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  • Swagat Sekh

    March 2, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I have been working as a graphic designer for about 4 years now and for me you are at a point where everyone of us has been in past.

    Its preliminary illusion that all of graphic designers get in the start.

    “Designing is easy, just look at it, put some pictures and a text and BAM its done!”

    Once you start learning typography, grid construction and theories behind thoughtful design you really understand what it actually tastes like. Graphic designing seems easy cause the output is easy to interpret and the more simple it will be, the more complex it is actually getting behind that transparent cover.

    Let me ask you something, Does making a software seems difficult to you?
    If you are not in software industry then it might because the engineering is hidden from you and you can’t really know whats going on behind. This mystery makes you see making software difficult. The final product of software Engineering is not easy to evaluate because all of engineering is is hidden under the opaque covers of binaries.

    Design is deceptive in the manner that it hides all the engineering behind in plain sight leaving the untrained eye to judge it as easy.

    When designing for a real world system you are required to provide an explanation for every decision you take. You may be asked to support your decisions from other reputable designs or design principles. Designing something requires you to be a lawyer+businessman+marketer+psychologist+sociologist all hidden under the skin of an artist.

    You can’t really say I did it because it looks good that way until you have enough years of experience and even after that you won’t like to say that anyway. The most beautiful (and painful) thing you are going to learn is that making a simple but working design is more complex than you can imagine.

    Learn and practice more and your illusion will vanish soon. It has happened to all of us.

  • Rana Hushen

    March 2, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    So let me start off by saying, I’ve been doing design professionally in one form or another since 1988. I’ve had many repeat customers who are Fortune 500 companies. I have had my work show up on television, in film, and in games. I’ve won an industry award or two. I have, over the years, been fortunate to have many talented artists specifically request to work with me. So, I’m going to go out on a limb, and say I don’t completely suck at it, though I’m sure some of the people responding here, who seem to miraculously think they can judge someone’s graphic design work from a one sentence question, might disagree.

    The short answer is, some people think design work is easy, because for them it is.

    It is a highly unpopular thing to say in today’s “anyone can do anything they want” culture, but the reality is that some people have an innate talent for particular arts, and some don’t. Those who are talented, often find things exceedingly easy, that less talented people find exceedingly hard. I have seen very dedicated artists with decades of experience, and multiple degrees, who aren’t as good as teenagers who just started out. I have seen amateurs who just play around for fun, who are more talented than the vast majority of professionals. I have also seen a huge amount of people who are insanely proud of their abilities, who are truly atrocious. Ultimately what matters is the quality of the work, not how much you have studied, how much you talk up how difficult it is, or how impressed you are with yourself.

    Of course no one wants to say this, because it is both a huge ego boost, and a great way to talk up your pay rate, to pretend what you do is the hardest thing in the world. However, despite some of the more pompous answers you might see on Quora, I would say the majority of graphic designers I’ve ever worked with, even at the most prestigious companies, when being honest over a few beers at the pub with their peers, will admit a sentiment along the lines of “beats working a real job.”

    All of that said, just because you find it easy, doesn’t mean you are one of these talented people. It could just possibly mean, like some have said, that you don’t challenge yourself, and are lazy. I’ve never seen your work, so wouldn’t presume to judge it sight unseen.