Inspirational Graphic Design Ideas
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Graphic design can be a difficult industry to enter. Skill will only get you so far if you do not know how to market yourself properly and prove that ability. Everyone knows that portfolios are one of the best methods for graphic designers to prove their worth in the craft field, but the newly started designers do not have the pieces they can show. How do you even start building a quality work portfolio if you need that portfolio to get your first client in the first place? The best thing a graphic designer should do in this situation is to create a series of copies, fake ads, pictures, etc., that showcase their talents.
Most people do not even know where to start, so here’s some graphic design ideas to get started and get inspiration for your first work. To begin with, it always helps to get to the internet. Finding a tutorial that you can follow step by step is the best way to learn and utilize new techniques. You may also begin to see how the same technique can be used in different ways for unique results. If you follow the design tutorial you use on the internet, do not put it in your portfolio. Instead, take those techniques and get the results that really belong to you. Use the tutorial as a source of inspiration.
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Another way to approach this is to find a design that you admire and then try to create the effect without step-by-step guidance. A graphic design tutorial ideally has about 12 of your strongest works. This does not mean taking your first 12 works and calling them your portfolio. You should ideally create 3 or 4 times that amount and then choose the best 12 of them. Many beginners try to just cram all their work into the portfolio, but all that’s done is showing the average piece alongside the good one. When you bring your portfolio to a potential client, he tends to shape opinions based on the poorest quality work rather than the best. If you are stuck for a graphic design idea to work on, go for a walk on the street and look at the ads you see.
You can even do this at home or your own design studio by browsing through magazines, books, or newspapers. Ads for imaginary companies are a good starting point, as are CD labels or book covers. Anything that features a strong, focused design can be used to gain inspiration. If you really need the creative fluids that flow, just get out of the pen and start the abstract design when they reach your head. If you use software like Photoshop for your design then start playing around with various tools and look for interesting effects. Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely source, so always keep an open mind to your graphic design idea.