5 Common Errors of Junior Designers in the Workplace
You’ve got to admit, landing your first graphic designer job can be quite exciting, and at the same time, nerve-wracking; you can never expect what’s in store for you! From now on, it’s a never-ending road of client briefs, revisions, and deadlines. On the bright side, the path’s also full of out-of-this-world ideas, creative knowledge, and life lessons that will hit you unexpectedly.
And since we’re talking about life lessons that we learn by surprise, here’s a set of five common errors that junior artists make, and how to avoid them.
BEING A “PRECIOUS DESIGNER”
While we all value the importance of ideas and crediting, you must not forget that when you work for a studio, it’s a team effort – so you should act accordingly. It isn’t appropriate to have a “me, me, me” attitude towards your ideas, or as Ben Jory, founder and creative director at Jory & Co., put it, being a “precious designer.”
“We always tell people that we don’t want precious designers,” he said. “We don’t want to hire people who will say: ‘This is my idea and I want to take ownership of it.’ There’s nothing worse than a precious designer.”
Practice sharing your thoughts and ideas with your team, and you’ll notice not only a significant improvement in your outputs but a healthy work environment, too.
As an artist, it’s absolutely necessary to always keep yourself on the edge of your seat, as you will never run out of things to learn. One effective way to learn is by listening, as it opens our minds and expands our understanding of how things work.
And that’s one of the things many junior designers miss out: attentiveness. It’s a bad habit, mainly because it can lead to missing out details that, say, have been included in the client brief, thus leading to inferior works. It can also leave a bad impression on your employer or your client at that.
FEAR OF MISTAKES
It’s understandable that if you’re just starting your career in graphic design, you experience a lot of bumps along the way. In addition to that, there are also deadlines that you have to beat. These sometimes cause young designers to bypass the quality standards of a particular project, and that’s not a good sign. Just remember that with work comes pressure, and with pressure comes… well, it depends on how you handle it! Mistakes come naturally, so if you want to at least avoid making one, don’t hesitate to ask your supervisor or someone who you think can help you out.
It’s quite natural for a young artist to be hungry for work. The desire for improvement, the excitement that the new environment brings, the importance of impression, and more. But sometimes being all too animated at work can be a bad thing, as it gives you a high level of expectation; and if you don’t meet these expectations, it can be frustrating.
It’s a common thing to happen, having too much expectation on living your dream career, but you must remember that everyone starts somewhere. Even the best designers started small. You just have to enjoy the ride.
In this day and age, with the rise of social media’s influence, privacy can almost be considered a privilege. It’s common now to see things like pictures in the office online and selfies during work hours, but it’s another thing when you post something that might risk the confidentiality of the company. One of the most important things a client asks for is your project’s privacy, so it’s best to keep that on top of your mind.
Here at MicroCreatives, we’re always excited for young, new talents! And with our fun, diverse, and experienced creatives team to guide them in harnessing their skills and lead them to the right path in the world of design, we’re pretty sure that they’ll all be the right people to get the job done!