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Don't get a Job, Make a Job - how to succeed as a creative graduate. First things first – the days of trading in your degree certificate for a nice safe job offer are gone, and who knows if they will ever return. It is simply not enough to graduate anymore, the world demands more from you – you are the future, you are the next generation of entrepreneurs, design-thinkers, hyper-specialists and cultural agitators. You have a role, you have a responsibility…it is no longer about the world of the design…. it is about the design of your world! Being a writer is one of those jobs where you are one, because you do it. The title makes no grand gestures and has no barriers to entry – unlike many other professions – I love that about it. It doesn’t mean you will be a good writer obviously; there are no junior authors, middleweight bloggers or senior poets!

I’m very much a why-not, why-wait, move-over-let-me-try kind of girl and being a writer isn’t the first job I made for myself, and it sure as hell won’t be the last. 5 Complimentary Skills to Graphic Design | You the Designer. Articles January 7, 2009 In today’s economy competition is rougher than ever and even before this economic down turn I had mentioned how competitive the field of graphic design was getting and how more and more job listings were looking for multi-talented designers. By this I mean many employers want you to not only be a graphic designer, but also a web designer with knowledge of multiple coding language and much more.

If you are freelancing from home than you will need even more skills to make the most of your home business so you can bring in as much steady income as possible. Below are some areas I recommend designers branch off into once they have a solid foundation in design. Even having basic skills in these areas will help a ton! 1. Web Design Web design is probably the most valuable skill to have as a graphic designer. 2. 3. Online marketing is an essential skill for anyone looking to make the most of their freelance design business. 4. 5. 12 Ways to Tap Into an Endless Well of Creativity. There is no reason to ever run out of ideas. The world, our minds, history, and the Internet offer an infinite realm of artistic exploration. Consider the impact your habits, approach, organization, and internal rhythms have on your finished work. Find out some approaches professional artists use to continuously wave a wand of endless creativity. 1. Mine your Subconscious and Dreams Your subconscious mind is an unlimited source of creativity. 2.

Successful artists record their ideas regularly. I remember in design school seeing some students keep journals that were bits of design, ads, or photos they had found, pasted into their notebooks with lots of detailed notes breaking down the process behind each piece or what they found interesting about it. Moleskine is a popular drawing and writing journal. Bearskinrug has sketchbooks on display. 3. If you like an artist's work, then study their work. There is nothing wrong with this kind of copying. 4. 5. 6. You can study whole movements. 7. The Top 10 Web Design Skills You WILL Need! Here are my top 10 web design skills that you WILL need to master to become an effective web designer.

If you’re serious about mastering web design and marketing, check out the Pro Web Design Alliance. See how Jordan benefited from the course forum and Google hangout sessions to make his and his clients’ sites better. Look at Jordan’s site and the testimonials from his clients here.  The personal interaction with Ben and fellow students while  working on live sites makes the learn by doing course philosophy start generating money for you while you are still in the course. Your priorities may be different (and my priorities may be different a few months down the line).

And I’d add that you don’t need all these skills in any particular measure to make it in web design. . #1. I’m convinced the #1 most important skill for a web designer is the ability to use words effectively. Effective wording is of singular importance in several highly important factors in the success of web pages: #2. The 5 Golden Rules for Increasing productivity as a Designer. These are five very useful tips which I use and follow as designer in order to increase productivity while working on a design project. 1.

Task Management Task management is essential to any freelancer breaking weekly tasks in to manageable tasks and then compiling them in to a short to do list, this is great method to ensure all projects and deadlines are met and a great way to also assess if the day was productive by checking if you completed to days tasks on your to-do list. 2. An Minimalistic workspace This is a great tip which I read in an interview with Andrew Houle from My Ink Blog which is perfect for increasing productivity having a minimalistic workspace. 3. Staying focused is easier said than done especially if you’re a freelancer working from your home environment, because there are so many distractions which can lead to you neglecting a project. 4. 5. 6.

Every day learn something new, a tutorial or read an article. Why not leave a comment ? 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating. “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S.

History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration In the above account, Mike’s obviously stuck in a routine that many of us may have found ourselves in, yet in the moment we feel it’s almost an impossible routine to get out of.

When we constantly multitask to get things done, we’re not multitasking, we’re rapidly shifting our attention. Phase 1: Blood Rush Alert When Mike decides to start writing his History essay, blood rushes to his anterior prefrontal cortex. Phase 2: Find and Execute. How to Improve As a Graphic Designer (with pictures) 10 Business Skills Creative Professionals Need to Succeed. Approaching your job as a writer, designer or photographer with a little business acumen can give you more time to ply your craft, more brain power to fuel your creativity and more money in your bank account. The following tips can help build your business expertise. Hit the Books Don’t just sharpen your creative skills; feed your brain with knowledge applicable to all industries.

James Nolen, lecturer at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, suggests taking at least one basic business course from a community college or continuing-education program. Understand the Market and the Brand Do your homework. Aim for the Bottom Line The goal may be to increase sales in a certain area or deflect attention from, say, negative news coverage. Network Building your network can help build your net worth. Dress for Success Nolen advocates leaving your creative wardrobe at home. Communicate Effectively Be a proactive listener.

Know Your Numbers.