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By Juan Cameron November 10, 2019 Articles, Blog 49 Comments Tags:advice for graphic designers, advice on getting started as a graphic designer, career advice for graphic designers, design careers, get started as a graphic designer, getting started as a designer, Getting Started as a Graphic Designer T, getting started as a graphic designer today, graphic design, Graphic Design (Industry), graphic design career advice, graphic designer, graphic designers, how to get started as a graphic designer, roberto blake, robertoblake2 Related Posts Excerpt From Responsive Web Design: Responsive Navigation Understand Website Accessibility with the Firefox Accessibility Inspector HTML5 & CSS: Apply Multiple Columns About Author admin 49 Comments Spark 2K June 16, 2017 Hi Reply LJ Lancaster June 16, 2017 this really has some much rollover for other creative fields. I find is especially relatable as an architecture student. I have managed to secure both jobs and numerous interviews and connections by showing passion and approaching a company with the mindset of doing an unpaid internship. I have no doubt these connection can lead somewhere when I graduate from my studies. Reply Sterling Thomas June 16, 2017 Thanks for posting all of this awesome content Roberto. Mad respect. Reply Tony Thomas June 16, 2017 Wisdom from Professor Blake! Better write them books! Reply JohnnyboyKCB June 16, 2017 lol talking about the boy David Choe Reply LizziDCP June 16, 2017 This was EXACTLY what I needed today. I was feeling so suffocated at my job today, and a little helpless on how I could build my business to be sustainable. Definitely going to start Doing more with my local business association in order to at least know the business owners and get a connection Reply Timothy Wolff June 16, 2017 It's reassuring to hear someone with the success you've had confirming my thinking in terms of making a career roadmap. Thank, Roberto! Reply Thom Gibson June 16, 2017 This content would be great in the form of a podcast 🙂 Would definitely listen. May even be more inclined to listen as there isn't a ton of visual content in the talking head videos. Reply Kisha Munson June 16, 2017 This is all AMAZING advice. Thank you. Reply Herbert William June 16, 2017 Hello Roberto, first thank you for your time and effort. As you asked for: I have some serious questions for you: I'm tier zero point five in skill, have a poor machine and make in a U$3,5/hour in a full time job in my third world country (where a single guy just made the currency lose almost a third of it's value with one scam, the last month scam of the nation…). I've no High School, diploma formation, and I'm almost your age.Having learned english by osmosis, my tactics is modeling people like you to thrive and succeed (maybe get the hell out of here will be a milestone…). I learned the very basics of Photoshop and Illustrator but my "design" (its crap yet I admit) still looks cheap. And now that you (wisely I think…) have prohibited us to cross the Fiverr bridge like Gandalf once blocked Balrog, I feel kind of lost in the Freelas Tirith Dungeons of Doom. People here wait all happens by the government or God, I do believe in the power of sweat and hard work, but this only hard work behavior make difficult to do smart work, which you seems to be master. What strategies do you recommend for a low resource amateur evolve to professional? I think I'm not dumb just uneducated, I have good ideas and creativity but, like a monkey lacking the knowledge to make fire, my design results are still quite sh* er…, messy. But being that bad there's lots of room for evolving. Thanks again Roberto, appreciate your work and making your campaign for Emperor. Reply Sophisticated Swanson June 16, 2017 How many pieces should I have in my graphc design porfolio? I was thining 30 pieces. Where do I go for some ideas to add into my portfolio? Reply Sidy Fall June 16, 2017 hey. i kind of fell into graphic design and i think your advice is pretty consistent with my accidental success. i started working for this company just doing sales, on my own i dabble with photoshop, and i realized their logo wasn't as strong as it could have been. i went home and just put together some designs i thought were cool and they ended up using a few. since then I've had 2 other companies approach me to do graphic designs for them. Ive been following you for a minute but more for the branding stuff, do you have any books on graphic design that you'd