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A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer | Graphic Design

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Find out what a day in the life of a graphic designer is like from UX mobile and internet design and style consultant Chanelle Henry in this Howcast video.

So a day in the life of a designer or even an art director or even a inventive director what does that look like? Whether you happen to be a freelancer that is traveling from distinct agencies or no matter whether you’re an independent contractor that is at house and you set your personal schedule, or regardless of whether you are getting managed by a multitude of individuals and you are a production designer, each day looks different, no matter what job you do.

You could be functioning on 1 project for 3 days in a row or possibly even a month in row, or you may possibly be operating on absolutely nothing for a week if you are an independent contractor, and you happen to be wondering “Where’s my next dollar going to come from?” The feast of famine. The way that my day works is very… It goes all over the spot. Since I have a lot of customers on the West Coast, I do not get up till 11:00, so I generally get up and then I check my to-do list for the day, that I normally set the day before.

Then I will verify base camp to see if there’s any pressing to-do list things for me. I will check e mail and attempt to do an inbox zero. I only attempt to check my email twice a day. I consider that’s crucial for anybody, no matter whether you happen to be in the workplace or out, to reduce down on the amount of distractions that you can. Since those that are in the inventive field are much more prone to have problems with attention, so you have to make sure that you set these systems in location to have a day that’s a tiny structured.

Days of designers are not genuinely structured at all and it can be extremely taxing, but also extremely thrilling if you don’t like mundane, and then also, if you are an independent contractor you have to locate your personal consumers. You have to figure out what variety of campaign am I going to do these days or what networking occasion am I going to do today? Who am I going to meet? What am I going to say? What perform am I going to operate on? So it really is truly up in the air as to how every portion of your day will go, but it really is constantly an exciting one and at the end of it, you still feel like you haven’t accomplished adequate.

The part that I actually hone in on the most, is project and time management. Due to the fact our brains are wired in a couple different approaches. One, you can’t do two things at as soon as, you can’t multitask. No matter how several instances we can convince ourselves that we can, we cannot. Then the second thing is that even although you may like to do one thing distinct every single day, your brain craves structure. So it is a single of these things exactly where “Okay, I have to decide what days do I want to do this? What days am I going to look for clients? What days am I going to truly do work?”

A single of the factors that I had to figure out was how much money do I need to have to make in a month and how several hours does it take for me to do that? After I came up with that magic quantity – let’s say it really is 4 hours a day, four days a week, so that leaves a lot of time to do a whole lot of other stuff that could get me clientele. That I could use to get myself much more organized. I could become far more healthful. I could grow to be much more social.

So I use a lot of different tools to make confident that I’m spending the proper quantity of time on particular items. I use Harvest as a time tracking tool, which also enables me to bill my customers straight from the platform. I use AnyDO, which is on Android and iPhone and a Google Chrome extension, that allows you to make a to-do list for nowadays, tomorrow, this week and later. So it enables you to place it in four various areas, so as to not fill up a complete year of factors that you want to do, since you can very easily grow to be overwhelmed.

Another very good point to know about the brain, that’s taken from the GTD technique on getting items completed, is that your brain demands to empty itself out typically. So even if you are not going to do it nowadays, let’s say “Oh, no I actually want to make a T-shirt that says ‘Smart Guy’ on it, so I’m going to write that down. So that my brain is not pondering about what that T-shirt’s going to look like.” So there’s diverse tools and techniques and once more every thing operates differently on everybody.

But as soon as you uncover that sweet spot and it’s not going to be overnight and it most likely won’t even be a year you’re going to be continually altering, but you just have to be patient with your self and then also appreciate, like the project management process and time management procedure of other people that are like you in your community.
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  1. Roberto Blake
    Roberto Blake02-06-2015

    I’m thinking that I will consider doing a short documentary film that
    actually captures what it is like for 4 types of Graphic Designers: A
    freelance designer, a studio graphic designer, an in house designer at a
    company and a designer at an ad agency.

  2. PremiumSoul
    PremiumSoul02-06-2015

    those black frames doe. 

  3. Turner Lee
    Turner Lee02-06-2015

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  4. Philippines Web Outsourcing
    Philippines Web Outsourcing02-06-2015

    It can be a very challenging type of work, at the same time, it is very
    rewarding. It all comes down to how you approach it. Structure and
    organization especially in this type of work is extremely important, and i
    agree that multi-tasking can only mean losing track of what you are doing,
    and that means losing important time. Nice insight on your work ethic.

