How to not hate Graphic Design

Graphic Design is a special career where there’s a fine line between insanity and the latter. For many it’s very stressful, and for those that have been in the industry for a long time it’s a true test of patience. If you’re one of these people, you’re a wonderful person and you deserve a medal!

Despite the many complaints, I wouldn’t change a thing! I’d rather spend time with my head down, designing logos, banners and posters than being stuck in a shopping isle pointing people to the wooly hat section (no offence to people that do this for a living). Oh graphic design, how I love you, but I sometimes I have to keep myself from hating you sometimes. Here’s how I do it:

It’s not you, it’s me

In the midst of all my complaints I’ve come to realise that my career path is what I make of it. If I’m disorganised about a project then it’s going to be a great deal of stress for me. However if I take the time to plan ahead and write up a good contract, giving myself enough time to complete the work without rushing it, it tends to be a lot less stressful. It takes getting used to, but the right systems will make a job clearer for you and the client.

We just need a break

It’s not everyday graphic design. Too much of anything is bad for you so it’s worth taking time out to appreciate some of the other things in life. Everybody is different so it’s all down to perspective. I personally like to work on music and watch Anime (watching One Punch Man at the moment). I’ve found that giving myself time to breath lets me appreciate what I do more when I come back to it.

Dabble a little

I have the attention span of a gold fish. I can’t sit in one place and do the same thing for hours on end and I’m easily distracted by things (especially the weird section of Youtube). Thankfully there are platforms such as Dribbble and Behance that help me steer my attention to something more inspirational, giving me time to get my head together and come back to reality!

Don’t worry, you’re good enough

Nobody is going to blow your own horn for you. Appreciate where you are at the moment while striving to improve. As designers we can sometimes put ourselves down and not see how good we actually are. It’s a “Yes I Can” thing. Say it with me now, “I’m a strong graphic designer who don’t need no help from nobody!” (though help is always appreciated).