Don't know what to do as a career? Can't find a job in graphic design :S

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    Apr 30, 2012 6:43 PM GMT
    So, my choice in the field of graphic design was probably not the best, living three hours from the nearest city and the competitive nature of the business and limited market. It's still something I wanna pursue, but I want to have a back up plan... So what are some good career choices I should also try to pursue if this doesn't work out?
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    May 01, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    Are you willing to do the ocasional 3 hours drive? If so, then have you considered Architectural Visualization? It is done mostly in a 3D/Cad software, then brought into Photoshop for touch ups.

    You would need to know how to read a set of construction plans, but it isn't that hard. The advantage is that the turn-over for the jobs isn't as hastened as in graphic design... so you would need to travel less to meet with clients.
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    May 01, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
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    May 01, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
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    May 01, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Should have gone with Comp Sci imo, easy to find software jobs. I wanted to do Graphic Design / Animation but I figured it would be impossible to get a job.
  • Bunjamon

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    May 01, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    If you're familiar with InDesign, Illustrator, Publisher, Framemaker, etc, you could go into desktop publishing.
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    May 01, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
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    May 01, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    Its not impossible to find a job in graphic design, but it truly IS a highly competitive field. Gotta be on top of your game. I've been doing graphic design for a little more than 12 years now and it still remains to be really competitive. And during that time ive expanded by skills and abilities from Print to web design (html / css / javascript ), to Flash animation, and UI (user-interface design). A lot of designers stick to one specialty, either print or web or video, but the more skills you got, the more marketable you are. Also, having a killer portfolio to present at your interview is key! ^-^
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    May 01, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    I started my own business 4 years ago and it has really helped me out. I say make a logo, get some cards, grab a liscense and start marketing. EVERYONE needs a good designer, and if you can incorporate a website with print too. then ALL power to u.
  • califun869

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    May 01, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    other people have good advice.

    You can also get a job and move to the city. Any job. Just to get yourself closer to where you want to work. Then you can work up your portfolio and give yourself a realistic shot at applying for these jobs when they do come up.
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    May 01, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    hmmm I am sure you could find a job if you kept trying... are you networking enough? Tried social media (LinkedIn for example)? It's all about who you know...
    I take it relocating is not an option at the moment?
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    May 01, 2012 3:14 PM GMT
    Jcaliguy saidI started my own business 4 years ago and it has really helped me out. I say make a logo, get some cards, grab a liscense and start marketing. EVERYONE needs a good designer, and if you can incorporate a website with print too. then ALL power to u.


    This is what i ultimately want to do, however I'm scared I won't be able to produce a standard or something for a client and fall flat on my face, and with no help around me. End up in trouble... I've looked for internships but I don't qualify icon_sad.gif
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    May 01, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    Also for further reference, I haven't studied in graphic design yet, not officially... I'm going to do a diploma of graphic design this next year though. Thus hopefully giving me a better chance of finding work... Here's just some of my current portfolio work...


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    These are just brief examples and stuff I've done for people, any feedback is welcome icon_smile.gif Thanks guys.
  • MikemikeMike

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    May 01, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    At least for interviews get a real haircut and a decent suit and tie. If there is no work in your desired field in your area move. It's that simple. You can always waiter or do something to pay the bills until it happensicon_idea.gif
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    May 01, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    Sorry mate, but if you want to work in graphic design you are probably going to have to move to a bigger city.

    A small town with a population of a few thousand people isn't going to support what you need.

    If you want to chase your dreams you are going to have to move outside your comfort zone.

    Nice work btw.
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    May 01, 2012 4:03 PM GMT
    Yeah, that's what I'm scared of :S I was hoping I could find something to maybe breach into it... I think I'll just do this course next year, move to the city 22 and find full time work and hopefully come across something, I just don't wanna be like 30 and find something for it to be too late :S
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    May 01, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    Hey Kristoff! your stuff are great! you have brilliant ideas! your ideas are there .... but that few things youre missing! Its pretty hard to say it in words...I would say the X-factor to it!

    one of it is your assemble! how you match up objects foreground background, colour arrangement and taboo colors.. how they get along.

    I want you to study on any high fashion Vogue stuff simple as magazines study observe why how did that came out of it,how they assemble color tones...theme...
    Always feel while creating! Listen to a music! which has connection to the theme while doing it..It may seem blaaah! for an advice But do it where you are the compiling point the Music and Graphics..you assemble and cross process them..the selling point will be there!. Trust me on this.

    You want that WoW! factor! not ..Aha or Good factor..

    Sometime simplicity is the best!- high detailing..texture sums it up!, that quality appeal! how viewers feel... you could have done it with samsung, feel free if you want my review and remarks of each mail me...ill A-Z to you.

    PS. that Tiger look like a cat! not Flaming tiger TIGER! dont skip the head why isnt the head flaming!icon_evil.gif

    Panda Flora ill Pass icon_wink.gif
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    May 01, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    the panda/floral are just like... business cards. Not actual pieces of art haha. but thanks anyways man, love ur opinion. Just trying to get all the feedback/advice i need.
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    May 01, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidthe panda/floral are just like... business cards. Not actual pieces of art haha. but thanks anyways man, love ur opinion. Just trying to get all the feedback/advice i need.


