Change is hard, moving is hard, starting a career is hard, changing career paths is riffed with insecurities, and trying to make a new career in a new environment, culture, and sphere is perhaps one of the most daunting ordeals one can undertake within a short time. If you are like me, and any of these describe you, WELCOME… to the blog post of a fellow inquirer.
You’re probably in a constant state of experiencing a mishmash and a plethora of emotions on a daily, weekly and even every timely basis: optimism at the chances ahead of you, insecurities about your skills then you are looking for some semblance of a direction as to what road you should walk on, I know I am, especially being in a field as competitive as Graphics design. As a result, every time I find any sort of instructional “know-how” into the field of graphics design, hold on, latch on to them for dear life because I realize that if i am to be even a smidgen successful, I need as much insight as possible from people in the field, then I found this Website: http://justcreative.com/ by Jacob Cass which in my opinion should be called ” Prospective Graphics Designer’s Guide to Graphics Design”, a manual of sorts taking time to spell out the important things we need to know and do before, during, and even after your primary education.
Jacob Cass’s article: “Graphic Design Jobs: Where Are They and What Skills Do You Need to Land Them?” http://justcreative.com/2014/05/12/graphic-design-jobs-where-are-they-and-what-skills-do-you-need-to-land-them/ is an article I found very useful, especially being “an outsider” because it not only details the biggest Graphics design opportunities are, in what states, and where best to apply, but He also details what the most sought after skills are. This helps me prepare my mind and determine what skills I need to learn, refine and improve to make myself more marketable and even irresistible, stacking the already skewed odds in my favor.
The other aspect of this post and website as a whole is that it links to other relevant websites, such as http://design.tutsplus.com/ http://design.tutsplus.com/articles/50-totally-free-lessons-in-graphic-design-theory–psd-2916 and to other relevant articles within the blog http://justcreative.com/2008/02/25/99-graphic-design-resources/ http://justcreative.com/2008/02/25/99-graphic-design-resources/ http://justcreative.com/2008/02/25/99-graphic-design- resources/http://justcreative.com/2008/03/27/how-to-get-freelance-design-jobs-for-students/ which are all great resources to quell the troubled designer’s mind, and give tutorials, daily challenges and everything in-between.
I understand that every day is a struggle, and as designers, we literally live change as a lifestyle, it is always a breath of fresh air to have a helping hand and a guidance to make the journey a tad easier, and this is what I believe this website has done and is doing, and it is encouraging designers and students alike and inspiring everyone who comes in contact with this website and with the author and for this I am grateful to the author Jacob Cass and I hope that the new wave of designers coming up can be equally inspirational to other generations of designers. For this I say Thank you Jacob Cass