Perils of a Graphic Design Job

In droves, Graphic Designers are putting down their papers and here is why. . .


Graphic design encompasses a wide range of work and offers a host of lucrative benefits to hiring the best talents. A decent flow of money comes from animation, brand and logo design, website and digital design, UI / UX design, web development and app design. Irrespective of the expanding opportunities and plethora of perks, why professionals are quitting for freelance and entrepreneurship opportunities?

Too Many Cooks have Spoiled the Broth

A successfully completed graphic design project is not merely about mastering software but satiating clients’ (and often obscure) preferences for aesthetics and methods to enhance the visual experience. The high subjectivity involved as far as aesthetics are concerned leaves professionals with frayed nerves.

The quintessential elements of graphic design—texture, contours, colours, space, image and typography, often fail to please clients. Professionals are doing and redoing almost in a loop, and, in many cases, the severe micromanagement strategies drastically compromise with professionals’ creativity.

Dwindling Job Satisfaction with Reduced Liberty to Experiment 

 Since the space to inculcate creativity has reduced, professionals have become weary of reduced job satisfaction. As a Graphic Designer, many are forcefully made to comply with clients’ specific demands irrespective of their irrationality. The iconic feeling of being a bot and working as a designer has left many disgruntled.

In most cases, the initial dissatisfactions and complaints only proliferate to meddle with one’s morale and inspiration to work. The added anxiety and stress also adversely spread across the other departments.

Scope Creep Takes a Daunting Turn 

Scope creep results in increased complexities, deviation of resources, poorly defined project requirements and unclear project management practices that legitimately frustrate professionals already reeling under work pressure.

Many projects involve quite a fluid definition of work responsibilities. Designers are not compensated enough in monetary value in spite of doing the quadruple amount of work.

Professionals are Overworked and Micromanaged

Project heads could be pretty menacing in criticising the output that the graphic designing team is putting across. The review could include a thorough analysis of typos, missing details, copyright infringements and unsatisfactory performance no matter how vague and abstract the criticisms are. Many professionals complain about the constant nitpicking that tampers with concentration, creative spree and post-production phase. Management could be apathetic in dissing talented professionals when they offer expert advice or suggestions which further contributes to high turnover.

Being part of a thriving and larger organisation as a Graphic Designer has its specific downfall since the professionals are inundated with many deliverables.

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