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It's a simple answer really, low barrier to entry. No school requirement No certifications or accreditation required Most people already own a computer so capital investment is very low too. Even on the highest end you're talking about maybe $3,000 in top of the line software and hardware It's like the tagline from the game Othello, "A minute to learn a ...


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I'm not a graphics designer, but I don't think the issue you're describing is in any way specific to graphics design. I think that if you look hard enough, you can find this is issue in any field -- I know I've seen it in software development, for example. There's something in psychology called the Dunning–Kruger effect, which I think is related. It is a ...


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Short answer—No, it isn't your job. Is a Graphic Designer expected to always do a "check spelling"? If the client needs copywriting or editing, by all means specifically charge for the service. Otherwise it is down to the client. In the past I have corrected spelling mistakes only to be told later that it was intentionally misspelled—I then had to ...


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Interesting question. You partially answered yourself: "heavy edits offensive". Do not heavily edit anything. In my experience shooting portraits: 95% (sort of) of clients want "Put some Photoshop on it, Ok?" Woman are worried about weight and wrinkles. Man are more worried about weight. As Ryan commented, a temporary feature like blackheads, some ...


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There are a couple of ways to approach this question: in relation to someone new to doing graphic design, and someone new to paying for it. It's true, graphic design is easy to jump into - anyone can get a computer, download the software and within ten minutes have a state-of-the-art setup on par with the best designers out there. And you can learn the ...


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Correct skin tones, pimples, scratches, and highlight spots primarily. Beyond the a little light dodging and burning if appropriate on any particularly bad ones. Basically, correct anything that is either a temporary mark like a pimple or stained shirt. Or anything that was caused by poor lighting and photography. Do not remove wrinkles, dimples, lines, or ...


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My opinion (as a part-time web developer with low-mid graphic skills): People only see the result. They know nothing about your thoughts and ideas. Recreating graphic design is pretty easy (compared to Photoshop speedpaintings or handmade illustrations for example). As you pointed out above, dividing a circle into five pieces isn't hard. It's a ...


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It's because of the I can do that reflex. Let's look at the difference between painting and designing. Any experienced designer can tell you that there is very little difference in effort between doing a beautiful painting and creating a beautiful design. Everything up to the actual creation of the work is exactly the same: imagining, composing in your ...


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Because good design is 99% invisible. So because they don't see it, they don't notice how hard it actually is.


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Is a Graphic Designer expected to always do a "check spelling"? No, it should not be a client expectation. Sometimes clients don't understand where the line between graphic design and copy writing is and they might assume that it is the designer's responsibility but I am always very explicit that copy editing and graphic design are two separate services. ...


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This depends. Mostly upon the agreements / contract you agree upon with your client. In principle, I'd say this falls outside of a designer's responsibility. For example, I have a set of terms and conditions that apply to all my contracts, and they include the clause that I'm not responsible for spelling mistakes, provided I placed the text as I received it ...


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As mentioned in other answers, this does not just go for Design, but for any skill. The root of the problem is in the fact that everyone starts out as unconsciously incompetent, the first of the phases of mastering a skill. The beginner does not see things they could do wrong because of their lack of skill. It is only when someone becomes consciously ...


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My 2 cents. (Some special cases not taking into account like blind persons) I. Drawing One of the first activities that an infant do, inclusive before talking or walking is grab a crayon and do some lines. Culturaly, drawing it is taken as a medium of expression. And this is reinforced a lot with complements "Oh what a great drawing". < This is in most ...


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It all depends on how you sell yourself as a service, and the expectations you set with the client up-front. My design agency markets itself as a full-service agency, where we review all the copy that comes in, modifying it for clarity and style consistency. As a freelancer, I rarely review the copy I receive (not never). I make sure that the clients know ...


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Working from home is OK, but you need to have a work space. Treat that space separately from the rest of your home. Don't sit on your couch and work whilst watching your favourite reality show. It doesn't work. For a few hours overtime on some personal projects it's not a problem, but for your regular working hours it's not realistic, or productive, or ...


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Speaking as someone who doesn't do this professionally, I'd say people assume it's easy as a result of naive ignorance, since it's something that the general public would never see behind the curtain. Before I started learning it myself, I never really thought it was "easy", but I also never ranked it very far up in my mind on the scale of "difficult things ...


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Basically people aren't very good at recognising what they can't do. This is a general rule with a few possible outcomes: They put out junk designs without realising it. They find someone more confident (not necessarily competent). They realise it's hard and either. Give up or Carry on because they have no choice (this is where I fit best) I've ...


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What is the appropriate action(s) to deal with this, objectively? There might be a little bit more to this and I will speak from my developmental experiences. That said we do not know if the volunteer was in communication with head committee and knew about the changes and requested them. So depending on the organization atmosphere it will really ...



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