  5. Niko Williams
    Niko Williams02-06-2015

    Is computer graphics a part of graphic arts or something completely
    different

  6. TechSpace - Creative Learning for Young People
    TechSpace - Creative Learning for Young People02-06-2015

    #GraphicDesignTime
    Ever wondered what it’s like to be a graphic designer?
    Find out below
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuK6EDk2T6s #TechSpace

  7. Jonathan Patsios
    Jonathan Patsios02-06-2015

    I’ve been trying to get into the Graphic Design biz for years. I keep
    hearing that its in high demand. The reality is, its a lot harder to get a
    job in graphics design then it is to be a programmer.

  8. Jay Cosgrove
    Jay Cosgrove02-06-2015

    Plz help my friend give his page a little boost, his work is worth a
    gander….

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  9. Vasanth Para
    Vasanth Para02-06-2015

    Wrong! I believe I multi -task everyday. It might kind of maybe look messy
    but the work gets completed at the end. 

  10. Rachel Skully
    Rachel Skully02-06-2015

    She does not really talk about what the average day of a graphic artist is.
    More about time management techniques for herself. 

  11. KVPD
    KVPD02-06-2015

    this woman talks nothing about the creative process. she’s not a graphic
    designer. she’s a corporate puppet.

  12. Roberto Blake
    Roberto Blake02-06-2015

    This is a great video that speaks to what a lot of designers in the
    industry face today. The main thing that I would add to it is that every
    day should also help you meet your overall larger goals. Your day isn’t the
    only thing that needs structure, your week, month and year need it to and
    you should have goals for those that your days are helping you to meet.

  13. Brian Graham
    Brian Graham02-06-2015

    this is the worst video on the planet, i’d rather watch a gorilla taking a
    crap than this

  14. Aslam Ahmed
    Aslam Ahmed02-06-2015

    530ahmed GO to this channel on Youtube for Best Graphic designing
    Tutorials

  15. propjam2
    propjam202-06-2015

    RIGHT KIDS THIS IS THE TRUTH ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN! You can do a degree in
    it put today its totally pointless. you train for 3 years on software you
    can learn in 3 weeks. Most of the courses are out of touch with the real
    world. You’ll end up doing personal projects that you’re given months to do
    but in the industry are expected to have done in a couple of days.
    teachers/lecturers are bullshitters! they are there because they set out to
    be graphic designers but have slided into the job of teachers to take
    refuge from that vicious world. You’re better off saving your money,
    learning software and finding work experience with a firm. Now about that
    vicious world of graphic design…..
    Some of you may have a lucky break, maybe your rich daddy pulled some
    stings and got you a placement or a junior position with a top modern
    office firm, and now you’re working as an inhouse designer in the city. But
    for the rest of you poor bastards. its a long grooling backstabbing ladder
    of chaos to the top. Never in my life have I seen young people be treated
    like worthless pieces of shit in an office, crushed, overworked and
    exploited for peanuts. If your a poor mac monkey with a 2bit firm that
    wants you to handle the clients why doing the work, god be with you. You
    are really going to learn the disgusting nature of humanity. Don’t get me
    wrong, some clients are nice people and what they want is straight forward,
    you produce the work get paid and everyones happy. But on the other side
    you have to deal with these selfish arrogant delusional pieces of shit,
    that no matter what you seem to do it never looks right. these fuckers will
    squeeze any joy from your work and have you chasing your tail all week. And
    once you have done the absolute best for them.either they change their mind
    about something for the 30239th time and you have to change it agian and
    agian , or they’ll go to another firm and slag you off to them. Its enough
    to get you hunting them down and beating them to death in the street with
    your keyboard. thats just client side. Firms, fuck me! where do i start.
    today the competition is so high along with hordes of cheap office labor.
    they want you to be everything and do everything so they can save money.
    they will eat you alive, burn you out then replace you with some other poor
    mofo. they want you to be a graphic designer, a web designer, a programer,
    an animator, 3d artist, media editor, the butcher, the baker, the candle
    stick maker all rolled into one. They’ll have you dancing on the office
    floor like a cat on a hot tin roof. And that just the tip of the iceberg.
    If I had to go through everything this comment box would turn into a book.
    best of luck. 

  16. Hardik Vora
    Hardik Vora02-06-2015

    Awsme video
    Guys please check my first video on creating a basic logo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20JOnP5AIO0 Thanx

  17. tedfaun
    tedfaun02-06-2015

    This may sound harsh but i find it ironic that she talks a lot about how to
    present yourself well to employers and yet she has an extremely painful,
    almost condescending style of communicating with people. Take it down a few
    notches… especially with the comedy. Wow that would get annoying in the
    work place. 

