Top 10 tips about being designer

In 2010 I was invited by the Martin College Alumni to speak at the graduate show to encourage the up and coming graphic designers by sharing about my experience and give advice on preparing them for their exciting career. Here is a list of the top ten tips I delivered which proves to become increasingly powerful reminders for myself and designer acquaintances.


10. Place a brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.

9. 
Figure out what you are trying to say first, rather than how you are going to say it.

8. Use space wisely (not necessarily filling every increment of space).



7. 
Fall in love with TYPOGRAPHY.

6. Do not underestimate the impact of presentation. (See NYC Garbage Packaging)

5. Accept criticism as an opportunity for growth.

4. Get involved online and offline.

3. Your biggest weapons are your attitude and passion.

2. 
Nothing beats experience.

1. Just remember that “when you think it’s all been done before, it hasn’t been done by you”
– Louise Bannister Founder of Frankie.



By: Ram Castillo


Visuals sourced from:
Tien-Min Liao: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Handmade-Type/3235741
Orlando Aquije Abarca: http://www.behance.net/gallery/LOGOS/875439


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About Ram Castillo

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Ram is an award winning Design Director, Blogger, top ranking Podcaster, Speaker, CreativeLive.com Instructor and Author of two internationally acclaimed books 'How to get a job as a designer, guaranteed' and 'How to get a mentor as a designer, guaranteed'. He's based in Sydney, Australia and in 2012, started the blog GiantThinkers.com which helps thousands of design students and graduates be employed. Ram has since been featured in Communication Arts, HOW magazine, Herman Miller, deFrost*, AIGA.org and Apple.

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