How to Graphic Design

Be an artist, argue and ignore feedback.

Be an artist

Specifically, be like Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. To the uninitiated, Michelangelo was a Renaissance sculptor who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City. Throughout much of history, the church has been a patron of many artistic works, engaging artists to paint or sculpt scenes from biblical stories. In this case, Michelangelo was like the designer who was commissioned by Pope Julius II, the client, to paint a masterpiece. So, what can we learn from Michelangelo? A few things.

Argue with the client

Specifically, have a discussion with them about their requirements. This will go a long way to help them think through their brief as well as for you to wrap your head around the brief. Don’t be afraid to question assumptions and vague requirements, even if it leads to an actual argument, as long as you remain level headed and professional. I truly believe that a healthy argument is better than beating around the bush of assumptions.

Ignore feedback

Specifically, ignore feedback from people irrelevant to the project. At the end of the day, it’s up to the client or stakeholders to decide what they like, and they might not have the same taste as your boyfriend or graphic designer colleague.

The end

So that’s my take on how to graphic design. What are your thoughts on the points above? Feel free to agree or disagree and let me know in the responses below.

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