Becoming a good graphic designer requires more than just the skill to complete a task or project. There are many other attributes and qualities that go into being successful at your craft. Here are six qualities that matter when looking to land a graphic design position.
- Creative talent - Job candidates need a strong portfolio of work, even if it’s student work. Their portfolio should show evidence of creative problem solving and strategic execution of the design solution.
- A spirit of cooperation - How does the designer manage changes or edits to their work? The most successful designers must be responsive to changes and can also offer creative options that are in the best interest of the client.
- Technical expertise - Designers should stay up-to-speed on the latest design tools. They should be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the appropriate design software through college courses or online training resources and tutorials.
- Entrepreneurial spirit - Candidates should possess a sense of ownership in the success of the company. That means working efficiently, being respectful of client requests and deadlines, as well as being vigilant for ways to streamline processes and help the company grow.
- Presentation skills – The creative team is an extension of the client’s internal staff. Designers need to be able to present their work and communicate their ideas effectively. Just as important is the ability to listen to the client and bring back ideas and design solutions that fit the client’s overall strategy.
- Humility - Smart designers are aware of the subjective nature of design. Recognizing there are those who might not appreciate their work, they are willing to address criticism professionally and be prepared to bring multiple ideas to the table.
Personality, attitude and other intangibles also play a key role in finding the right candidate. When those qualities are combined with the six listed above, that is a formula for success.
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