6 What makes a successful Graphic Designer - Natural Talent or Design Degrees??

Last weekend my niece was too insistent, asking me to accompany her to an exhibition at her Design School. She believed that I will be taken aback by the remarkable design projects of fresh grads and trust me I did not regret my approval. However, looking at the creative artpieces of those young chaps made a question tick in my mind, which we all don’t think of answering seriously.
Why was it that all the students from the same college, same badge with the same graphic design lessons did not come up with equally remarkable work? Today I want you all to help me clear this confusion… when so many people are going through the same educational process but why only few succeed to come up with extraordinary creations?
In my opinion it’s the gifted spark which is possessed by few people. I’ve heard the argument so many times that art can be learned, but I think people with the natural right artistic sense can only succeed. The vast information available on net has made it easy for people (without any sense of design and aesthetics) to claim themselves as graphic designers. A non artistic person can be taught about designing but I don’t honestly think they can truly create a good design.
I strongly believe that design lessons and degrees can "one" one’s skills to a certain level of perfection but if someone lacks the imaginative talent, he can’t be a successful designer. There are so many people who have successfully obtained their designer degrees from top universities who can become “good” designers, but will never be “great”. If there’s not at least some of that innate thing we call “talent” though, there is no way to get it.
However, many people strongly believe that an individual can be whatever he wants to be, no matter if he is not bestowed with any god-given talent, just practice and determination can fill in the space.
How many of you agree that hard work, determination and motivation are such crucial requirements to achieve success, which talent cannot do? Well, my vote goes for “Talent”…let’s see how you guys have valid points to prove your opinion.

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Sharon Antoinette said...

Natural born talents with a passion for designing and creating, but guided with education in maths and psychology will enhance the budding Graphical Artist to explore his/her creative advenures.

ELo Designer said...

I totally agree with you sharon. I think school can guide you but it won't make you. I have seen fantastic artists that have never been to school

ABCDGreg said...

More important than talent is passion. You can have all the talent in the world but if you do not have the passion to pursue something with every ounce of your being, you'll never be exceptional. As a design instructor, and "the worst artist in 4th grade history", I have seen people with extraordinary talent, but little passion, never achieve much more than mediocrity. On the other hand, I have seen students who may be less than talented, discover a spark, put in extraordinary effort and become very successful. It is the desire to be great and the discipline to do whatever it takes to become great, that makes the great designer.

Robert said...

To be a successful graphic designer you need to go to top art and design School that is accredited and well-known within the industry. Also you need passion and creativity...Very nice post..

Think Smart Designs said...

School doesn't always count Robert. I think natural talent will help a lot

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