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After spending nearly a decade in the field of graphic design, I still ponder over the question…What drove me into becoming a graphic designer? Even though I have relentless passion and obsession for graphic designing, I still can’t decide what solitary factor inspired me into this field. I’m sure the same question haunts many graphic designers out there.

Whether you are seasoned campaigners or newbie graphic designers starting your career, there is an actual motive…a reason that drives you into your line of work. So…ever wondered why you decided to become a graphic designer? Was it the money, fame and laurels that attracted you? Was it pure desire and fervor for graphic designing that lead you into this field? Or was there another reason?

Before answering, I would like you to go through the 6 most common reasons that most graphic designers give for entering the creative design world.


1. To be a Creative Individual:

Graphic designing is a field for highly creative individual people. Although anyone can dream of becoming a designer, but not everyone can succeed in it. Being a graphic designer gives you the freedom and liberty to explore your creative thoughts. It also provides you the chance of independently working on a project and taking decisions on your own. Some people like the thrills of creative freedom and self-determination and thus end up becoming a graphic designer.


2. Be Rich and Wealthy:

Those who believe that a graphic designer doesn’t earn much should check out the rebranding costs of famous brands. You will be amazed to find out how rewarding the field of graphic design is. A creative job like identity development isn’t a one day endeavor and required immense though process to execute. Consider the example of Pepsi rebranding which cost over $1 billion. The entire rebranding consists of conception, implementation of design and introduction of new identity to the target audience. Some people are acquainted with the riches of graphic design and thus are attracted to the field too.


3. Achieve Fame and Recognition:

It is a know fact that fame and eminence go together with a successful designer. The word ‘designer’ itself is enough to create celebrity fame. Be it a fashion designer, web designer or a graphic designer, fame and recognition are hard to avoid. Since you are the brain behind identities that make up famous brands, you will be highly regarded in the marketplace as a creative expert. Consider the example of Carolyn Davidson who rose to fame after creating Nike’s hallmark ‘Swoosh’. Most people are inspired by famous designers and thus decide on becoming the same themselves.


4. Follow Family Footsteps:

This is probably one of the most common reasons why people choose a certain profession. An engineer’s son becomes an engineer, a doctor’s daughter ends up being a doctor. This practice is also seen in graphic design as well. Since most of the members in your family are graphic designers, you follow into their footsteps and end up being one too. You may not realize this at first, but later on in your careers when you start hating your job, you will understand the consequences of choosing your profession in this fashion.


5. Earn Awards and Laurels:

Some people have a yearning for awards and laurels in their lives. Probably inspired by the Golden Globe Awards or The Oscar, they love standing in the limelight and receive awards for their accomplishments. Graphic design is one of the fields which not only give remuneration, but also awards for the outstanding performances. There are various graphic, logo and web design awards that take place annually. Some people become graphic designers just to earn laurels.


6. Make a Difference in Design Community:

Graphic designing is a field for highly creative individual people. Although anyone can dream of becoming a designer, but not everyone can succeed in it. Being a graphic designer gives you the freedom and liberty to explore your creative thoughts. It also provides you the chance of independently working on a project and taking decisions on your own. Some people like the thrills of creative freedom and self-determination and thus end up becoming a graphic designer.


So which one of the above reasons inspired you into becoming a graphic designer? If there is any another reason that motivated you, do share with us.

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. mae | custom postcard printing On February 21st, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Probably, if ever you conduct a survey, these 6 reasons why individuals choose to be graphic designers will be on top of the list. However, for me, I decided to be a graphic designer merely because that’s what I want. It’s my dream and passion to be one.

  1. Paper Acrobat On February 21st, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I was always interested in art and graphic design seemed like the only valid way to make living from making art.

  1. Adam Booth On February 22nd, 2012 at 4:09 am

    A very interesting post. I feel some of the points mentioned are valid but I do feel some of them are not a true reflection of the design industry. I feel the primary reason people choose to become designers is because they are creative people and this is a passion they would like to get paid for and do everyday as a job. I do not feel that designers choose this line of work to become rich and famous. I feel this is a great misconception. The vast majority of designers choose do this because it is a passion of theirs and not for the by-products of this.

  1. web designing in chennai On February 22nd, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I agree all the six reasons, this six reasons inspired me to become a graphic designer!!

  1. Amanda On February 22nd, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I became a graphic designer because of the combination of 1 and 6. I started out in portraiture (and I still draw on the side) but I found that I had a better head for design and that people were actually willing to employ me for it. As I’ve grown as a designer, I’ve been more motivated by the changes I can make in my community with design. Design can be an extremely rewarding career when it comes to making a difference in the world.

  1. Psdbucket On February 22nd, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I agree with many of your reasons. I agree that many people become graphic designers to win prizes or money or to become known, but I think very few people become graphic designers to follow family footsteps, or are sure from the beginning that will make a difference in this area. However, between graphic designers is a great competition and few people are very good.

  1. MicroSourcing On February 23rd, 2012 at 1:17 am

    The leading reason is people’s need to be creative. The prospect of a 9-5 job doesn’t appeal to everyone, but creative individuals feel the need for stability, a graphic design job delivers the best of both worlds.

