The Key Realities of Working in the Design Industry

Working in the design industry can be so rewarding. However, it takes resilience, hard work, skills, artistry, personal attributes and an attitude to learning that combines both thought and creativity!


This means an eye for detail in both content, and visual communication need to be developed to forge a successful career in Design. With continuing developments in design ideation, technology and rising expectations for UX to serve us seamlessly, digital design has become one of the most challenging and exciting fields to work in.

When it comes to building a career around the design of the Web, Apps, Spaces and Experiences, there are certain realities and expectations that are important to understand and immerse yourself in before you launch into a career, so let's go through them.

Ideas, Visuals and Portfolios are Everything

Ram Castillo, an Award Winning Sydney Designer knows a thing or two about navigating your way into a creative career with step one, a fleshed our portfolio. ‘A portfolio is a refined and considered selection of your best work, customised to speak to the area of creativity you are applying for. It should showcase your proved abilities, examples of completed work and your potential for growth.’

In such a rapidly growing industry, with freelance and full time jobs on offer across all kinds of businesses, making your portfolio stand out (and in turn, your talent stand out) is essential. We've complied a list of ways to make your portfolio stand out, click the link below!

Make Your Design Portfolio Stand Out

Collaboration is Important

Although you may want to own a piece of work yourself and have full credit for it, working with other designers enables you to build a larger network and develop a wider range of design styles. Don’t be afraid to collaborate with other designers, artists, photographers, typographers, performers and writers to build on your own contribution to working projects. 

When you work with others openly, processes and goals become more aligned, leading design collaborators towards a higher success rate of achieving a common goal, and what more could you ask for!

Networking is Key

It is argued that around 80% of design jobs are gained through word of mouth avenues rather than accepting offers that are publicly advertised (LinkedIn says so) meaning that building strong connections is an essential part of building your clientele. Design is an intelligent, social-interaction networking business, so getting a design job role will be no different. 

It’s more about working with people than you may realise

Whether you’re working with clients, for a company or with other designers, being able to calmly and clearly communicate with people is a much-needed skill when working in Design. This demands inter-personal skills and attributes, time-management skills as well as problem solving methods of visual exploration and execution. 


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You have to keep constantly learning

The Design industry is constantly changing and evolving, meaning as a designer, you have to adapt, learn and develop to keep up with changing ideas, current events, technologies and trends.  

The Visual Communication (Design) course at JMC Academy teaches the basic ideas, techniques, processes and skills needed for a successful career in Digital Design. An attitude of consistent learning instils the knowledge and work-flow required to be able to keep relevant in such a fast-paced and intellectual industry. Take it from one of our design alumni Aaron Draplin“Just take it on the chin and learn as much as you can, quietly scheming for that chance to make the next step.”.

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