Graphic design is about communication, not drawing
Knowing how to draw is another tool, a very good tool in our case but it is still the same as knowing well Photoshop or InDesign. In my career years I have met excellent draughtsman and very bad designers as well as excellent designers who did not know how to draw a circle. Graphic design is more than knowing how to draw. In fact this is a stereotype that persecutes us and sometimes undervalues our profession.
I remark that in none of them does the option to know how to draw appear. It's important to know that the work output of a graphic designer is not a single door:
- To be a magazine layout designer it is not necessary to know how to
- A front-end designer is not required of drawing skills.
- A designer specialized in photo retouching does not need to know
In fact many design studios outsource part of their work, for example in a packaging design, the designer does the work of volume and labeling while others do the illustrations.
In my personal opinion a good designer must have four main requirements:
Studying the career of graphic design does not make a good designer, just as studying medicine does not make a good doctor either. But it is an exaggeratedly important information base to begin a solid career as a graphic designer. Today there is a lot of resources to do some studies, from online learning to on-site university.
While it isn’t necessary to go to school to find work as a designer, competition for jobs is quite high. Design school can hone your natural eye for design so that you’re better able to compete in the crowded job market.
While this depends more on one's personality, quality can be exercised and improved over time. As an example, knowing how to combine colors is something that can be learned and exercised, but there are people who has it innate, just as a singer is born with a good voice and over time can only improve.
Nowadays every good designer is required of speed. Rapidity in visualizing the graphic result through a briefing, quickness in finding graphic solutions and speed in implementation. Even quickness to get out of unfavorable situations such as a bad printing, a wrong file, etc. This is only achieved with work experience.
Knowing the main applications in use at 100% level, and stay in constant learning. As the graphic applications evolve, interconnect, establish compatibilities, the graphic designer must constantly update its skills with all this material.