As most people will tell you, having a degree is only half the battle when it comes to securing design work these days. It’s not quite enough to help you stand on its own. If you want to get ahead of everyone else (which, considering that you’re reading this blog, we’ll assume you do) then you have to get some work experience under your belt.
Easier said than done though, right? Finding design work experience these days can feel kind of hopeless – unless you’re willing to spend the summer in an unpaid internship. And even those can be difficult to stumble across; it’s a catch-22 as old as time: in order to gain work experience, you have to have work experience already.
…But fear not! Despite the semi-apocalyptic tone of this article so far, it’s not completely hopeless. If there’s one thing we specialise in at Do More Design, it’s securing designers experience. We’ve represented all sorts of businesses looking for logos, from football clubs to candle shops, and our competitions are incredibly easy to enter. If you’re a student or recent graduate looking for some experience, here are a few of the reasons you should give us a go.
Bulk Up Your Portfolio
We offer designers the chance to work for businesses, big and small, based in a variety of different industries. While you might not be successful each time you respond to a brief, you’re guaranteed to walk away with a new piece of design work for your portfolio… Not bad, right?
If you’re anything like us, sometimes you just need a little push to get yourself working. It can be hard to drum up the energy to produce some design work for your portfolio when there’s no deadline or incentive. If you take a run at a few design briefs a month, you’ll end up with plenty of work to show off. And, as we said before, we get a wide range of companies coming through Do More Design based in a number of different industries, so it can also be a great way to add some variety to your portfolio. How many other people do you think have a logo design for an online dog clothing store in theirs?
It’s been well-noted that restrictions can help prompt creativity. While it might sound much better on paper to have total freedom when working on a project, in reality, you’re likely to come up with something a lot less creative. Limitations force us to think outside of the box and solve problems in unique ways.
As mentioned in our last point, there is a wide range of businesses featured on Do More Design, allowing you to place unique restrictions on yourself. Not only do the briefs make you work to a deadline, but they also force you to produce designs for industries you might not have considered before. If you’re suffering from a bit of designer’s block at the moment, it can be a fantastic way to get yourself thinking about things in new ways.
We’ve mentioned it before in previous blog posts but we’ll mention it again: it’s a designer eat designer world out there. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you have to put in the time and make sure what you’re producing is as good and as original as it can possibly be.
And there’s no better way to motivate yourself to make your best work than with a healthy bit of competition. Knowing that dozens of different designers are working on the same brief as you is sure to help you keep your head in the game; if you want your logo to be chosen, you need to make sure it’s the very best it can be. It’s a great way to prepare yourself for the graphic design world beyond university, where you’ll similarly be competing with other designers.
Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in your own bubble a little bit, especially when you’re working on one piece of design work for a while… Taking on Do More Design briefs on a regular basis can be a great way to keep yourself in the loop in a number of ways.
Firstly, it’s a fantastic way to put yourself in touch with businesses – especially if your design work is regularly being chosen. If you design a winning logo, then there’s always a chance that you might be asked to do some more work for the same business further down the line… And secondly, even when your work isn’t chosen, you get to check out the work produced by the other designers that entered. It can be a great learning experience, allowing you to figure out what held your own design back. Your work doesn’t exist in a vacuum and being aware of the competition can be a great way to help yourself improve as a designer.
Cold Hard Cash
Our final incentive for using our services is a straightforward one… When submitting to design briefs, you can win a cool £100 if your work is chosen! We don’t think we need to elaborate on this point any more than that. Who doesn’t love money?
So get out there and secure yourself some all-too-valuable design work experience. It’s incredibly easy to get started, all you need to do is sign up and take a look at the current design briefs featured on our website. If you have any questions, you can always hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Now get out there and Do More!