Though the journey of a self-taught graphic designer is very unconventional, you will be surprised by just how many of them are out there. Encouraged by this and the spare time I had on my hands due to the pandemic, I started learning things that I was interested in. That is how my graphic design journey began – by taking an online course. A few passion projects later, I began to actively pursue professional experience in the industry. My journey so far as a graphic design intern at Penthara Technologies has been a ride of learning and discovering. Here are a few takeaways from my first month at the job that stood out to me –
This is a sound advice from Alvin Toffler which anyone who wants to get ahead in their career would benefit from. To make work that is clear in its purpose, you first need to understand the core principles of design. Right from the first day at my internship, the company’s CEO put an extra emphasis on learning design from all possible sources – people, videos, blogs, and books. It does not matter where you are in your design journey, always be a student of the craft.
You also need to be able to loop through unlearning and relearning if you want to stay current about the happenings in the industry. I would spend a lot of time drawing grids in Adobe Illustrator using rectangles and guides. Soon, I saw a better method to do it by dividing a rectangle, the size of the artboard, into a grid from the toolbar. Finding the latter much more efficient, I had to unlearn the previous way of making grids and relearn this new method.