Utilizing Your Graphic Designing Skills during Lockdown
September 12, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a grinding halt. Most economies have announced lockdowns forcing people to work and study from home. The period has been frustrating for those who like to be up and about, meeting their colleagues and friends.
If you are a graphic designer and are bored sitting at home, here are a few ideas – from taking graphic design classes to working on freelance projects – to keep you engaged during the lockdown.
Pursue an Online Course
All a graphic designer needs to work is a laptop and an internet connection. If you are based in Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat or Rajkot and are holding on to your dreams of becoming a graphic designer because of the lockdown, you can pursue a graphic designing training course online.
Tops Technologies, the top leading graphic design institute, offers graphic designing online courses. On enrolling, each student is provided with a mentor. After each session, students are provided with live projects that they can complete with the help of their mentor. On completion of the course, Tops also helps its students get placed through their placement assistance programme.
Practice and Sharpen Your Skills
If you have already completed your course, you can practice and hone your skills. As a student when you learn graphic design, you are taught how to use tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, CorelDraw, SketchBook, Adobe XD, SketchApp, etc. You are also taught the concepts of design principles, digital typography and colour theory, photography and image editing, etc.
The best way to utilize this period of the lockdown is to practice your skills regularly to keep them sharp and effective. You can take up personal projects such as spreading informative posts on your social media handles to create awareness about the pandemic.
Take Up Freelancing
Once you have completed taking graphic design classes, freelancing is a great way to put your skill to use and make some quick bucks! Website such as Fiverr, UpWork, FlexJobs, LinkedIn Profinder, Dribble, PeoplePerHour, etc. are platforms that offer tasks for freelancers. You can register yourself on any of these platforms to pick up freelance projects. This way, you can keep practising your skills and earn some money at the same time.
Books are a man’s best friend! And for good reason! You can utilize this time to read more books and learn new concepts. As a graphic designer, you must learn more about colours, typefaces, fonts, design principles, grid systems, design thinking and visual grammar, etc. You can take online graphic design classes at the same time and read more books to supplement your knowledge.
This is the time to go beyond your syllabus and gain knowledge that can help you as a professional! Here’s a list of some of the books that can help you build your knowledge further:
A Non-Designer’s Design Book
Thinking with Type
How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things
Interaction of Colour
A Smile in the Mind: Witty Thinking in Graphic Design
So go ahead and make this lockdown a fruitful experience by enrolling for graphic design classes today! Need more help? You can connect with experts at Tops Technologies for further guidance, if you are based in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot or Baroda.
Niral Modi is the CEO of TOPS Technologies - The best IT Training company in Gujarat - TOPS Technologies offers Training and Job Placement Solutions in Java, Python, PHP, Web Design, Graphic Design, Hardware Networking and a lot more.