Are Graphic Design Careers a myth created by Art schools?
Topic: How to write a good resume with no work experience
June 20, 2019 / By Laurencia Question:
I am looking for an entry level job in graphic design in Pittsburgh that does not require years of experience or html software experience, which wasn't taught at my school back then. Is there such a thing or should I just continue to work in low-pay, high-stress call centers instead? I have an associate's degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and more than thirty years of practice constantly illustrating, hours almost every day. In this very room, I have stacks and stacks of many thousands of drawings and am more than skilled at rendering literally ANYTHING in graphite, marker, ink or digital mediums. I learn software quickly. I even have Adobe Creative Suite on my computer at home and it isn't difficult. I am skilled with a high end camera. I've even found my verbal skills in speaking and writing are well above those of most university professors (172 on government IQ test). I just wondered if it is even worth it to try and get something out of my education and talent or if this country still has no careers for graphic designers, even those with a higher education, talent and work-ethic like me. If telemarketing is all that such people can be hired for, I am happily moving to India with my friend and the United States and its corrupt economy can kiss my you-know-what. Critics, I appreciate your negativity, but please be aware in advance that any personal attacks will only prove my point further. Similarly, those suffering from optimism bias please do not respond if you don't have any links to places where I can apply for an entry level position in graphic design, in Pittsburgh, that does not require website design experience. Actually I expect nothing to come of this endeavor other than my own venting, so if any of the many, MANY other qualified, skilled and talented people out there who I know've also had this same experience would like to vent their disgust and rage on the subject, I would greatly appreciate hearing your stories, thanks.
Best Answers: Are Graphic Design Careers a myth created by Art schools?
Jinny | 10 days ago
Warning, what I'm gonna say might not make you feel any better.
I completely know how you feel man. When I got out of school, every graphic design job (and there were few to choose from) wanted "x" number of years experience. I remember thinking "how does anyone get experience when nobody will give them a job unless they have experience in the first place?!"
I had to do it by working a regular waiter job and then doing an unpaid internship at a design agency. Since I was just an intern there was no experience required. It sucked to work for free but what I got was some good pieces in my portfolio and some work history on my resume that was actually design related. And that is what opened up the doors for me. Not big doors by any means, but it was a start. It got my foot in the door. And from they I just had to work my way up through the ranks and companies.
Now that I've bored you with my life, here's what I really wanted to say. It's a tough economy right now, for everyone. It may feel like a designer job is just a myth, but it isn't isolated to our industry. Having said that though, in a rough economy, companies are looking to trim the fat, and unfortunately the creative departments at companies are the first to get the axe and feel the hurt of cutbacks. It's not necessarily because designers aren't appreciated, but rather that designers are important to companies that are looking to grow, not when they're looking to save money just so the company can survive recession.
The other half of the reason design jobs are slim is because web is in more demand that print and it's only getting worse. The majority of jobs out there are for web designers or web/graphic designers. It's unfortunate but that's just a trend of the times. It's still taking most colleges a long time to catch up to times with a curriculum that includes web design.
In any case, you aren't alone. The good news is things are starting to turn around and it looks like this country is on the upswing. That probably doesn't help you any now, but while you're waiting for the job market to straighten out an fly right, I suggest you teach yourself a little web design. Get some books or look up some tutorials online. There are plenty, believe me, and most of them are as free as herpes. XHTML and CSS are what most employers are wishing designers they hire knew, so if you can get yourself familiar, you can position yourself for success when the market starts opening up.
Hope that helps a little bit.
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Originally Answered: HELP! Graphic Design?
You really haven't described your project enough for us to advise you on the best application to purchase.
You mentioned Photoshop and Illustrator. These are two, very different applications, used for different forms of artwork. The pros who need both kinds, will of course, own and USE both kinds, each in their own specific applications.
If you are looking for a decent Photoshop equivilant, I suggest you find Photoshop Elements. It retails for about $100 and has the most popular functions and tools of the full version Photoshop. Most people, on this forum, who claim to own the full version have probably wasted their money because all they seem to do is change colors, smooth over zits, swap heads and bodies, combine pictures, switch backgrounds and color picturs. These are ALL things handled very well by Elements, at a fraction of the cost.
I know Corel. It's a "nice" suite, with some equivilant functions of Photoshop, Illustrator and some page layout functions, as well. However, it is still limited function app, compared to the Adobe products. Still, not knowing what is is, exactly, that you intend to do, the Corel suite may be all that you will need. But, if not, you may STILL have to end up buying a more professional grade set of applications.
I wish you luck. Perhaps if you can come back to describe this project, I can offer some better advice about your software purchases.
Originally Answered: HELP! Graphic Design?
I can help you get Photoshop CS3 Extended and Illustrator CS2. I can't help you get Illustrator CS3.
And it won't cost you a dime.
Email me with your MSN.
If you are a good illustrator and can use Creative Suite then you might be better suited for a job in graphic design for print, at least to start.
Although it may seem like every graphic job is for website design, there are many jobs that require little or no website knowledge. Check out newspapers, magazines, trade papers, large or small printing companies to find entry level jobs in advertising design, editorial illustration, and/or page layout, even larger silk screen or sign shops. Any company that produces ads uses graphic designers. Think billboard companies, non-profit organizations, large companies like mental health facilities or manufacturers often have in-house designers. If there are store chains based in Pittsburgh, they will use graphic designers for absolutely everything printed. Advertising agencies sometimes work entirely with printed media, and hire for entry level production jobs if you know CS.
I have worked for most of these kinds of companies without website experience. My first job was a part-time job at a small weekly newspaper. Got a full time job with a large daily newspaper within a year, and went on to work at all kinds of places. And, I never got a job through a want ad. Just make an appointment and tell them what you can do!
Besides, I understand that most website designers just use Dreamweaver or Creative Suite to produce sites anyway. Seems only the real techies (usually not the graphic designers) can actually read or hand write html.
Good luck with your search!
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Art Center blows Art Institute out of the water. Art Center is one of, if not the best schools in the country for graphic design, where as art institute will accept anyone with a deposit.
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Originally Answered: How should I prepare my graphic design portfolio for a job interview?
There are entire college level classes on preparing and effective portfolio. However, I will offer a few sugestions.
I suggest a larger format than 8 x 10, but not too much larger. An art director's desk is very busy, and it can be very awkward for them to have to clear off enough space for someone's 18 x 24 inch portfolio case. I suggest something like a professional, leather(ish) 16 x 20 loose leaf case with MOUNTED examples, of equal size. All mounting boards should be of the same, neutral color, or, at least, color coordinated. A rainbow of different color mounting boards can distract from the art work.
Limit the hard copy images to about a dozen. Too many can be overwhelming to the director who just wants to see the quality of your work, and not an entire history of what you have done.
Only include the BEST of the Best examples. If you have ANY doubt about a piece, leave it out. Try to tailor the portfolio to the agency you are showing. If it is a fashion design shop, they are not going to be impressed by your illustrations of hot rods, or wizards, or ponies. They are going to want to see how you depict fabric and how it moves and drapes against a human figure. They will want to know what kind of color sense you have and what your favorite pallettes are.
Student works are fine, as long as they are of high quality and relatively recent.
Since it can be risky to leave a portfolio of your valuabe originals, bring along a CD rom of the same works, PLUS, under a separate file, some more examples that the director can review at her or his leisure. You can invite the director to keep the CD. Be sure to stick a label on the disc with your contact information. You may consider designing and printing a resume, listing, either, your work experience, or a list of highlighted projects you have done. Also be sure to include the tools of the trade you have mastered, such as media, softare apps and platforms you know.