Unless you have a library copy of course!It's something you'll probably be coming back to again and again. Becoming a Graphic Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design Coursesmart by Teresa Fernandes Paperback 368 pages There are others of course. Design magazines can also be a good source of information. "Publish", or "Print" magazine are good places to look. They often give you an idea of what the industry is doing and where it might go. Although there may be some that make it to the industry just by talent alone, most, if not all of us I'm talking you and me here need some sort of certificate or degree to land a job as a graphic designer.
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The career objectives of the graphic designer run the gamut from visionary to business savvy. Throughout their careers, graphic designers often fend for themselves. As such, designers must create a recognizable brand that allows them to be free in their vision, and also attracts the right kind of business to be financially secure. These career objectives come from the variation of tasks the graphic designer has to do, such as staying up to date with industry trends, illustrating new concepts, gathering materials to help her better perform her job, and coordinating with other agencies or designers on a project. In order to reach her financial goals, the graphic designer has to aspire to be masterful in her creative life. As such, one of her most important career goals is to have the ability to see things differently at any given time. This ability, being able to connect two or more seemingly unrelated pieces together into something new and inspired, is important to both the designer's mental well being and the future of her career. As such, designers will constantly try to see things differently, learning what to look for when other people aren't looking for anything, and finding patterns in what seems like randomness. This goal is one attained through experience, and comes to all good designers in time. Being artsy is all well and good, but without anyone to commission your work, there's no career to be had. Graphic designers have ongoing goals or at least should have ongoing goals that include finding new clients interested in their work.