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Is Graphic Design a Dying Field?

“Why do you want to be a graphic designer? You need to consider changing your major to something else, something more stable and with a good steady salary.” This was a question I heard numerous times, but I am inclined to see the bright side of being a Graphic Designer. In the last few years I have been concerned and a bit terrified about my future career. Many non-designers and professional graphic designers have doubts about its future. I have read many stories about the struggles of being a graphic designer and getting a job with a design degree. Yes, graphic design is an insanely competitive field, yet too integral to vanish from our lives.
There are many factors why graphic design has been in a gradual decline. With the explosion of the internet, powerful design software, and professional-like templates you can purchase, puts graphic designers in a tough position. At this point anyone can create a website and buy prepackaged logos and templates from large design companies like Wix or Squarespace putting small design agencies in peril. Remember, a designer still had to make those templates.
People don’t realize that we are surrounded by design, from our road signs to our smartphone packaging. Graphic design is an essential tool to convey a message to people in an effective and aesthetically pleasing way. In the business world your brand says who you are and what you stand for. That is something you cannot buy from prepackaged template site.  If you want something unique and in-line with your brand identity, you will need more than a computer and some cheap templates. What you’ll need is a Graphic Designer.

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