I get asked the question about what freelance graphic designers do fairly regularly. Even my own mum complains that I don’t have a real job like being a lawyer or a doctor, and even when I patiently explain that being a freelance graphic designer or a graphic designer is a real job she will humorously say: “Well you could have had a real job like being a doctor like your father or you could have been a lawyer like your cousin!”. Burn. My mum is definitely a character who enjoys “torturing” me, although it is in good sport. Still, despite what my mum thinks and what some random people I come across sometimes think, freelance graphic designer is a real profession and it is a profession I enjoy greatly.

Being a graphic designer means you create imagery, text or moving graphics that can be used for many things. Media, advertising and printed things are typically the kind of things that us graphic designers handle. I am well versed with using graphic design software like Corel Draw Graphics Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as with Adobe Photoshop. I work with a lot of clients and do multiple jobs sometimes at the same time, so it is necessary for me to be well-organized and efficient at getting work done on time. Problem-solving and art skills are also required with working with graphic design. You have to realize what speaks well to people and what doesn’t really strike a cord with people who look at the graphics your design. Artistic skill is important because you need to know how to create visually appealing and balanced designs that draw in the eyes so people check out what the design is saying or what it looks like.