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helpful (but obvious) article


tim

Senior Member
#1
i found this today via stumbleupon.

very helpful especially for me... or maybe just me.

1. Your diploma doesn’t help you to find a job

But your portfolio does! Of course it’s a good thing to get a design education and a proof of it, but when it comes to get money out of their wallet clients want to see what you are capable of, not a diploma. When looking for work, I never had to show my diploma, not even once.


2. Good design takes time, don’t set too tight deadlines

When you are in design school, the teacher sets the deadlines for you and tries to give you enough time. Your boss or your client will not be like your design teacher, they will try to push you to be more productive and give you too little time to get work done. All my worst designs have been created when I agreed to work with unrealistic deadlines.


3. You clients don’t think that you are an artist

They just think you should help them to sell more. This doesn’t mean you should give up on good design, it just means that you’ll have to be convincing when you want to bring a more artistic touch to a job. I’ve been very frustrated with this when I first got out of school, but I learned to deal with it by educating my clients.


4. You must be able to handle irrelevant criticism

When you are in school, you learn a lot from getting criticized by your teachers and classmates. Obviously these people all have some design skills, sometimes more than yourself. It is much harder to handle critics about your work when they come from people with no design education. You can be sure that you’ll hear some insane things and have to deal with it.


5. You should backup your data on a regular basis

Most people learn this the hard way, the day their computer crashes. Usually it happens at the worst time, before a client meeting or something similar. If you think that this isn’t design-related, you are totally wrong.


6. Start networking, now!

Be sociable, even if you are the best designer out there, nobody will know it if people don’t get a chance to meet you. You don’t even need to attend work-related events, just join a sport team, drama group or whatever suits you, the most important thing is that you meet some like-minded people. When with people, don’t oversell and talk about your work all the time, but be sure never to miss an opportunity when you think that someone could need your skills.


7. Make sure your client signs a contract

This is sometimes annoying, especially when you think that you can trust the client, but it can save you a lot of trouble. You should make it a habit to have you clients signing a simple and comprehensive contract before starting to work. If you have no clue of how to write a contract, phone your mother.


8. Learning design is an ongoing process

Getting your diploma doesn’t mean that your design education is over, far from it. As a designer you have to stay up-to-date with the latest trends, software updates and industry news, or you’ll quickly lose touch.


9. Being a good designer is not only about talent

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”. This quote by Thomas Jefferson says it all about the importance of hard work in creative fields. As a designer, you need to read, work and experiment constantly, it is the only way to let your natural talent explode.


10. Your printer will stop working when you need it the most

Need to print your design to go meet your client? Chances are that your printer will chose that moment to die. Make sure you have some friends or working partners willing to help in these cases.
 

tim

Senior Member
#3
yeah for half-experienced people.

i wish i'd have come across this ages ago though, half of this i never knew.

like #1. my first client (a complete tosser) didn't sign a contract (as we *were* friends). fail
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#4
ahh yes... I guess my HND was a different course to other design based ones.. as I had to run my own business for 2 years while I was there as part of the course... :)
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#6
I went to Farnborough College of Technology.. admittedly it was almost 10 years ago now that I finished there :p
 

tbwcf

Active Member
#8
Chris you went to Farnborough College of Technology???

I live in Camberley, formerly Mytchett.... Small world!

I presume you not local now?!
 

tbwcf

Active Member
#9
Sorry for the tangent Tim, all good points and although obvious are worth remembering sometimes your too close to the wood to see the trees
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#10
Nope not any more.. I used to live in Woking, then moved to New Zealand in 2002, was there for 5 years then came back to Woking then got a job and moved to London with my now fiance :) now planning on moving to Milton Keynes before our wedding :) i've moved around a bit :p

I know Mychett very well, used to travel through it between Woking and Farnborough (and North Camp :p LOL) Did you ever go to a greasy spoon in North Camp called Checkers? They did the best fry up for £3.00 was great on a Sunday morning LOL
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#11
Oh and Timbo, I don't know if they still do my course anymore at Farnborough.. but it is a decent design college.. has its own TV studio and all sorts.. I did my university radio stuff there too :)

If you've ever heard of a Radio 1 DJ, Annie Mac, I used to live in a house share with her, she went to Farnborough College of Technology with me and she did the Radio HND :) LOL
 

tbwcf

Active Member
#12
hmmm used to be a saturday morning thing for a while to go to a greasy cafe in North Camp but noooo idea what it was called!

Sounds good!

Like the Widdlers Wee site by the way! Good luck with making the dream happen! :)
 

tbwcf

Active Member
#14
I'll buy you a few beers from time to time if you end up being local tim...

Although if it was me (haven't done a design course - did music then been self taught in design) I would go to Falmouth uni! the course seems awesome and its a really cool place...

I did find a course I really wanted to do in New Zealand before though!
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#15
bloody hell the Rushmoor Cafe.. I thought that place got closed down??

Checkers was a greasy spoon with no toilet.. I remember it vividly.. if you needed to go, the owner suggested taking a pee down the alley behind it LOL he was a crazy chinese guy and his young wife who was as bonkers as him!

Thanks for the good luck with Widdlers Wee :) Natalie and I are working towards our own Small Hold, hopefully in about 7 years or so, with pigs and chickens and loads of stuff like that :) fun fun fun :D (you wouldn't happen to be good with CSS and HTML and be willing to help out with a theme i'm trying to make for it... my CSS is poo :lol: )
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#16
I used to teach Design for Print in New Zealand. In the Auckland campus of the Design College. Mainly out of frustration that no Designers in New Zealand knew how to layup for print :mad:
 

tbwcf

Active Member
#17
Ha no toilet! "just lose the ally son" - brilliant!

Teaching in New Zealand sounds cool! My girlfriend has mentioned moving to Oz for a bit and I'm led to believe I could do relatively well with design out there....

I am pretty good with html/css and to an extent jquery (mainly knowing what can be done and using open source plugins than coding it myself on the jquery front) and pretty good with wordpress...

I'd be happy to help! just let me know what you'd like help with and I'll do what I can for your good cause!
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#18
you're a star mate :D I'll send you an email tomorrow about it :) its just that my basic HTML and CSS skills suck so much.. but I know enough about Wordpress to set the correct areas etc :) Thats very kind of you to help :D

Oz is a strange place, i've known a few people who've moved out there... Design wise, i'm sure there are a couple of Ozzy Designers here who can point you in the right direction about working out there :)
 

tbwcf

Active Member
#19
No worries Chris, look forward to your mail tomorrow I don't know how much I'll be around the mac tomo but I'll get back to you soon as I can on it! - I like working on/helping with things I'm interested in!
 
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chrismitchell

Guest
#20
thats awesome :D I'll probably either use your online email form or just through DF :D

Damn I feel bad for Timbo :p this was his thread :p :lol: