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Adding to Emilie's great answer It's difficult to define what "stressful" is, because it varies from person to person (are designers more stressed than, say, surgeons?), so I'll just focus on the things that I think can make design different from other jobs. Note: Graphic Design is a HUGE field. You can work in print, in web, in motion... you can do ...


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Your position is unusual but not that unusual, and you're lucky that, more than in other trades, good design recruiters are usually more interested in the quality of your portfolio and what it shows of your aesthetic sense, creativity and ability to meet a brief than they are in doing a box-ticking exercise on your resume. (but not all recruiters are good ...


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Should designers put ALL of their works in their portfolio? My answer is NO. A portfolio is a collection of your best work. Not EVERYTHING you've done since kindergarten. However, I DO feel that a portfolio should be tailored for who you are showing it to just like a resume. If you are presenting to a client that wants you to do their website, then ...


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Sounds entirely like spec work to me. Anyone asking you to do anything other than show samples of your previous work, is asking for spec work. There is never a call for the "do this job and if we like it we'll hire you." And there is never a call for creating a "mock up" of something unless you've already been hired or signed a contract. No respectable ...


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Definite No. It is tough to know where to draw the line though, particularly if you have a lot of pieces that you look at as similar quality. You should ask peers what is your best work(s), but more importantly, what is/are the worst. If you get a consistent answer for that, you are hurting yourself, even if it does establish diversity/range. I think the ...


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There are many branches of graphic design and although yes, I've heard all around me about graphic design being stressful jobs, I've managed quite well on that aspect in the past so I would tend to say that where there is a will there is a way. I didn't work much overtime and when I did, I got paid for it. I find there is often a culture of overworking in ...


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It's all relative. No one lives or dies due to design, so I doubt anyone would say graphic design is nearly as a stressful profession as police, firemen, EMTs, doctors, nurses, etc have. Then again, I'd wager that graphic design can be more stressful than things like a farm hand, acupuncture therapist, hot air balloonist, etc. It can be stressful to meet ...


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EDIT: Comments are correct in that this doesn't strictly answer the question. I saw two matters here, one being the finding the correct person and the other the interviewing, and I went for the first. For me, the interviewing is a tool to reach the first. Creative thinking is definitely a must, but I'd actually try to find designers that can demonstrate ...


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I agree with Scott's answer and would like to give you a general perspective. But, firstly, some stress is good. It keeps you going; does not let you procrastinate and gives you an opportunity to better yourself continually. In my opinion, everything can be stressful if - If you don't like doing it. If you "want/agree" to do too much of it, too fast. If ...


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Working as a graphics designer is nice. You get to test yourself everyday and as you know practice makes it perfect. Then the unrealistic deadlines come, or the boss want to add something new or change something that took you 2-3 days to make in a few hours just because he thinks it will be simple and easy. All of this get you stressed, you tend to lose ...


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It can be very stressful, but that depends on your workplace and the expectations placed upon you. If you work for a company marketing department that has a constant flow of lead-gen driven deadlines, you can often feel the brunt of that. Reason is that the designer is usually the last person to work on something before it goes out the door (ads, email ...


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If you are looking for freelance work, you can try Elance or Freelancer. Both sites allow you to upload your portfolio for a fee, but the best way to find projects in those is to browse the ones other users upload. I've worked with both, so I'd recommend you to be particularly careful about which projects you choose, there are lots of fake ones and it's ...


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If this is for an interview I would suggest tailoring the best 10 pieces you have for that company and putting it in a portfolio. We do have a similar question that might also be useful to you: "What type of paper should I use for print outs for a physical portfolio?" You could always re-iterate that you have more work, if they would like to see it, on ...


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I was recently involved in helping to recruit a new designer and I was asked to design the part of the interview that would test for the right kind of practical creative thinking. What I went with - which seemed to work quite well and got very useful results - was to give each candidate a plausible very basic brief (everyone gets the same one, naturally) ...