  18. Kyle Etter
    Kyle Etter02-06-2015

    alrighty then, now that everyone has had time to resonate and gather their
    thoughts I thought I might reply to the bullshit thats going on with this
    feed. First of all at no point, whatsoever, have ANY one of you stated
    anything positive about the industry unless you were talking about
    yourselves. “Oh, I’m always booked,” “designers with degrees are always
    asking me for help,” blah blah blah. Yet I’m apparently the narcissist.
    Makes total sense. Additionally heres been my problem with this entire damn
    feed. Every one of you, are either A) not even in the industry so have no
    room to speak on it +propjam2 , B)giving absolutely horrible advice by
    telling up and coming artists to never do free or cheap work. By all means,
    do a shit ton of cheap work and even some free work for non-profit
    organizations/small businesses. This is an industry that operates a lot on
    word-of-mouth so if youre known as a shoddy artist with a bitchy attitude
    and greedy nature then no wonder you wont ever get any work. However, if
    you pay some dues, maybe you’ll get some good recommendations down the road
    that will lead to big commissions. C) +Herman Putz what you said about
    paying up to 60k a year to learn Adobe software is nuts when you can learn
    it is true, ill give you that. However, you have to keep in mind different
    people’s comprehension levels. Some need the instruction. I go to the Art
    Institute of Indianapolis, on a scholarship so I don’t have to collect on
    my GI Bill. I am also self taught. I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot
    from the instructors at Ai. They are not there to make you a badass in your
    industry, all any degree program is supposed to do is provide you with the
    tools to succeed and show how to use them. That’s why they teach the
    software, as well as color theory, typography, life drawing, perspective,
    art history, and a large number of other aspects of the Design industry.
    They give you tools, if you end up being a whiney bitch because you didnt
    get rich from it, then thats YOUR fault for never using them. Finally
    D-ickhead) +ROFLMAoo12 yoooooou, your comments, exhaust me, like honestly
    if i try to come up with some mental visual aid to how your brain functions
    I keep coming up with one of those wind up monkey toys that bangs the
    symbols together, only yours is broke. Anyways, you sound the most bitter
    out of all of these guys. To be honest I feel bad for you more than
    anything, I genuinely do. It seems you’ve given up on something and are
    taking your failures out on other Designers…..Ultimately I will close
    with this, the reason why this entire feed is total bullshit is because all
    you guys are doing is bashing an industry you have limited, if any
    knowledge of. You don’t know everything there is to know, you just know
    what you’ve heard, been told, or some minor occurrence in your own life.
    That is not enough to base any kind of judgement on the entire industry
    (and before you attempt to retort what I just said, look back at the
    comments, the entire industry has been dogged on multiple times by several
    people) What you are doing is spreading that negativity on a video that is
    intended to be informational for new Design students, as well as kids that
    are thinking about going into the industry. It is supposed to be positive
    and introduce them to some of the obstacles and resources as well as give
    them ideas on what other aspects of the industry they should look into.
    There could be kids with AMAZING design potential that could be extremely
    successful in this industry. They get on here trying to learn more and all
    they see is your limited knowledge displaying blanket negativity over the
    entire profession. It’s discouraging to other people and if any of you are
    anywhere near as intelligent as you are attempting to be then you will
    realize that you are not helping any of the people that read this looking
    for knowledge, you are cheating them out of a potentially amazing future.
    There is a difference between warning newcomers of some of the negative
    aspects of the industry and what to look out for in an attempt to genuinely
    help, and slandering other designers and the industry as a whole. You
    should all genuinely be ashamed of yourselves. If you are legitimately this
    negative then you have my sympathies, you must lead very miserable lives.

  19. foday S
    foday S02-06-2015

    Tough crowd.

  20. weykmanfr
    weykmanfr02-06-2015

    those students are boring, she’s funny and they are almost dead

  21. MuristekTV
    MuristekTV02-06-2015

    She forgot to say that schools are in it to make money as well. They don’t
    care about students. They don’t tell students it’s going to be 10 years of
    low paying, hard work before paying off the student loans.

