INDUSTRY TIPS: GRAPHIC DESIGNApril 25, 2014
Bridging the gap between graduation to employment ain’t no stroll in the park – in fact, it’s like a real-time version of The Apprentice, except you’re probably not brimming with boring buzzwords and a false sense of self-importance that would make Kanye look humble.
To help you get ahead of the job-hungry pack, we hunted down Amsterdam’s Boyband Collective – a group of experts who know just what to do when taking your first steps into a creative career.
Maaike Bles – Graphic and Web Design
Maaike Bles is a graphic designer and illustrator. After graduating from Artez Institute of the Arts in 2012, Maaike explored her passion for graphic design. She’s since created visuals for books, websites and Fashion magazines. Maaike works with diverse creative teams, including filmmakers, photographers, art directors and fashion designers.
Check Maaike’s 4-1-1 on how to get your start in graphic design below.
Have goals and ambition. Growing up, my family always asked me what kind of goals I had for the future. For me this became a great part of my life. Think of what you want the most, and work for it. When you have a passion for something, you can achieve anything.
Never stop learning. I started studying fashion design, but eventually ended up as a graphic designer. I did my research and started to experiment with Photoshop/CSS/HTML and photography. By combining my interest in fashion with my love for graphic design, I managed to get where I’m at now.
Be open-minded and collaborate: the first thing I did to crack into the graphic field was work with other artists. Don’t be afraid to ask people to work with you. This is the best way to prepare your portfolio. Most people will be open for collaboration as long as you show enthusiasm and come up with ideas. You might just be the missing link they need.
Surround yourself with fun people. The relationship between members from Boyband Collective is a good example of this. It’s very hard to make it on your own, so why not work with people you like and you know are talented? Try to see the potential in the people around you. See what you can do for them and what they can do for you.
Get yourself out there. When people see that you love what you’re doing, they’ll show much more interest in your work. Exhibit your own work, go to openings and visit other events. When you just stay at home with all of your work, people probably won’t notice you.
Head back to our student hub to find more tips from the BoyBand Collective, details on student events, plus a cheeky 20% off with Unidays too.