I studied at CityVarsity in Cape Town, one of the best schools in my opinion! Absolutely loved my time there. I did the 2-year Diploma in Multimedia Design and Production in 1999 graduating Student of the Year at the end of 2000 (a long time ago!).
The primary requirement would be to have a GOOD imagination. As important as aesthetics and design quality are in graphic design, a designer’s ability to be imaginative contributes to the creation of unique designs that connect with the audience and make an impact, as well as a cognitive, strategic, and practical approach. Designers always have to be ahead of the trend, unless the client doesn’t want that! Having good graphic design skills includes understanding what needs to be communicated, and then implementing that message into a visually appealing design. Coding and developing software can be taught, but a good design can only be distinguished from a poor design when you have a passion for it and an innate understanding of it.
Because your first designs might not always work, sometimes the design process can take a while… if they don’t, try something different…
Always do your best work, know your stuff and be willing to be a student forever.
Design, technology and coding is always growing and improving. If you want to keep up with an ever-changing industry, you need to make time to expand your knowledge and keep up to date – change must be thrilling rather than a burden.
Keep researching, keep looking at what’s new out there, love what you do.
Food for thought: Since the web is here to stay, web developers will always be needed. Tech careers have a high rate of longevity, and web development is one of them. The forecasted growth rate for the next ten years is 13%, which makes web development the perfect career path if you’re a tech wizard.