There are few careers that you need to constantly update your CV, regardless of whether you’re employed or not. In an average week, I log into LinkedIn at least a couple of times a day. I post a picture to my design Instagram once a day, like a few twitter posts from national and International Graphic Designers and Artist, like numerous Instagram posts, update my website with new work, and maybe even post a blog; if I find the time. I read several design blogs that help me keep up with current work and trends. Read one, maybe two magazines a week. All the while thinking about updating my Behance. This is tame compared to others. Sometimes I revel in this community of creatives that I’ve stumbled into, occasionally it’s arduous. It’s a requirement – and although I find it all interesting – when it becomes a requirement, it sometimes feels a little too much like work.
All being said, self-promotion as a graphic designer is imperative. 3 years ago I met Craig Black, a talented designer, and a pretty decent guy. For every achievement Craig has – and there are many – he has worked agonisingly hard for. Craig was being shortlisted for awards while he was still at college. During one of our first meetings we discussed the importance of self-promotion, as well as keeping our online professional lives and personal lives separate. His advice on the subject was to keep Facebook for yourself everything else is work. When we last spoke I congratulated him on being featured in business HQ magazine, he replied: “the key is to keep shouting until someone takes notice”. As a Designer getting noticed is crucial to the future of your career, will you get hired if you don’t promote yourself? Maybe. But the odds will be lower. No one likes low odds. In a saturated industry, the only way to get noticed is to at least wave your arms a little. So on that note, here is a list of some of my favourite Graphic Designers on Instagram.
These guys are so good I want to squeal with joy when I see their work.
Right out of Glasgow, this is a great place to see varied styles and ideas.
Does what it says. I’m a massive fan of Scandinavian design.
Great exploration of type, always trying new things and styles. Representing Glasgow across the globe.
Hand lettering and digital artist, it’s great to see such beautiful work coming from the UK.
Widely known for his ‘Work hard & be nice to people’ poster. Minimal and clean, a nice contrast to the hand letterers.
Jessica doesn’t actually post that often but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention her work is unreal, the letterpress work, in particular, is a thing of beauty.
This guy never fails to stop me in my scrolls.
These are a great way to get a good stream of varied work. And as an added bonus if you use their hashtag in your relevant work, you have a chance of getting work featured.
A bit of everything
Get out there and soak up this creative world we live in.