Have you ever been sitting, watching TV and a show or ad comes on and you say, “I had that idea a long time ago!” and then feel like you’re a failure? Some people say there are no new ideas, that everything has been done and some say they have no luck with their ideas.
The Beatles certainly went through years of rejection from music executives that said guitar music was on the way out, etc., etc. blah, blah, blah. Who was right? What did The Who go through?
29 publishers turned down JK Rowling, also known as the richest woman in England thanks to her uber-successful Harry Potter series, before someone saw the charm and possibilities of the idea. One can only hope there are 29 editors still looking for work.
People are probably the most widely photographed subjects. However, people photography needs special treatment in terms of composition, lighting, depth of field and most importantly a “natural look”. It is a misconception that shooting people/portraits needs elaborate studio equipment. Contrary to the popular belief, people can be photographed successfully in natural light.
A traditional portrait is of a person sitting looking straight at the camera – in my opinion, far too boring. I like to get them to use hand gestures or else add a few props around them.
Due to the huge opportunities, sometimes, the online medium is more competitive than the “material reality” and, here, existing is equivalent to being professional. Freelance web designers but also specialized companies noticed this fact very quickly, doing their best to have an interesting and eye-catching online presence at the same time.
Nowadays, portfolios, the best proofs that reveal the skills and the potential of someone, are very important and these may make the difference between a successful web services provider and a non-profitable one. A part of the overall success is actually represented by the attention paid to all the details; nothing should be neglected because all the clients are just a click distance away from another competitor.
Nowadays Graphic Designers work globally in many different Countries. The designer should visually communicate symbols and colors. These elements are part of our social everyday life and come together with a various range of meanings which are different for each culture.This makes obvious how much the study of the cross-cultural communication is important for properly deliver the desired message.
Designers sometimes tend to propose solutions which reflect their own tastes and social habits. Aesthetic canons are strictly related to the environment and background information about the target should be well studied. In a cross-cultural communication the use of symbols which are culturally accepted is field which must be taken in consideration during preliminary studies and benchmarking.
When I started my career, oddly enough as an illustrator, I asked a famous artists why there were so many nasty peers in the business and why professionals of his level were so friendly and helpful. He smiled and said, “there’s all the room at the top and precious little room at the bottom!”
It’s very true. Those just starting out are jockeying for position, work and notoriety and the competition can get nasty… in every industry and profession. While the competition rages, chances are you will fall into a small clique of friends who struggle together without overt jealousy and backstabbing. You all grow your careers and some may fall behind others but you still view the rest as compatriots and take them along with you, raising some with you or being raised by them. It is that small group that empowers you and helps you gauge the industry, discuss the pitfalls and share tips and tricks that will strengthen you.