What happens when you put together the creative skills of a designer, the precision of a highly skilled artisan and knowledge of softwares? Yes, you guessed it right, it is designing. But then when you want to be a designer but don’t know where to start. Well, the good news is, it doesn’t matter at what phase of your career you’re in or how far afield your background may appear, if it’s somewhat you seek to, it’s completely promising to find your position in this discipline. 

If you have immense thoughts about how to converse something visually, take pleasure in art and design classes and play with imaging software to create images look superior and construct your own animations, characters, or fashion — probably you are thinking about a profession in design.

First, you want to be familiar with what you do well. Make a list of your strong point and request your friends, family or teachers for a feedback what they feel about your strengths. Think about whether you take pleasure in accomplishing your own thoughts or succeeding others prospect for their ideas. If you like to functioning on your own thoughts, you may be more contented with a career as an artist. While artists construct work-based on something that they desire to commune, and then make an effort to vend the work, designers on the other hand normally work resourcefully to accomplish the requirement of a client such as a logo, a redesigned home, a costume, merchandise, an illustration for an article, etc. There is a huge room for personal creativity when functioning on a design project, while rewarding the client’s desires. 

Basically there are several types of designers who are working in the industry — graphic designers, typographers, animators, product designers, fashion designers, illustrators and interior designers, etc. If you’re wondering that what you can do with a design, matter a lot. There are arrays of career corridor that can guide you into a well-paid career, without boiling your creativeness. 

Graphic designer or graphic artists map evaluate and generate visual explanation to converse an idea. They choose the most efficient way of receiving a message transversely in print, electronic, and film medium by means of a mixture of methods such as colour, type, photography, animation, illustration and a variety of print and outline techniques. An ever-increasing number of graphic designers also are increasing matter for internet web pages, interactive media, and multimedia projects. 

Fashion designers help generate the billions of clothing articles, shoes, and accessories purchased every year by consumers. Designers do various types of homework on fashion trends, sketch designs of clothing and accessories, select colours and fabrics, and supervise the final fabrication of their designs. 

Illustrators usually generate pictures for books, magazines, and other publications and for commercial products such as textiles, greeting cards, stationery, wrapping paper and calendars. Increasingly, illustrators are working in digital format, making work directly on a computer. They also delve in the world of motion, character development and animation. A good hold over the designing software is compulsory say for illustrator, In Design, Photoshop, etc, as well as a strong knowledge of design and the procedures requiredaccomplishing it. A good problem-solving and communication skills with creative solutions to it is what is a-must in this career.  Look at the skills that you have and the ones that are essential to become a pro.

Next, you have to decide whether you need a broad based set of artistic skills or a narrow set. For any design expert, good writing skills are necessary. Other important skills that come in handy particularly if you’re fascinated in a freelance career would be accounting, business, advertising and communication.

Let me tell you, there’s no such called a "perfect" design school. What you have to do is discover one that matches your precedence and also has a curriculum that you are looking for. Generally candidates consider five factors – location, cost, reputation, teachers that you want to work with and last but not the least, facilities. It’s better to plan or visit the college/institutes before you’ve applied and been accepted so that you can conclude which schools and programmes are right as per your priorities.

Then comes networking. Your network comprises of your classmates, teachers, family, friends and mentors. These are the people who will always support you and want you to flourish. Ask them if they know of any prospects so that you can build your network with them. Facebook is always a great way to connect with design companies and personalities to start a conversation.

Question people how they got, where they are by conveying an interest in their work and requesting if you can see more. Keep in touch by requesting them for their business card and return the movement by apportioning your contact info. Try engaging them for a studio visit or fix up a time to showcase your collection. It doesn’t hurt to follow up with an invite via email too.

Advancement from junior designer to a middleweight position or senior designer is usually possible within around three to five years, after which the subsequent step might be art director, creative director or a more supervisory position with the workshop or firm.

Work hard and form good relationships with as numerous people as you can. It’s important to grow both your status and manuscript of contacts before you take the succeeding step. Target as high as you can and try to work for people you admire and firms you respect. That first name makes a huge change for your second job.

The next step is to bag an internship. The field of design is ever-changing, particularly now that here are so many new tools to learn. Start your practical education early by getting through design internships. It is a way to network and get on-the-job training for graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and other design-specific careers.

Go to your college’s career center and request about placement opportunities. Inquire your professors, coworkers, or friends if they know of any. If your school already has a programme set up, use it to your improvement. 

If someone is fascinated in your work, set up a meeting to demonstrate them your cretivity. This could be a formal interview for an employment or more informational, to examine them for design guidance and opportunities. Remember that this interview is not just an appraisal of your work, but also a valuation to see if you are cool to work with or would fit in with their team or gallery. Be yourself, but be ready. Before talking about your work, the examiner/curator will need to know about you. Make a short statement noting some circumstantial info and highlighting a fresh achievement.

The author is dean of marketing and branding, IMS-design & Innovation Academy, one of the leading design institutes in the country.