How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul.

*apologies for the poor picture quality, all images from iphone*

20110906-102705.jpgOver the summer I have been reading through books that have been suggested on the first year reading list. I am now on my second from last book (Other than Josef Muller-Brockmann’s “Grid systems in graphic design as this needs to be borrowed from the college library).

How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul

Although I have only read a few chapters of this book so far, it is one of the best graphic design books I have read. Most of the time books are only directed at the history of graphic design, perhaps this is due to graphic design being a “new” subject. This book has key information that young or new designers need to know, for example the section I have just read is about how to find a job/internship/placement etc. Here are some key points that I gathered;

  • First place to start is to make a list of all your favourite studios and which ones you wish to work for.
  • Usually sending a letter instead of a email is a preferred format, due to the mass about of emails received as well as sending an email can some times can be deemed as invading someones personal space.
  • By sending a letter you have the perfect medium in showing your design skills. Every good designer has their own letter head.
  • Do NOT start with “Dear Sir or Madam”! It clearly shows you have no Idea who you are asking for a job from. Do some research into who deals with the recruitment side of things.
  • Your letter should be one page. It should state who you are, what you do and what you want (Also some flattery but not to much!)
  • Ask for an interview not a job, you are more likely to get a response.

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