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    May 01, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    Kristoff saidAlso for further reference, I haven't studied in graphic design yet, not officially... I'm going to do a diploma of graphic design this next year though. Thus hopefully giving me a better chance of finding work... Here's just some of my current portfolio work...
    These are just brief examples and stuff I've done for people, any feedback is welcome icon_smile.gif Thanks guys.

    I agree with Har. I see that you have knowledge of software production and techniques like PhotoShop and inDesign but you need to work on composition, layout, color schematics, typography, etc. Your work should be clear and concise for the viewer to understand and read the concept of your design.

    What was the "scratched up" lady about? I'm assuming you're just showing what you've done to an image.

    That's a tiger? At first glance, I thought it was a blue fire skull with red fire hair! Why so many different fonts?

    Sunglasses. City on the lens. Outer space. Not sure what this means.

    Colorization of a moon pic. Anyone can do that...on an iPhone.

    I'm not being a jerk but as a Creative Director, your work will get a quick look through and "Thanks for coming by."

    Study graphic design. Pay attention to the basic first and foremost: color, composition and typography. Your creativity will fall in place.

    Good luck!
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    May 02, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidthe panda/floral are just like... business cards. Not actual pieces of art haha. but thanks anyways man, love ur opinion. Just trying to get all the feedback/advice i need.


    I really like the Panda Typography...
    btw the word 'typography' is misspelled. =O
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    May 02, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidYeah, that's what I'm scared of :S I was hoping I could find something to maybe breach into it... I think I'll just do this course next year, move to the city 22 and find full time work and hopefully come across something, I just don't wanna be like 30 and find something for it to be too late :S

    On an interview leave the word "and like" out of your dialogueicon_idea.gif Move to the big city!!
  • fitartistsf

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    May 02, 2012 5:58 AM GMT
    Here's a field I as a graphic artist, have been looking into, to go freelance: Demonstrative Graphics (pronunciation like: monster, not like demonstrate... sorry, hard to teach the proper pronunciation by texting, but think of the word monster in the title... De-monstra-tive) ... anyway, it is one of the faster rising graphics fields, as is medical illustration. Demonstrative Graphics, or Forensic Graphics, is the artwork/graphics used in the courtroom by attorneys and prosecutors to visually impart their clients' case/story to the judge and/or jury. It can range from 2D Illustrator vector graphics, to 3D video/movie accident reconstruction realizations...

    There are companies out there that do these services for law firms. Also, many freelancers as well. I can give you a list of companies, or you can google: Demonstrative Graphics, for company websites that have galleries showcasing their work for clients.
    It can be a very lucrative job, charging up to a couple hundred dollars an hour, depending on the client/case....
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    May 02, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    Kristoff saidYeah, that's what I'm scared of :S I was hoping I could find something to maybe breach into it... I think I'll just do this course next year, move to the city 22 and find full time work and hopefully come across something, I just don't wanna be like 30 and find something for it to be too late :S


    I'm turning 30 and hoping to change careers soon. Never too late.
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    May 02, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
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    Jcaliguy saidI started my own business 4 years ago and it has really helped me out. I say make a logo, get some cards, grab a liscense and start marketing. EVERYONE needs a good designer, and if you can incorporate a website with print too. then ALL power to u.


    This is what i ultimately want to do, however I'm scared I won't be able to produce a standard or something for a client and fall flat on my face, and with no help around me. End up in trouble... I've looked for internships but I don't qualify icon_sad.gif


    I was a Graphics Technician for 18 years. I've done everything there is in the field throughout my entire career. I was lucky to have worked with some very big names. I was self-employed for about 6 of those years and signed some huge contracts.

    These days work is hard to find in any field. I walked away from my business because the stress was killing me. You feel like a machine after awhile! I don't regret the challenges I had and I don't regret proving that I could get whatever I wanted in life. I just didn't want it anymore. Now I am going to school for music (general performance).

    My advice is if you envision yourself doing this, do it! It's not easy, but it is not impossible either. I envisioned myself doing graphics at home on a computer a few hours a day while taking huge breaks at the bar across the street from my executive suite. It was fun and fantastic! I made it come true.

    Someone here mentioned learning web and print... I'm going to take it one step further in letting you know video in addition to web and print is going to guarantee you a position in the field. Learn all you can with Adobe. Learn Quark. Maybe learn Multi-Ad Creator (a lot of news publications and magazines still use it).

    Portfolio is key, but go ahead and cheat on it! I got my foot in the door of Petersen Publishing with a portfolio I designed using fake companies. It was still my work, but fuck em! You gotta be fierce in this field especially if you know you have more passion towards it than the rest of us do.

    Best of luck and outcome. I would venture to say, the field can really take you places in this world. I did a ton of work in the action sports industry and really had a blast designing their catalogs. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. It's your study time you put into it. Don't let discouragement lie to you about it's worth, because it will.