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Like coding, graphic design is really about creative thinking and problem solving. Also like coding, any test you could give likely emphasizes implementation skills more so than creative thinking. IMHO, these types of tests check for the understanding of particular code syntax or a particular piece of software...both skills that are easy to learn, so ...


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Quark is all but dead. I have worked in Prepress for over 15 years. Up until about 6 years ago Quark totally dominated as far as the files that crossed my desk. Now I will be lucky (or unlucky) to see 2 Quark jobs a month. I used to praise the merits of Quark (over Pagemaker, yuck!) but now Indesign just makes my job so much easier. My advise to anyone doing ...


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In my experience, a good portfolio is (almost) all you need. Experience is of course very, very valuable, but if you have been freelancing and you can showcase your work, everything else will come second. If I have to hire another designer, I don't care about their training. Now, of course, I am not a company or a studio. For them, having experience in the ...


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Write a really good cover letter Your prospective employer, if they're worth working for, wants to know where your passions lie and that you can communicate well. Depending on what kind of org you want to work in, show a little personality and skip the overly formal accountant-type letter. Make sure your work samples rock Once you have their interest, ...


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What I'd suggest is first check if there are any open positions that fit your skills, and then maybe also write cold applications (they may not be very likely to get you a job, but you never know). Write a short letter explaining why you are valuable (as usual) and add a portfolio with your best pieces. As it was said before, I also think it counts a lot ...


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I wouldn't give the satisfaction of a link. Pick a few of your best pieces and put it into a well designed PDF along with your résumé. Include that as well as the separate résumé file. Be wary of resolution to memory balance, you don't want it to be too large because different companies will have different limits on their email. State in the cover letter / ...


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Adding to Farray's list under Assets, Id also include: Guarantees from the Client to the Designer that the Client has the rights to all Client Content that the Designer may work with. Guarantees from the Designer to the Client that the Designer has secured all necessary rights to third party material (stock photo, open source, etc) that the Designer ...


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(note - this refers to art directors in graphic design and illustration. As John says, it means different things in other sectors - particularly advertising where it's not nearly such a high level. This is also based on the UK - other countries might have different standards) Is it possible to go from Art Director to Creative Director? Yes, it's probably ...


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Get / create a damn good website that effortlessly shows off your work and your diversity. Link to other places people might find you like a Behance or Dribbble profile. For digital design show any interactive or coding work you've done (link to GitHub etc); just make it easy for people to look at your work. C.V.s are made to be ignored. Seriously they are ...


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It's mentally demanding. That can be stressful at times. On the flip side, a career that doesn't challenge you mentally can also be stressful. All jobs can be stressful. It depends on your definition of stress, the particularities of your position, your coworkers, your clients, your company, your boss, your salary, your region, your family, etc, etc.


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Here's what I would do. Choose a few applicants you like and pre-interview them on what they're looking for, management experience, what kind of budgets they've been use to working for and such. This is for the "bonus" aspect. Of those take the responses that are the most aligned with working in tight budgets and timelines and ditch the ones that are ...


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Most creative directors start out as a designer and work their way up. Depending on what type of Creative Director role you are after, you should focus your design career in that direction. You mentioned brand management or advertising. The obvious career path for you would be to progress from an Art Director. (see more info in the link Ryan posted to the ...


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It is a common promotional path to go from designer -> art director -> creative director. So, yes it is very possible, depending on your industry. Art Director is a widely used title that means different things in different industries. In VFX, you are a senior team manager, with many working below you. In advertising/marketing, Art Director title can be ...


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It's all who you know. If you feel you don't have the formal education to prop up a résumé, then you need to make contacts and spread the word so that people learn about you from your work first. If your work is then good enough, that becomes the path to the interview and potentially the job, rather than the résumé and the ...


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I think there are some good answers here, but I feel like there's one or two points missing. (Now, I have never looked into other people's resumés myself, nor am I a very experienced designer. So the following may not be right or as important as I feel it is. Still, let me share my thoughts.) First off, you mentioned providing both a fancy resumé and a ...



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