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What do you do for a living?


What do you do for a living?

  • Employed Graphic Designer

    Votes: 64 21.9%
  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    Votes: 87 29.8%
  • Programmer/Coder

    Votes: 9 3.1%
  • Student

    Votes: 51 17.5%
  • Unemployed

    Votes: 7 2.4%
  • Non Designer

    Votes: 19 6.5%
  • Other (explain if you wish)

    Votes: 55 18.8%

  • Total voters
    292

@GCarlD

Well-Known Member
Yeah I remember the thread you made about your previous work issues. Dunno why but I always thought you were a developer?

Good on you anyway!
 
I'm an employed graphic designer & events photographer. I also do some freelance film work.
I'd like to specialise in graphic design, so hoping to get into university next year to study graphic communication! :icon_biggrin:
 
Hi everyone,

I thought I'd introduce myself on this website by letting you know what I do.

I am a Recruitment Consultant for a small but growing rapidly recruitment company.

As I'm only 18 I have a lot of time ahead of me. I aim to become either a freelance graphic designer or own my own graphic design company (I know there's a lot of competition).

If any of you guys have any tips for me, please feel free to contact me.
 

Paul Murray

Moderator
Staff member
I aim to become either a freelance graphic designer or own my own graphic design company (I know there's a lot of competition).

If any of you guys have any tips for me, please feel free to contact me.
This is the stage I'm at now – currently trying to move from self-employment as a freelancer to starting my own agency. Best advice I can give you is write a business plan and continually refer back to it (it's a guide for running your business!), don't be put off by the competition (they can't do all the work themselves), and stick at it (most fall at the first hurdle, keep running and the odds stack in your favour).
 

@GCarlD

Well-Known Member
This is the stage I'm at now – currently trying to move from self-employment as a freelancer to starting my own agency. Best advice I can give you is write a business plan and continually refer back to it (it's a guide for running your business!), don't be put off by the competition (they can't do all the work themselves), and stick at it (most fall at the first hurdle, keep running and the odds stack in your favour).
I'm in the same boat. My worry is not having enough clientel and running out of work. Where do people find the work to keep active 5 days of the week (min)?
 
I'm a business developer manager for a digital design agency. Occasional freelance work designing for print (as to not conflict with work)

I'm also looking into building a new web app project, tracking businesses that visit your website. There is a handful of competition out there but nothing spectacular / nothing design lead and focused.

They're my jobs in a nutshell.
 

scotty

Well-Known Member
The longer I do what I do it gets harder to explain what I do......do.
I tend to call myself a Designer/Illustrator (Desillustrator) but I work on all kinds of stuff.

All the general 'Graphic Design' things, illustration, product design, typography, traditional brush lettering, animation, character design, apparel and so on.

Right now I work quite a lot with a professional mural/graffiti company which is pretty awesome as it's always a challenge, rarely boring and I get to go on all sorts of little adventures..
Also getting a bit more into After Effects and supposed to be doing some filming and editing of the graff work which includes learning to fly and film with a drone. EEK! o_O

I worked for many years in-house (which I HATED) but these days I'm a freelancer which suits me much better.
Doing all these things makes it a bit of a nightmare to market myself but in all honesty, sticking to one thing would bore the crap out of me.
 
I work in a Special Needs School, but I am hoping to make a transition into Graphic Design. I have a strong art background and I am currently working on building a strong Graphic Design portfolio.

Dave
 

scotty

Well-Known Member
Good look with your transition from what must be a worthwhile and and rewarding career into what is essentially faffing about with fonts and arguing the toss with a client about the colour of a box. ;)
 
I run a sign shop producing signs, vehicle graphics, t-shirt printing etc. I also run a vectorization service targeting the sign industry.
We produce all of the artwork for thee sign shop including logos etc and I joined this forum to connect to other designers.

I have also started learning a little web design as well so we can offer our clients simple websites

Paul
 
Good look with your transition from what must be a worthwhile and and rewarding career into what is essentially faffing about with fonts and arguing the toss with a client about the colour of a box. ;)
Thank you Scotty. Rewarding yes, but also very very exhausting. After 8 years I need a change to a career that allows me to be more creative.