recommend for someone trying to beef up their skill set? Reply Gizmo Goose. June 16, 2017 I snagged part time job postings off the teacher's bulletin board in their lunch room. That was my first part time (professional) graphics job, and it was that job that became full time and gave me a name and opened doors in marketing . . . that became my full career. …actual fact! Reply Death to idiots June 16, 2017 33 and over the hill. That puts a smile on my face. Whatever age I am, I'll scrap with the younger generation RESALErs regardless. Let's brawl in the streets, you young YouTube whippersnappers, just give me an minute to get my cane. Reply I don't want your apology June 16, 2017 I'm waiting on your book bud. Reply Stephanie Noel June 16, 2017 Hi, Roberto! Thanks for another great video as always. Thanks for giving such great advice. Does designing content for a YouTube about books count as experience? I also designed stuff for the social media sites and the blog itself. Reply Jenna no Manga June 16, 2017 I think it can apply to a lot of fields this is great advice. In Japan it is normal to live with your family until marriage . I remember Texan in Tokyo gave the same advice about building relationships and get a foot in the door with a free project 👍🏽 Reply Noble Productions June 16, 2017 I am getting ready to CC your video and there is so much information, I think you could write a book just from this video. Great content as usual! Reply SabexTiger June 16, 2017 nice hook … am still learning how to hook Reply Main Course Encouragement June 16, 2017 You're always on point Roberto. Thanks always! Reply Jessica Lamont June 16, 2017 I've started becoming a graphic designer in the last couple of years. I've always had an interest in media arts but never really knew what I wanted to do until recently. Since I've had enough of working for fast food companies, thought I would change careers. I'm in my second year of a bachelor media arts degree. I decided to study as I don't have much design experience. Your tips have helped me to start figuring out where I want to go. Reply G the Underdog June 16, 2017 99 contests i dont understand much about it. is that a start to make money? or is it like a free thing to create experience Reply MujjØ (Official) 🎧 June 16, 2017 nice ♡ Reply Zel June 16, 2017 Thanks Roberto! This video is relative to not only graphic design but to other jobs such as development, which is why it's great! What career advice would you give to someone looking to get into freelancing? (Finding clients, and finding consistent work) That creator academy sounds like something I'll be joining within the year. Reply Igor Ćuk June 16, 2017 I used Photoshop mainly to make funny pictures of me and my friends, and i went from there to now where i design t shirt art. now i would not call myself a graphic designer, as most of my skill is basic, but i love what i do and i want to continue in that direction. Since i am just 19, is it still early to start this as a career or should i work up to expand my knowledge?also, is photoshop enough or should i try to learn any other programs? thanks again Roberto 💗🤘 Reply Leontine van vliet June 16, 2017 That blog is a good idea….I might try that in the near future! Reply Ben Widdup June 16, 2017 This is the best advice on graphic design ive ever heard i believe, you've got a super smart approach, you are like the gary v of design in my mind! Dave choe is my favourite artist and I have been applying for his new show in LA for the past few weeks, very cool that you used him as an example, great video, thanks!! Reply 0nepotential June 16, 2017 Awesome video Roberto!!! What books/sites would you recommend to someone who want to improve their skills in Illustrator, Photoshop, etc??? Reply EdmunDsgn June 16, 2017 11:01 David Choe right?.. that dude is the wealthiest graffiti artist on the planet, right now.. Reply Mike Dejean June 16, 2017 Slept on 99designs, I was against Spec work than again it's good practice, thanks Reply bigrickmachine June 16, 2017 I like the natural lighting Roberto 🙂 Reply Anthony Okeiyi June 16, 2017 Thank you Roberto Reply Aya Kuman June 17, 2017 can I design logo on MS paint? Reply cetriya's Art n Comics Channel June 17, 2017 doing spec work is stupid if you don't do your homework. I did spec to both get the practice and build my resume. so spec is good if you are carefull with who and what you're doing. you pay a lot for school so doing a few spec work is a lot cheaper and more beneficial Reply GalacticBrickStudios