This Article was written by: Isabella Foreman
When starting out as a graphic designer, it is likely that you will be making some mistakes. But, this is not a big deal, because every start can be hard, and later in your career, you will be laughing about it. But, once you start working either with an agency or as a freelancer, you will quickly learn that there are certain things you should not do. This is why we compiled this list of five common design mistakes you need to avoid when starting out as a graphic designer, so that you ensure a successful career in this field.
Choosing the Wrong Typography
This is one of the obvious signs that shows whether what you are designing is good. Choosing the wrong typography can misrepresent the brand, it may look like an amateur designed it and it can be extremely difficult to read. Because of this, every designer needs to have a good feel of which font looks good and how it will come across to the viewer. To avoid making this mistake, use professional fonts and avoid those free ones, which are really not that good in terms of quality. Opt for one or two similar fonts for one project and make sure that it is legible. The font you choose needs to represent the ambiance and feel of the design.
Too Much Colors and Elements
If you want to produce an attractive and clean design, you need to be delicate in your choice of color and other special features. If the logo, website or brand feels overwhelming and cluttered to the eye, the whole design will be lacking in balance. Special features need to be kept to a minimum and colors have to be used wisely. Opt for two or three colors and include one neutral to balance them out. When contrasting colors, have in mind that they must achieve the feeling you are aiming for, and if you have decided on using a piece of animation, stick to one only because you do not want to overstimulate the viewers by using too many elements.
Too Many Stock Images
Stock images are, in many cases, helpful to designers, especially when you cannot really afford to pay a professional photographer. But, some stock images are frequently present in the design circuit, especially when it comes to digital arts, so they may seem a little too familiar. To avoid making this mistake, do not use stock model images as the central focus of your design, because if you consider that photo to be great, other designers may also share your opinion. It will be a real shame to come up with a design that is amazing and then to find out that someone has also used the same image in their design.
Forgetting To Edit and Not Having a Checklist
This is perhaps one of the worst mistakes you can make as a graphic designer. Before you send off the final version of your design, you have to make sure that you have edited it and gone through the specifications. In many cases, designers send their designs with spelling and grammar mistakes, or they are not properly formatted and simply do not meet the requirements and needs of the client. So, before you finalize any project, make sure that you have a checklist, and you can even consider working with an editor or someone else who will help you with QA.
Packaging and Saving Files the Wrong Way
If you want your work to be printed the right way, the important step you have to consider in your whole design process is the way you are going to package and save your files before you hand them over to your client. To avoid making this mistake, consult with your client about the format they prefer at the beginning of your collaboration, because if you know what they are looking for, you will save yourself a lot of time and avoid any misunderstandings. Make sure to create different folders for fonts, graphics, images, etc. so that, at any time, you have these elements on-hand if the client requests them.
Use these tips as your guideline when you are at the very start of your graphic design career. By learning a few tricks, you will be able to create a design that will make both you and your client happy. Remember not to make compromises; this is the key that will make your career a successful one.