So you’ve decided that graphic design and/or illustration are definitely for you and you want to start getting some freelance work to build up your portfolio. The problem is that when your starting out your stuck in a bit of a catch 22 or a dead end because you need experience to get paid work, but you don’t have any experience because you haven’t done any client work! It’s a problem that many young or aspiring designers face when they are trying to make it in the design world with the desire to get some paid client work. I myself have made the journey from young in-experienced passionate designer to employer and now the director of my own design agency so I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum.
Basically to land an interview and to get an agency or potential client to take you seriously, you need a strong portfolio, one that offers either a diverse range of work (if you are looking to design for multiple industries) Or a portfolio that shows you have a niche or a specialist style of design or illustration. Obviously you need to practice a lot and master the software you are going to use as well and there are plenty of design courses available and teach yourself videos on youtube etc to help with this to ensure your at the top of your game when it comes to technical skills.
So we know the challenges young or aspiring designers face and we know now what they need to achieve in order to land that first paid freelance job or employment at a creative agency, but where do the ideas come from and how do we inspire ourselves to create portfolio pieces without any clients asking us for work? The answer is to work on mock briefs, or practice design briefs as much as you can in down time or as a key part of bulking your portfolio out. www.briefbox.me is a website My team and I setup to help young designers get their creative juices flowing. The briefs on the website simulate some of projects we see come through our agency and so for aspiring designers, its the closest thing to an on-the-job style of learning for designers.
We hope you guys find Briefbox useful!! Let us know some of the challenges you guys have faced when it comes to getting design work.