your design work. A coffee house part of the day? A certain room that may turn into a home office? What do you need to do to make this space ready for use? 

I will be doing my studying mostly at my apartment after work, or on my free days, and possibly at libraries or coffee shops. I am more focused away from home but while I learn I will also be working other jobs so I might be too tired to leave the apartment again. 

Question 6: Finding places of community and inspiration 

I have a helpful page in the pdf resource that lists many places to find design challenges and inspiration. I want you to pick at least 3 places for you to check out in the next month as you start your learning journey. 

  • Lindsay Marsh Teaches Design Facebook group
  • The Futur Youtube Channel
Michaela Borg

Artist, educator, and aspiring designer!