Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Alec Marko: a student looking to gain some insight into the design industry. He had questions; I had long-winded answers. I highly recommend checking out his blog as he writes a hell of a lot more often than I do. For those wondering what the content of those long-winded answers was, I’ve included the full interview below.
What has been a unique challenge you have faced while becoming a Graphic Designer?
The biggest challenge getting into the field for me was mastering things I hadn’t been formally trained in (but it’s also the thing I love most about the job). Six years later and I’m still learning things at a rate that makes my brain feel like it’s had a run through a Quiznos toaster oven.
If you’re like me and end up working in a small design firm, be prepared to be more than a designer. Specialists are probably great in large firms, but in smaller firms we don’t have the counterspace for a unitasker. I don’t expect you to know everything, but I expect you to learn fast and never stop.
Have faith in your ability to learn. I tell every design student the same thing:
“You’d be surprised how fast you learn something, when you’re put in a situation where you have to.”
Oh, and if you’re looking for a place to start, get comfortable with code. One way or another, you’re going to need it.