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Graphic Designer’s Road Map [Infographic]

by Smartpress | February 24, 2011

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From interviews with industry-leading graphic designers, we created the following infographic. The “Graphic Designer’s Road Map” features information to help you grow as a graphic design expert.

The information in the “Graphic Designer’s Road Map” is helpful for anyone in the field, but especially helpful for designers just starting out.

Feel free to share this with your friends, co-workers, and fellow designers. To view the infographic in its original size, click on the image below.

Graphic Designer's Road Map [Infographic]

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The following links will direct you to the interviews used to create the infographic

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5 Responses

  1. Łukasz says:

    if 1% of people say you don’t need to know how to draw to design, then you’re definitely asking the wrong people. A fundamental understanding of lighting, composition, and all that good stuff will separate the designer from the good designer.

    I know that sounds like an elitist comment, but it’s just candid and real. Look at some of your favorite designers, and look at their process. I bet 90% of them draw, doodle, or sketch things in a notebook first.

  2. Donny Gamble says:


    You bring up a great point of 1% of people don’t need to learn how to draw, but learning how to draw is a skill set that one needs to develop to become a more complete graphic designer.

    To be a graphic designer that truly wants to separate themselves from the competition and stand out as an elite in the industry, it is important to learn and master the skill of drawing, design, lighting, and composition.

    This infographic is compiled from the experiences of elite graphic designers in the online community.

  3. Kevin says:

    I agree you don’t “need” to know how to draw, but to Lukasz’s point it does help understanding the fundamentals of drawing that helps with design. Keyboard shortcuts however are my vice – never been able to get the hang of it because I’m left-handed. I use a Wacom tablet and keyboard shortcuts aren’t conducive to the right hand 🙂

    I would love to have this infographic as a poster in my studio. Is it available for order?

  4. Christina says:

    The only designers worth talking to are all male? Pshaw.

  5. Am I missing the part where you include advice from female graphic designers? Bummer.

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