Wednesday 20 February 2019

career talk - a job in design #ad ♥

I am getting back into the swing of my blogging routine again after adjusting to becoming pregnant.  Due to the magical joys of morning sickness and fatigue I sadly had to put my blog on hold but I am back and feeling more energetic and I am excited to talk about today's blog post. I have a giant flower wall set up in the soon to be nursery and before little bump arrives, I will be using this room to brainstorm my blog ideas and what direction I want Fairytale Kiss to go in. I love the idea of using a display panel for jotting my ideas down and Where The Trade Buys, a top UK provider of display panels, are a great place to look if you need some help with your blog or hobby.

My friend Lydia has recently decided to create her own clothing brand, she is in the process of designing the outfit templates and learning how to sew. She has quite a few mood boards pinned up to help her design process too. If you are looking to start a blog, magazine or fashion brand, hopefully  these handy tips will help you decide what path appeals to you.

Editorial design
Editorial design is the process of designing magazines books and newspapers — for both online and offline publications. This type of design requires an eye for composition, layout and aesthetically pleasing typography. To succeed as an editorial designer, you should have the following qualities:
The ability to recognise attractive content
Understand what the reader wants to see on the page
Be skilled in the layout of images and content

Design is a big part of branding for many companies. It helps them project their message to a target market and create a memorable brand image. Some companies have design teams in-house and others outsource to marketing and design agencies. It’s down to you to decide which environment you think you’d enjoy most. In an agency role for example, you could be working with a variety of businesses and projects all at one. As part of an in-house team, you’d work solely with that brand.

What is a typographer? These people are trained in the design of type and lettering, another important part of creating visuals. As you’re probably aware, a logo or the typography of a company can become widely recognisable by customers — take Coca Cola for example. This type of role appeals to people who are interested in lettering styles and getting creative with words. This is quite a niche area, therefore many designers specialise in this alongside other areas of design.

A common role for illustrators is a job in animation. Or, you might find yourself in a company role who require illustrations to spread their brand message or inform their audience.
As an illustrator you might find yourself:
Designing posters
Creating storyboards
Producing images for books and book covers
Designing merchandise products
Getting involved with film and cartoon creation

Some illustrators become specialised too in subjects such as science, technology and medicine. Here, they create imagery for text books and material to help readers understand the subject. These jobs are only a selection of what you could be exposed to as a designer. Conduct plenty of research to find the job that you’re most interested in.
Although a lot of design roles are about your creativity, there are some things you can do in terms of work experience and studying. The first thing to consider is a university degree, perhaps in graphic design. Each course is different, depending on the university but most of them cover the following topics:
The influences of graphic design
How branding and design comes together

To get accepted onto an undergraduate course like this, you’re often asked to bring a portfolio of your work. Through an Art and Design related GCSE or A-level you can start to discover your own style and use the work to create a portfolio for the future. 
Gaining some work experience can come in handy too. Why not get in touch with a local design agency or local business? During university, take the opportunity to do a year in industry too. You’ll hopefully learn more about the industry you’re most interested in and can gain some extra experience to add to your CV! I was lucky enough to intern at More! magazine, Red and Nuts and it certainly helped me with planning and creating content, which I now apply to my blog. What tips do you have for finding your dream job? 

1 comment

  1. Aww! I am glad you are feeling a little bit better and were able to blog. This is such a useful post!


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