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There are few things in one’s career as exciting and full of promise as the first day on the first design job. Yet, if you don’t prepare for this wonderful opportunity, you may miss the chance to make the best possible first impression and set yourself up for success. One of my favourite bosses loved quoting Benjamin Franklin: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”!

So how can you be so well prepared for your first design job?

1. Research Thoroughly on The Company You are Joining

How well do you know the agency or company that you will be joining? Have you devoured every piece of information in the public domain that you can find on the company? What is the company’s history and track record? What are they really proud of? What’s the vision for their industry?

 

Have you tried reaching out to people who have worked there or are still working there to understand the culture? Check on glassdoor.com. Do you know what it will take to succeed at this company? All of this information will help you connect emotionally with your new colleagues and also fit in to the culture.


2. Clarity of Your Role

Were you so excited to accept the offer that you didn’t really pay much attention to the role? Will you be just another cog in the wheel or are they going to be assigning you lots of responsibilities? Who will you be reporting to? Is this person just a few years senior to you or is there a big gap in experience? What does the company expect you to do? How will your effectiveness and performance be measured?

 

How will you be rewarded? Having clarity on your role and what it will take to succeed at the company will ensure that your efforts and hard work are channeled in the right places. Even if you don’t have these questions answered before you join, try to get these answers on the first day or first week.


3. Refresh Your Skills

If you’ve done the homework on the company and role clarity, you will know exactly what hard and soft skills you may need to brush up on. Spend time before your first design job mastering the basic software tools you will be using. Practice both your written and oral communication skills.

 

Flex your creative muscle and warm it up by solving some online creative thinking exercises. Take a class on skillsshare.com or LinkedIn Learning. Watch some motivational speeches by Steve Jobs, Robin Sharma or Tony Robbins. Read up as much as you can on being a team player. It’s no long just about you. Your success will largely depend on how well you get along with others.


4. Reset your Mindset

The biggest gift you can give yourself before your first day on the job is to cultivate a growth mindset and a passionate can-do attitude. Attitude trumps everything else in the workplace – the right one can take you farther than you ever imagined possible.

 

Make sure you get eight hours of sleep every night, eat healthy, exercise regularly, meditate every day to clean your mind and wake up in the morning with a burning desire to get on with your day’s work. Some days will be fabulous, and others will make you way to cry and perhaps even quit.

 

It’s important to solider on despite the difficulties. I love these words by Carol Dweck: “Love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning”

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A key factor to be successful is clarity on the path forward. Panini Pandey, a New York based visual artist seems to have all that and more. He explains his process, his thoughts on design principles, and the importance of a rationale while designing.

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Panini’s journey of being a visual artist began at the end of his last academic year of school, when he decided to stick with design. Also his uncle, who was the first person from his family to enter the field of advertising, became the primary influence who got him interested in digital design.

 

Panini thoroughly enjoys problem solving and loves working on identity system designs besides UI/UX. He recently developed an interest in film-making and intends to pursue music video direction and artist branding, without completely giving up UI/UX.

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While talking about the key aspects for designing for a brand, Panini believes the design rationale is extremely important.

 

In order to give a visual identity to an idea, its vital to understand the brand thoroughly and balance the business aspects with the emotional aspects, so that the design not only communicates to the targeted demographic, but also does justice to the tone and voice of the brand.

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Before starting a project Panini likes to mind-map so he can come up with real ideas. He believes the first 10-15 ideas are on the surface and are possibly heavily influenced by something he has seen recently.

 

After he has sufficient key-words and material to start visual explorations. Although, at certain point, Panini likes to restrict himself with some rules to ensure he doesn’t get too confused. Design must be functional, not just beautiful. Panini likes his designs to have a proper breakdown with rationale for each visual element.

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To perfectly blend an image with type, Panini explains that the type must compliment the image visually and retain the tone in which the message needs to be communicated. Playing with positive and negative spaces of the image for type layouts, and taking inspiration from the shapes and forms (if there is a possibility) to choose the correct typeface, is a great approach.

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Colours need to be chosen carefully as well. Different colours trigger different emotions, so colour schemes have a direct impact on a narrative, the same way it works in movies – how cold and warm colours can completely change the way we look at movies. However, I like to keep accessibility in my mind too when I decide a colour schemes.

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For Panini solving problems visually is the most exciting part about design. And as a visual artist, creative block is a challenge he needs to face on and off. He gets overwhelmed if he is too inspired, thus from the beginning he restricts himself to certain rules about what direction he wishes to explore further after the initial explorations.

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Panini finds his everyday inspiration from Instagram and Muzli app on Google chrome. And believes reading case studies is the best way to stay on top of trends, as well as gain a better understanding of the rationale behind other’s design in order to push unique ideas forward. Some trends saturate quickly because people follow them blindly and create aesthetically pleasing but non functional design.

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