How do you become a designer?

How do you become a designer?

In the United States, the term “designer” is not protected if it is used without the addition of a diploma. In principle, every designer can call himself, who in some way creates products or concepts for which he uses his imagination and creativity. This means that the professional title “designer” roughly corresponds to the “manager” or the “copywriter”. This term is also not protected and theoretically you can be a professional manager for everything. Especially the self-employed can really let go with their job titles in combination with the term designer. From letter designer to lighting designer to book spine spacing designer, everything is possible.

The designer probably differs from the artist in that he creates things for a practical use and thereby fulfills a pragmatic sense rather than an artistic one. A well-known quote “design is art that makes itself useful” gets to the point. But this discussion would surely lead too far and go beyond this contribution …

But now back to the real question: How do you become a designer?

You just start with it

The nice thing about the designer profession is that anyone interested can simply start with it. Many successful web designers used to start design attempts with their C64. Some fashion designers have already designed their own fashion in school and tailor it at home and for friends. Graphic designers may have designed an exciting logo for the company of their neighbors without ever attempting an apprenticeship, let alone being able to use the appropriate apprenticeship.

Of course, you can also gain initial experience here at designen and start your designer career.

You gain experience

Good design is certainly not a mayfly. Certainly there are ingenious designs that were hardly changed later. But design is usually a process that requires a lot of work and perseverance. Experience plays a very important role in this. Every future designer can only gain this experience by working best on designs every day. If you want, you can start as a designer without any internships or training. In this case, as long as there is demand, what you do seems to work.

You start internships

In a bundled and structured form, designers gain their experience through internships in agencies. For example, web designers can hire from advertising agencies and learn a lot from others, while fashion designers can try their hand at a tailor nearby. Basically, there is no uniform procedure at this point. Everyone should find their own way here. Agencies usually have the advantage that many work steps are almost standardized and future designers get to know not only the creative work, but also the cooperation with customers and clients. Because in addition to your own imagination and imagination, customer requests usually play a more central role in everyday work.