Challenges and Problems Faced by Fresh Designers on their Way to Success!

On February 1, 2011, in Tips for fresh designers, by Sofia Zoey
(this article i have found through the Linkedin group was very interesting indeed..this is quite useful too..enjoy)


As the opportunities arise for some of us, others have to create them. Sometimes we have to make choices due the pressure of our circumstances. Some graphic designers work their entire lives without any recognition for their effort and innovations. Others gain fame without even graduating from college. All graphic designers are motivated by other graphic designers who have established themselves in the graphic designing arena. Those designers who do not have opportunities but have to create opportunities face difficulty initially in their careers. Some might require guidance. We thought it would a good idea to create a post that allows fresh designers to discuss the troubles they faced and give advice to aspiring designers.

We will discuss the controversial side of freelancing and crowdsourcing which many designers make the mistake of starting their careers with.

Crowdsourcing is Starving the Established Design Industry:

Benefits of crowdsourcing from the client’s point of view have become quite popular but we would like to discuss the impact on designers. You will find many differing information regarding outsourcing. Only if one entirely understands this information they will be able to understand the underlying concept.

Think about crowdsourcing from a new point of view; fresh designers do not know the positive or negative affects crowdsourcing would have on them No doubt, crowdsourcing is a good option for small businesses that want to make the most of a comparatively huge pool of creative talent at a relatively low-cost, but here we are discussing some most vital disadvantages of crowdsourcing for a fresh designer.

The Disadvantages of Crowd Sourcing for Designers:

No Copyrights: This is a major problem of participating in a crowdsourcing projects. Your design concepts are free to be used by anyone. Even though a website might copyright the material they display online they still cannot prevent your concepts from being stolen.

No Remuneration: Designers from around the world submit entries and only the winner gets rewarded. This is probably a less than 1% chance for a fresh designer to win.

Poor Visibility Ratio: Some Crowd Sourcing website might claim that your designs will be presented to potential clients the world over. But you will be competing with millions of designers some with years of experience and some who are more skilled. This might not allow your design to be prominently displayed.

Getting your Concepts Copied: Theft of design concepts is quite common on crowdsourcing sites because all designs are available to everyone. Anyone can easily copy your concepts and apply them to their own designs.

Tricky Clauses: Crowdsourcing websites have so many clauses and sub-clauses, all of which are intended to protect the websites any which way. None of these clauses provide any rights or protect the graphic designers. Many clauses are intended to take rights away from the designers that have submitted their designs.

No Proper Guidelines: Due to the fact that you will be working on your own without any experience or guidance. An in-house job will provide proper training that will be helping you in becoming an experienced and professional designer.

What Does Freelancing Offer Fresh Designers?

There are many advantages and disadvantages of freelance designing. Many designers start out with freelance work which requires motivation, determination and the competence to work from your home.

Yes freelance has its benefits but we suggest you take a look at the following list for a reality check:

No Financial Security: Freelancing is not a stable source of income. Some months you might have more work then you can manage in other months you will rely on your waiter job counting tips.

Multitasking: In freelancing, designers have to do everything by themselves. Designers will have to find and convince clients. Designers will have to create opportunities for themselves.

An Unprofessional Environment: Working at home provides distractions and interferes with ones work routine. You have to worry about power outages; there is family pressure to help them with daily chores, etc…

Loneliness: Working from home can have negative effects as thinking too much. Maybe you could be distracted by in house family concerns or problems. If you work with a team you will be able to concentrate on your work and get advice from your colleagues. This will also help you have a change of scenery rather sitting home all day with no one to talk or freshen up your mind with.

Self-Motivated & Organized: In freelancing, you are your own boss you have to be motivated and organized to complete your assigned task in the given deadline.

Tiresome: Freelancing can be tiresome especially when you really need a break and you do not have enough time to take a break. There is no resting when you have a freelance project.

