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What Makes a Great Graphic Designer?

Most people think graphic designers need years and years of experience to be great. Experience is important, but I believe the desire to self-educate is among the most important skills a great graphic designer should have and use. This willingness to learn, no matter the amount of experience in the field, is something that is encouraging to future employers and clients. It really shows an reassuring promise of humbleness.

There are many reasons why this is respected in the graphic design community. The willingness to learn shows your art director, your clients, and your colleagues that even though you have experience, you are always looking for new ways to channel your skill-sets. As a graphic designer, you already know that being a self-starter is very important. A strong drive to learn (through YouTube videos, reading, etc.) day in and day out will just make you a better graphic designer.


  1. sgahr wrote:

    I believe Graphic Design is an ever-evolving field that requires designers to constantly educate themselves. It may be by going back to college five years after graduating to be updated on new programs and technology or through other colleagues and videos.

    Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
  2. galakeel wrote:

    I agree with you. What I will add is that the difference in the design field is that we communicate with people, therefore, designers should follow what is hopping around. Being able to self-improve oneself is what designers are encouraged to do.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  3. jriley20 wrote:

    Self education will not just make you a better graphic designer but it will help keep you a relevant graphic designer. This is because with the new technology and constant updates of software, graphic designers need to constantly be adapting to the changes. Without Spending the time to learn these new changes, the graphic designers that dont will be replaced by competitors that do.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:34 pm | Permalink