What are some of the basics of graphic design?
Starting Your Design Adventure
Advice for Design Beginners
When you finish high school and have that diploma in hand, you will also need some essential tools to make your graphics design adventure a successful one. Some adventures require you to do some research and careful planning before setting foot out that door.
If you decide that furthering your education is the path you want to choose, I highly suggest that you research different schools that are of interest to you so that the one you choose is a right fit.
The Basics of Graphic Design
Some people learn better through hands-on training while others may learn. There are some graphic design basics that you’ll need to include in your preparations for becoming a great designer.
Elements and Principles
These are the survival skills in the design world that are going to help you build a strong foundation which you will rely on for your entire career. It is essential that you learn about elements such as lines, shapes, proportions, color theory and texture. You will also need to learn about principles that include grids, contrast, spatial relationships, balance and patterns. It is important that you understand how all of these work with or against each other to make a design effective. Many traditional art classes will actually help train your eye to understand and use these fundamentals in the work that you create.
You cannot study design without also understanding the basics of typography. Designers use typography to communicate with their audience. It can help set the tone and influence how a message is conveyed. You also have to consider legibility of different typefaces, point sizes, kerning, leading and tracking because these all have a big impact on how effective a message is received. If used improperly, you can communicate the wrong message and lose credibility. This can be a dangerous component if not treated with the respect that it demands.
Knowing how to use some design programs like Photoshop is helpful, but a true designer needs to have good thinking skills. It’s important that you develop good thinking skills and can convey them on paper by sketching or writing ideas down.
With the way that people communicate, it would be foolish to not consider social media as a way to learn and grow as a designer. Most designers are willing to answer any questions that you might have and will appreciate your interest in the work that they do.
I would also highly recommend attending workshops and conferences that focus on design. One of the best choices that I have ever made while going to school was attending a design conference. I have been attending that conference almost every year since. The learning facilities and the printing companies that service them are very helpful.
In a world where technology and trends are ever evolving and competition is always strong, you really need to have the mentality of “use it or lose it” and be willing to accept that even if you are done with college and have your degree that the learning never stops.
Last of all, look for great books, websites, apps and more that are worthy of sharing that will help you on your path to becoming a great designer.