5 Key realities of working in the Design Industry

Working in the design industry can be highly rewarding in many ways. However, it takes resilience, hard work, skills, artistry, personal attributes and an attitude to learning that combines both thinking and making.


This means an eye for detail in both content, and visual communication need to be developed to forge a successful career in Design. 

With the ever-changing developments in ideas, technology and rising expectations for user experience to serve us seamlessly with imagination, digital design has become one of the most challenging and exciting fields of design to work in. 

When it comes to building a career around the design of inspiring visual communication for the Web, Apps, Spaces and Experiences, there are certain realities and expectations that are important to understand and immerse yourself in.

Ideas, visuals and Portfolios are everything

‘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 potential for growth.’- Ram Castillo- How to get a job in the Creative Industry. 

In such a rapidly growing industry, with freelance and full time jobs opening up all the time, making your portfolio stand out is essential. Here is how you can make your Design Portfolio stand out. 


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Collaboration is important

Although you may want to own a piece of work yourself and have full credit, 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. 

Networking is Key

It is argued that 80% of Design jobs are gained through word of mouth rather than publicly advertised, meaning that building strong connections is an essential part of building your clientele. Design is an intelligent, social-interaction networking business. 

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 visual exploration and execution. 

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 Digital Design course at JMC Academy teaches the basic ideas, techniques, processes and skills needed for a 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 smart industry. 

“Just take it on the chin and learn as much as you can, quietly scheming for that chance to make the next step.”- Aaron Draplin during his speakshop at JMC Academy 

Find out more about studying Digital Design at JMC Academy.