Making it as a graphic designer is not only making it in graphic design; graphic design as almost any artistic job opens the doors to many other how to’s. How do you become a graphic designer and why? Not only is it the job of the graphic designer to design a product for someone else, they have to create a passion in that person and sell their idea to that person. To complete this there are many in-depth steps that seem to become second nature to these people we call graphic designers especially for Andrew Gibbs.
You must become open and you cannot be afraid to take a risk; most importantly though you need to be confident within yourself. In the interview with Andrew Gibbs he was asked how he accomplished so much in such a short time. Graduating college by the age of 20 he replied with “I always knew what I wanted even at an early age.” If you are confident in yourself and you are willing to work hard you will succeed. Someone like Gibbs might seem intimidating, being only 16 graduating high school he does not seem like a “normal” person but he followed simple rules available to everyone. While listening to his story I feel certain that everyone can relate to him. He worked numerous jobs before finding his slot in life and took major risks. He left his job with no idea of what was going to come but the difference in him was he had the confidence to take the risk. The mistake people make most of the time is they do not ask, and they do not ask because they are afraid to fail. Being confident is acknowledging you can and will fail; but the key is to take the failure and turn it into success. We would of never known how to walk if we did not fall down plenty of times in the process. Gibbs job before he founded Dieline was one where at the end he was not even getting acknowledge for his work; he knew he needed a change and gained the encouragement from his boss to “just quit”. Most of us do not get the encouragement from people to listen to that voice in the back of our head so take his interview as your form of encouragement. Take the inspiration of doing something you love and turn it into your passion you share with others.
If you are trying to make it in an industry like graphic design; one that is so multifaceted, I encourage you to hold interviews, talk to people and make yourself known. Even if you are the one who makes coffee you must have the confidence to show people you are there and you are there to do what you love to do. Like Gibbs, you can see the difference in his products, ones that he is passionate about than to others who are merely doing a job to make the payments. You can be the most talented person in the world but if you have no drive you will never do as good as the person who has that drive and passion within.
In conclusion, know what you want to do, take the risk and be confident with yourself. The people that look at your work want to know you are confident in your product so that confidence will emerge onto their product. Be confident, be proactive, be understood, but most important do not be afraid to take a risk because you will never know who will like what you have to offer.