We live in a world where things have to look good. Not only does that mean everyone is running to the gym and laying down serious bucks for fancy clothes. We also expect our news to look good when we get it from the television or a morning newspaper. Our coffee cups have to be creative and stylish. Even our toilet paper had better be wrapped in some cleverly designed cellophane if we’re going to be happy. Thank heavens there’s a growing field of Graphic Design that works to keep everything – absolutely everything – good looking.
Graphic Design majors love taking just about anything and making it their own through art. If graffiti weren’t illegal, they’d be tagging walls with spray paint everywhere they went. They like playing around with design programs, too. In fact, they just might invite PhotoShop to their birthday party before they think to invite their sister.
Graphic Design majors can take an idea or concept and make it happen on paper (or on computer screen). They’re creative and witty. They also know their audience. The skateboarder crowd can handle a busy, cluttered magazine cover, but the AARP subscribers need crave simplicity.
Is Comic Sans your favorite font? You disgust me. Step away from this major.
Expect to take a bunch of classes that teach you the ins and outs of computer software used to design. You’ll also learn about the principles of design, which rules are meant to be broken and which never are. You’ll learn about designing everything from a Web site to a big ol’ bus logo.
Graphic Design majors can always find work in journalism fields or in marketing and advertising firms. But there’s also other places you may not have thought of. You know the opening credits to the latest James Bond movie? A Graphic Designer did it. Graphic Designers can work freelance or find a job with a company that’s concerned about image. And let’s face it, we’re all concerned about image.
Start dinking around on design programs on your computer now. If all you have is a click-and-draw type program, make the most of it. You’ll just be that much more excited when you have access to the good stuff in your college computer lab.
Don’t just complain that your school newspaper needs a facelift – offer to give it one. Get a job in student media, or offer your services at the local weekly newspaper. Anything you can design and get published is a clip for your portfolio. Have no pride while in college – design anything.