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  • what makes a good graphic designer?

    Was wondering what everyone's view is on in regard to what attributes in a good graphic designer are essential?

  • #2
    I think it has three folds,

    Skill, talent, and senses of art.


    • #3
      big feet.
      The beginning is always today.


      • #4
        Eyes, fingers, computer.
        It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh


        • #5
          without doubt: $, ,


          • #6
            Able to do enough math to subtract the printer's standard turn-around time (including your ability to turn around a proof) from the due date of the project.


            • #7
              a calm temperament and lots of patience
              The beginning is always today.


              • #8
                attention to detail, enough of the grasp of the language you working in and the syntax rules for it to write a cutline, a headline, subhead or at least mostly proof some of the text you're working with. i mean, knowing how to spell and having a good basic knowledge of general style guidelines, whether or not you use them always, is worth its weight in gold, i think.

                just my .02.
                Remember: Wherever you go, there you are.


                • #9
                  As long as you know the language you working in.


                  • #10
                    ^^lol at PD.

                    good point.
                    Remember: Wherever you go, there you are.


                    • #11
                      According to most non-artsy people, all it takes is a computer, powerpoint, and the ability to paste clip-art into a file. Anyone can 'design' right??? Or in the words of many people around the office...'just Photoshop it!'. That's their answer to everything.

                      Ok..seriously, based on my 16 years of experience, to me the most important things are attention to detail, ability to listen to the customer and provide them what they want in a timely manner, keep an eye on current trends, and the ability to visualize things. Oh...and to ALWAYS keep a positive attitude when designing.

                      I may not have an education in design, but over the past 16 years these are what have been 'key' to my success...ay least in my opinion.
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                      • #12
                        passion. I cant stress that enough. Its not a half-assed industry. you need passion.

                        People who live in glass houses sink ships.


                        • #13
                          A hard shell. That's what you need.

                          Originally posted by PrintDriver
                          As long as you know the language you working in.
                          Hey, I resemble that remark! It just so happens that I design in foreign languages all the time, without a clue what they're saying.
                          (the designs never look as good after the type-setter has gotten their hands on it, but I can live with that - as long as I get paid. )
                          Ned Yeung, A.C.E.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jackimalyn
                            passion. I cant stress that enough. Its not a half-assed industry. you need passion.
                            ...and the capacity to not let certain, seemingly relentless people crush it.
                            at best my spelling *and grammar* is crap and at worst it are be carp


                            • #15
                              Hey, don't you talk that way about mom and dad!

                              (just kidding - my dad's an invalid and my mom's in another country, but the parental thing just seems a common story from many designers)
                              Ned Yeung, A.C.E.


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