In the UK last year, 108,560 females and 61,175 males graduated from university with a degree in creative arts or design. With this number set to rise in 2017, one thing is certain – there will be a lot of designers trying to compete for a job within an incredibly competitive industry.

Let’s be realistic though, not everyone who graduates with a degree in design is going to fill that dream vacancy within a design or marketing agency. Fear not though, as one thing every designer needs to help them achieve this goal is inspiration.

Precision Printing will help you unlock your hidden design prowess, even when you’re running low on ideas and you’ve got the post-university blues. This is because their Masters of Design list is perfect for any student who wishes to be inspired by experts in the field. If anything, their journeys will spur you on to become the designer you never dreamed of being.

The following are some of the designers you should be following in 2017; we guarantee that you’ll learn a thing or two and become inspired along the way.

Ryan Mcelderry

Ryan, a design expert working for Mediaworks, means it when he says that ‘standing still can mean moving backwards in the design industry’. If you’re a current design student in university, or someone who has just graduated, then you need to make sure that your designs are relevant and geared towards the future, not the past. Take cues from popular culture, understand the world around you, and use current trends and fashions within your work to ensure that it is modern and not dated before you’ve even started in the industry.

A Dandypunk

As a designer who has worked for the likes of Cirque de Soleil and Walt Disney, A Dandypunk is the perfect idol for any student who really wants to leave their mark globally on the design industry. As a character ‘from a fictional universe of his own creation’, you too could become an enigmatic figure within the industry. Think about how your designs could feed into your personality, allowing this to motivate you to create designs that really show off your individuality. Try not to think about this too hard though, as these things come naturally; don’t force anything, but instead be yourself and let your designs do the talking.

Timba Smits

Timba has worked for The New York Times and The Guardian to name a few, and it takes time, skill and patience to achieve the success that he has. Working in the industry for over 15 years, Timba’s intellectual and creative prowess has meant that he’s earned his place as one of the most renowned in the industry. If you want to achieve this type of success, then any design student needs to understand that hard work does eventually pay off. Take the time to understand how you are different as a designer and think — what makes you stand out from the crowd? Identifying these two things will certainly help you get where you want to be in the future.

Mike Kus

If you’re looking to take inspiration from a designer who’s a Jack-of-all-trades in the industry, then look no further. Photography, illustration, website and graphic design are all under his belt, and his breadth of knowledge doesn’t appear to be diminishing any time soon. Like Mike, you need to be ready to learn new skills on a regular basis. Don’t rest on your laurels and expect the unexpected; sometimes the best designers are the ones who are prepared to take a risk. Always think about what your next move is going to be too; if you’re like Mike, then you’ll be a quick learner and succeed in any part of the industry you wish to explore.

Don’t let the success stories of these designers intimidate you, as the road to a successful career in design is arduous and often difficult. Remain motivated, stay positive and, if you ever hit a career wall, read back over these exciting profiles to become inspired once more.

 

Sources:

https://www.hesa.ac.uk/data-and-analysis/students/courses

 

Author bio:

Precision Printing provide the framed prints that not only demonstrate that you’re passionate about what you do, they also allow you to keep a personal archive of all your work to date. Alternatively, you can use them as part of a portfolio for any employer that you really want to impress.

 

(Featured image credit: Colourful ornamental abstract design by Freepik.com. Used under the Creative Commons License.)