  22. Cyber City Plus
    Cyber City Plus02-06-2015

    Jeezas is she talking to dead people…….smh come on 

  23. AndyMotion
    AndyMotion02-06-2015

    She did a great job covering a difficult subject. It’s the same in Los
    Angeles or any city. What she’s not able to really able to speak for
    in-depth is that many of the designers are abused and devalued when the
    behavior is condoned. Which is a huge subject within itself. She’s
    otherwise made an excellent speech to help you focus on the aspects you can
    control. However, if companies constantly complain they can’t find nice
    designers, then they 90% likely have a culture issue within the company.
    Meaning there is MOST LIKELY a jerk there managing that abuses talent.
    Because in those cases, upper-management often loads on more unqualified
    managers instead of hiring more designers. This snowballs and they learn to
    treat you like disposable goods. This is due to designers not respecting
    themselves. If you work late usually, but need to take an evening
    appointment. You should probably go and not let them abuse you due to their
    bad scheduling. They’ll blame you, but do not tolerate this. It’s not your
    fault. You’ll need to prepare yourself to actually fire those clients. No
    matter how big a company you need to walk away. There are plenty of
    opportunities for good designers and even mediocre designers. Really you
    should wean off of recruiters altogether. They are taking up to 50-100%
    what you might make on the job. You can really be starting higher at 50-60k
    instead of the 28-30k. Don’t let them rape you. You can find work on your
    own rather than give some talker a huge fee for doing the same thing you
    can do yourself. No offense to her at all. She’s awesome and did the best
    job any recruiter could do x10. This isn’t an attack on recruiters, but
    just use them sparingly to get a foot in the door and then wean off of them
    immediately. Trust me on this. I’m just speaking the truth from experience.
    And tons of it. 

  24. KVPD
    KVPD02-06-2015

    Call Graphic Designers “creatives” one more goddam time. I dare you. I
    double dare you!

  25. Arielle Cruz
    Arielle Cruz02-06-2015

    “Learn web design, job security, etc.”

    I would advise against having that kind of mentality— learning web design
    just for some perceived job security. You have to commit to web design
    enough that you can be really, very good at it. Otherwise, if you end up
    being a mediocre web designer, you won’t be able to justify getting “US
    rates” for something that can be bought for Asian and South American
    prices. And you’ll end up just wasting your time.

    The competition in web design (and development) is stiff now since we are
    all using the same tools, frameworks, methods, etc., and it doesn’t take
    too much for one to become proficient with those. And the competition isn’t
    going to get any easier.

    Graphic design, however, is another story since the tools used is only half
    of it. The other half has a lot to do with style and technique, which
    aren’t as easy to learn and to refine as coding and programming. So as far
    as job security is concerned, these students ought to not follow the lady’s
    advice and just concentrate on becoming very good graphic designers.

  26. ruyodrgn
    ruyodrgn02-07-2015

    Wow someone get the medic to check the pulse of these people in this room
    they are dead she keeps throwing good jokes at them and they drop the ball
    again and again lol

  27. chronicfish
    chronicfish02-07-2015

    Jennifer’s energy is great… shame everyone else is ASLEEP :/

  28. az093022
    az09302202-07-2015

    She tries to be funny but it ain’t working on those students, she’s
    awesome. I would love her as my teacher any day.

  29. zimonslot
    zimonslot02-07-2015

    learn webdesign: job security! Code all day… fuck that, i’d study
    webdesign if I wanted to do that.

  30. dwayneparkerUSA
    dwayneparkerUSA02-07-2015

    Lots a negative comments here. What a shame! I think she did a FABULOUS
    job. Even more … I’m not even IN Graphic Design … I work in television
    … and I was hooked by her ability to COMMUNICATE. The information she
    gave was super useful for people in MANY professions. And she’s right about
    how in today’s economy companies are likely to hang on to you if you go
    above and beyond, if you bring something to the table. She had a lot of
    positive energy – and as we can see by some of the negative posts here –
    that positivity appears to be worth its weight in gold. Great job, Jen!

  31. Moly Modi
    Moly Modi02-07-2015

    Thank you so much. God bless u. That was so enjoyable and informative. I am
    a geneticist muslim doctor. Genetics is like graphic design because
    genetics forms an integral part of essentially every science and medical
    field in life. Islam encourages me to enjoy every aspect of life within the
    glorious principles of Islam which is the best treatment for depression
    many people suffer from nowadays. Thank God.

  32. Brandon Hill
    Brandon Hill02-07-2015

    ugh i still hate lectures and this lady is just trying way too hard…

  33. Dwight Carriere
    Dwight Carriere02-07-2015

    Awkward jokes lol 

  34. LosEagle
    LosEagle02-07-2015

    The comment section is full of people who have no idea what design is. Just
    scroll top.

  35. KVPD
    KVPD02-07-2015

    I thought the first couple of minutes would be cool but it wasn’t. I’m
    going to watcha David Carson video. He’s also awkward in his lectured but
    he owns it and it’s funny.