In a Nutshell:

We hope that this post will help the fresh designers gain more knowledge in following the path of freelancing and crowdsourcing. Freelancing and crowdsourcing have some pros and cons I hope that we’ve explained them in a way that your provisions of opinions and advice would be helpful to the fresh designers in deciding which way path they should take.

Provide us with comments in the section below: Which path you think is best for fresh designers.


Current inspiration so far..yet i still need to add more these are the most influential architects at the moment check out: 

The 10 Most Creative People in Architecture

BY CLIFF KUANGTue Jun 9, 2009

Which architects have the most unusual, influential visions for the field?

1. Will Alsop, ALSOP Architects
Few architects have been so dedicated to such an unusual design aesthetic as maximalist Will Alsop. And fewer still have been as successful at building their designs. His nearly completed “Chips” building was inspired by piled french fries; his extension for the Ontario College of Art and Design is one of the strangest, most exciting buildings in recent memory:

Ontario College of Art and Design

2. Yansong Ma, MAD architects
Chinese architecture has often lived in the shadow of the west–copying its ideas, importing its talent. MAD is changing that, and representing the avant-garde of a new generation of homegrown Chinese talent. Here’s their design for the China’s Erdos Museum, which is currently nearing completion:

Erdos Museum

3. Minsuk Cho and Kisu Park, MASS Studies
MASS Studies is South Korea’s own locally produced, internationally recognized success story. Working at a variety of scales–from city plans to galleries and boutiques–they’ve distinguished themselves with a refinement that’s rare in go-go Asian architecture. Here’s their design for the Korean Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, which integrates the Korean alphabet into its structure:

Korean Pavilion of the 2010 Shanghai Expo

4. Rem Koolhaas, OMA
You can’t talk about contemporary avant-garde architecture without mentioning Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture, which introduced a rigor–and weirdness–to design; they’ve always been at the forefront of pondering what design can be, and how it fits in modern society. The firm’s crowning glory is, of course, the CCTV tower in Beijing, set to open soon (current construction photo here):

CCTV tower

5. Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries, MVRDV
MVRDV–whose name is an acronym for the founding members–made its name with wacky ideas, like a high-rise pig farm. But they’ve since matured into an astonishingly elegant style. Here’s their “Book Mountain” project, which just broke ground. The entire building turns the books into a structural, symbolic element:

Book Mountain

6. Shigeru Ban, Shigeru Ban Architects
Ban is a genius with unconventional materials. For many year’s, he’s created architecture using paper; he made his name with a house whose facade was simply a massive, billowing curtain. Here’s his design for the Centre Pompidou Metz, which is inspired by the shape of a Chinese farmer’s hat:

Centre Pompidou Metz

7. Jacques Herzog and Pierre De Mueron, Herzog & De Meuron
The duo made their names introducing surface decoration into modern architecture–which used to be taboo, thanks to stern modernists like Mies van der Rohe. They made international headlines with their “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium. But they’ve always been hard to pin down. Here’s their design for the CaixaForum arts center in Madrid, which was built upon the walls of an old power station:


8. Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects
Thom Mayne made his name with aggressive, hyper-angular buildings. But his designs show more range than that. Here’s his sinuous design for the Phare Tower, set to rise above Paris’s La Defense business district, with groundbreaking to begin in 2010:

Phare Tower

9. Zaha Hadid, Zaha Hadid Architects
Oh, Zaha. You design hideous, insanely expensive furniture, but still, we can’t quit you because no one has been as successful making such an unabashedly futuristic vision of architecture into reality. Here’s her just-unveiled design for a business district in Cairo:

Cairo business district

10. Norman Foster, Foster + Partners
And who could forget Lord Foster, the man who parlayed high-tech architecture into a design firm with dozens of projects, with budgets ranging into the billions, all across the world. The firm has never had anything less than a masterful stroke with building logic and cutting-edge technical innovations. Here’s their design for Terminal 3 of the Beijing International Airport, completed last year, which is easily the biggest, most technically advanced building in the world:


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