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I always get so many questions like "How to learn Graphic Design" "I want to become a Graphic Design, where can I start?" and more. So, from now on instead of replaying to all those mails, I will just simply send them link to this post (Lazy me :D ).

How to learn Graphic Design


So, the first thing you need to know is that it takes a lot of hard work! Just like any other skill, it takes a lot of time and hard work to develop a eye for design processes.

Many people think learning any software like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw or something like that is the only thing to Graphic Designing. But trust me it is more than that, you can learn operating the software but the creative skill will still miss inside you. When you will get your first customer and he will ask you to design a new logo for him, you won't be able to think of anything creative and unique. You will end up copying someone else's design from the internet.

If you want to start I would recommend developing a good drawing/sketching skill inside you first. As Picasso has said -
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
If still you have doubt like "I am not an artist" or "I don't have drawing talent inside me" read that quote again. When you will start you won't be as good as some famous illustrator but practice will make you perfect. I am still not perfect as I don't practice that much as I should be :P

While you are developing your sketching skills I would advice you to visit your local library and picking up some books that can help you learning some more about Graphic Design. Here are list of some books that will help you develop some an eye as a graphic designer -
  • Thinking With Type - Typography is Bread and Butter of a Graphic Designer. This book will teach you everything about Typography, its history, origin of type families and all the stuff that you should know before you actually start doing it.

  • A Type Primer - This is another great book on Typography, this book is very easy to follow and it has got a really awesome book cover.

  • Graphic Design A Concise History - Before you start putting yourself into this graphic design world you might want to know a little about history of graphic design. This book is really great to start with, it has got really nice summary of everything and most of everything what you need to know.
Now, these things will be enough to start you with your graphic design career and if you don't have money or you are on tight budget and really don't want to spend money on buying Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw (because these tools are heck very expensive) you can start with a Free tool Gimp, you can download it for free.

Remember to develop a skill not just learn how to operate the software, no matter how good you start designing on computer never stop Sketching on Paper.


  1. These books are nice but going to university is better, i know it's boring and expensive for some people but if you want to become a real designer you need to have a good school and study hard. There is no other way, it's 90% of work and 10% of genius to do something good in this industry.

    When you look for a job 99% of the people who hire ask for a degree in design, if you don't have it you don't stand a chance. Some people think they can be as good as Picasso but that's one in a million maybe. Studying is the safe road.

    I used to think that i would not need to study to design, but i was wrong, so i studied. I had to stop working to study but it was really worth it.

    So a good advice is, go to a good school, if possible a school with good reputation that gives a valid diploma in your country. You won't regret it, and once you're in there just hang in there because it's tough to get out and there's a lot of work to do, it's easy to loose motivation, but it's worth it. Even if you are not very good, you can become good, it's just a matter of work and motivation.

    Finally, a book that really helped me while studying was : grid systems by joseph muller brockmann, i would consider this my bible, you should really get it.

  2. Thanks for you comment Jenny, but I never had chance to go to design school. My parents didn't allowed me that. All I teach my self with is Internet and I found these books really helpful and interesting.

    There are many people like me who never get a chance to go to Design school, thanks for your comment, will help a lot.