12 things you might learn in your first year as a designer. by Craig Oldham

  • Understand what graphic design means to you.
  • Be honest with yourself about your strength and your weakness.
  • A portfolio is for like, not just an interview.
  • Placements matter: Do them!
  • The design industry is small
  • Participate with other people and share your ideas
  • Graphic design is just a job, but being a designer is different
  • If you don’t fail then you aren’t trying
  • Life and work exist outside London
  • Designing is, probably, only 20% of your job
  • Have a life outside of design
  • Work hard and BE NICE TO PEOPLE!

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