  1. Maria On February 23rd, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I have became a graphic designer because I always designed birthday cards and poster by editing copyrighted photos and putting into my own designs. I use the copyrighted images for personal use, not selling copyrighted graphics to anybody.

  1. Asmitha On February 24th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I am interested about Graphic design.Opportunities for graphic designers are growing in the field of interactive media. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that job seekers are expected to face keen competition for available positions.

  1. Phil H. On February 24th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    My interest in graphic design came at an early age developing and creating websites for my favorite cartoon shows with free site builders like Tripod, Angelfire and GeoCities.
    Little did I know that a childhood hobby would become a passion and career. Now 15 years later, I will be graduating Kent State University with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design.

    The creative process itself is a driving force behind my love for graphic design. I love creating things. More, I love connecting with others and sharing what I’ve created and then watching it impact their lives. Yes I want to become wealthy and be a creative director one day. Yes winning awards and being recognized by industry professionals is exciting to think about. Yes I want to make an impact within the advertising industry. But more than anything else as graphic designers, we have an inherent need to shape the world around us through our love of art, which is why many I believe could choose no other profession.

  1. David LG On February 25th, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Ever since I was a little brat, I have designed my own cassette and CD covers and that somehow kickstarted my love for graphic design. I feel the urge to speak my mind in a graphic way, be it a photograph, a graphic design or whatever.
    Besides, I want to live and work in NYC and date celebrities :)))

  1. Designely On February 25th, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Definitely the sixth reason here!
    I think the web design community needs a little change. Not much, but a fresh perspective is definitely always welcome.

  1. Charlie B. Johnson On February 28th, 2012 at 1:20 am

    @Adam Booth…nice to hear your views on the subject, couldn’t agree more.

    @David LG…good luck dating celebrities ;)

    @Designely.. so what changes in the design community do you have in mind mate? :)

  1. mobile application developers On February 29th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    This is good topic. Enlisted reasons are really entitled to praise. I believe all graphic designers somehow will worth to any one reason presented here. Really you revealed a secret book that probably every graphic designer do not love to open. Thanks for sharing an interesting stuff.

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  1. Greg Gorski On March 1st, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Graphic design seemed like a natural progression after years of being art director with a number of high end advertising agencies. Got out when the clients told me they got the software, so they don’t need designers any more. Perhaps we should spend more time educating the public about the need for a good quality design

  1. Hypernova Design On March 12th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I kind of was lucky as I got my first graphic design job because my employer confused “graphic design” with “computer graphics” (computer graphics was my course at Uni), and as I enjoyed designing so much I rather stayed in that area. However, I am interested in games and programming too

  1. Caitlyn Nichols On March 14th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Great post! Every designer has their own different reason why they went into the field. As a graphic design student and naturally talented in art, I have always been amazed by design work in the marketing field – advertising, logos, web design, etc etc. I wanted to expand my diversity of creativity by going into the field since everything has become so technological, and I admit I like computers and such, so graphic design is a great fit for me. I like learning something new each day and incorporate it into my designs and future work. At the very least I love it so much! And if you love something so much then it isn’t considered a job to dread about. :)

  1. Brian Mertik On March 16th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    20 years ago when I was in college, I was an average graphic design student – almost gave up and became an illustrator. The BFA students were much better with a T-square and rubylith than I was (yes – that long ago). If it weren’t for the fact that I was such a computer geek, I wouldn’t have been able to “find myself” with Photoshop 3. All of the sudden, I became the star of the Graphic Design circle in college.

    That combination of computers and art was what got me excited. I had been designing before the computer – and using computers before the commodore 64 (vic 20 actually…) but when I actually got to use an “undo” key or a “save as” for the first time… for me, it was almost miraculous to be able to revert to a previous version instead of ripping up a cold-press board and going back into the darkroom.

    Now that I’m designing print, web, video, mobile and an assortment of other creatures using the Adobe suite, I’ve never once looked back and questioned my decision to go into Graphic Design.

  1. Theraisa K On March 19th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I became a freelance graphic designer completely by chance. I really wanted to be an Archaeologist and studied 1 year of it in university. During that time I was freelancing on the side creating websites and flyers for unknown bands – just because I thought it was fun. After my year of university was up, I decided Archaeology wasn’t my thing and flipped to graduate from a 3 year graphic design program. Now I’m at home with my kids offering out my skills and services to anyone who needs it :)

  1. Graphic Design Shrewsbury On April 17th, 2012 at 4:22 am

    I wanted to be a graphic designer from the age of 10. Every subject I chose through school, college and university was geared towards me realising my dream.

    I was lucky enough to be head hunted out of university to a graphic design and print agency, from there I went on to work as lead designer for an international conference products manufacturer travelling back and forth between the UK and China. After that I studied for my chartered accountancy in anticipation of starting my own business with strong commercial and financial knowledge to back up my creativity. Then in 2011 I started my own graphic design, web design and photography studio.

  1. Ribice On August 27th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    The biggest reason, at least as I see it, is unleashing your creativity and making a difference. Good points though.

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