June 17, 2017 I just wanted to say thank you for making these videos, they have been very helpful for me as an upcoming youtuber. I love how in depth you go and how much you seem to care, and am very thankful that you do what you do:) Reply N33K 1N3R June 17, 2017 i'm 17 and a spark of interest in becoming a graphic designer . ever since i was i was around 8 years old i had lot of experience with lettering to graffiti how would i be able to transition myself in order practice and prepare for a graphic design . Reply KicksArt June 17, 2017 One of my first freelance jobs came from reaching out to a local start up sneaker boutique that I visited shortly after it opened. I went to ask if they needed someone to create graphics for them and 3 years later we're still working together. Around the time I started to work with them I created my channel where I draw sneakers. Which means I can quickly advertise the clothes I design at the beginning of my videos to increase sales! Reply BRWNFRUIT June 17, 2017 Pretty solid advice! I just recently finished an associates in web and graphic design. I joined Upwork upon your advice, definitely going to check out 99designs. Reply J. Young June 17, 2017 This.This video needs to be played in every university, high school, middle school, and yes even every elementary school's art program and/or art computer lab. The sooner they start getting real world experience the better their career will be and the faster it will jump off. If I had it to do all over again I wouldn’t have gotten a degree but would’ve taught myself with books and Lynda.com and just invested in equipment and software, locked myself in a room and learned it till I was a pro. Reply J. Young June 17, 2017 Roberto, I had one little constructive criticism – can you use the term pro bono as opposed to “free work”? Its a semantics issue, I know, but we Creatives have been so undervalued and dogged out in the professional world, those little small nuances can really make a difference in someone’s psyche. Reply Nephrastar June 19, 2017 Re: Free Gigs– My policy has always been to never work for free unless I offer or I am working for a nonprofit. By doing this, I've basically got nobody to blame but myself when things go south with the project, and I've got more freedom to choose projects that I think are solid portfolio pieces. Reply niknotez June 19, 2017 Great video Roberto! Want to know what is your advice for older designers who want to make a career change from their current occupation that has noting to do with design to a design career. I can see how the advice in this video could apply to a older designer, but I would appreciate your take on how to transition to a creative field as a older adult. Thanks! Nick Reply SoloArt Studio June 22, 2017 Great content! Nice show. Watched and Thanks for sharing your videos Reply Alicia Smith June 28, 2017 Good morning Roberto, I am a "seasoned" woman and I Freelance with my Graphic Design. I have listened to your Youtube video titled Career Advice: What If I Was Getting Started as a Graphic Designer Today and I have a question. I have 3 Associates Degrees and two are in Graphic Design. In the work force, if I don't have a "Bachelors" degree it's frowned upon. Do you think it's mandatory to necessarily go and get my 4th degree? Reply Stefan Olsson June 28, 2017 I'm 23 and starting my 3rd year in my GD major in the fall. I had no highschool experience which made me feel nervous, but right now I'm shadowing and working on projects with the GD Dept for my college so I can learn and grow. I'm going to go through a lot of your vids while I work hard. Thanks for all the wonderful advice. Reply 36FIX June 29, 2017 Awesome dude…inspiring. Reply Sorubro July 23, 2017 Your channel is a godsent man Reply SeeKaysee July 25, 2017 This is definitely fantastic advice – I got lucky having a GD job lined up after college, but in some ways I feel that it has also stunted my growth. Starting off "hungry" always makes you work harder – and you hone your skills more. This is advice that I can also use as a "seasoned" designer. Thanks for the tips, Roberto. Been binge watching/listening to your videos while designing today. Appreciate the hard work you put behind these videos. Reply Cj 2k December 28, 2018 Literally bingewtaching your whole graphic design playlist. thx for all the amazing content. when i make it we can look back at this comment and laugh all the way to the bank. peace and love my brother Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.