Guide to Becoming a Successful Graphic Designer [Infographic]

Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful graphic designer? It takes a certain kind of person with an outgoing personality, a creative spark and a thirst for knowledge to fill those shoes. Designers have a passion for typography, layouts, illustrations, photography and colour pallets.

The traits of a successful graphic designer

Push beyond your comfort zone in both your career and in your designs, never give up because it really shows when you start getting sloppy. Try to explore the maximum principles and elements of design. Be confident in the way you design, your thought process and the way you speak about your work. Remember that communication is the main purpose of being a graphic designer so always double check your spelling and grammar because there’s nothing worse than getting a piece back from the printer and finding a typo. Always keep improving and pushing your boundaries, rework old designs if you think you can make it better. Simplicity attracts all, keep it fresh and straight to the point. Never stop learning, the best and easiest way is to read or take online courses ( is my personal favourite). Always be persistent and passionate, there will be an endless amount of times that you will get knocked down – pick yourself up because to pursue your passion you must have persistence. Be a jack of all trades, the more skills you bring to the table, the better you can help your clients. One of the most important points is to acknowledge those who deserve it. In your career you will need help and guidance from others, thank them and be there when they need your assistance. [Source]

SEE ALSO: A Day in the Life of a Graphic Designer [Infographic] 



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Written by Adrian Martinez

I'm an Art Director based in Toronto, Canada with over 10 years of industry experience. This is both my design blog and my digital playground. Head on over to  to view my work or connect with me on Linkedin. 


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