I don’ t know about you, but some days, I feel unappreciated.
Many people take design for granted, never realizing the work and frustration that can go into every design. I’ve seen on the internet where people don’t classify design as a “real” job, making comments that designers spend time coloring or doing other simplistic tasks. I often see posts calling for people to abandon creative careers and push for more people to enter STEM fields, as if design is not important. As you and I both know, they are absolutely incorrect about that.
As someone who has done freelance design work for many years, I am often confronted with clients who try to low ball me on payments, because they feel that my job is not difficult enough for the computer does the work for me. I’ve advertised on places like Facebook and many times people suggest that I post offers on sites like Fiverr where you can hire designers for as little as $5.00 per job.I know they mean well, but I get offended by that. I know all the hard work that goes into coming up with concepts and the actual design process. It ‘s worth more than five dollars just to turn on my computer. I won’t sell myself short.
As designers, I don’t have to tell you that design is in everything we do. From your packages at the grocery store, to your smart phone, a designer has had their hand on all of those things. Designers make the world more attractive and pleasing. We can be the difference between a best selling product and an epic failure. Designers are essential to the world we live in, but so many people feel that we aren’t as skilled or important as other careers, and that is just not true.
I am thinking of starting a graphic designer appreciation day page on Facebook to help promote the importance of design and creative careers. I want to help promote respect for my craft, bringing attention to all the work that we do. Would that be something that you would “Like”?