How to make amazing cash from graphic designs -Muktar
Umar Muktar is a graphic designer with eight years experience in the business. The 25-year-old Political Science graduate from the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State, said he had no knowledge of drawing or painting when he delved into the world of digital graphic designs.
Can you take us into your world of business?
I am a graphic designer. I was driven into what I am doing today due to childhood passion. Though as a child I never liked painting but I loved drawing. I started drawing well in my primary school and I built that up. But in 2005 when I entered the university, I moved into graphic design after learning the art for a year. I found out that I had passion for graphic more than any other thing and that was what made me to go into the business right from school. I graduated four years ago and have never applied for any job since then, this is what I do to earn a living.
Give us vivid picture of this business?
Graphic design is all about solving a problem. We deal with photo manipulation, company logo, complimentary cards, letter headed papers, bill board, souvenir and other customised materials for individuals and organisations, for various occasions like weddings, anniversaries and so on.
How lucrative is graphic design business?
Depending on how well you know it, because there are many of us. But for me it is very lucrative. I do not have any other job than this. There is no dull moment because of the high level of patronage. I get a lot of patronage and that is why I have been able to have a graphic school and a photographic studio. In the graphic school, I have four students presently and three have graduated. Some people just enter the photo studio to take picture and they will discover that I am into graphic and that is how I get some clients. We have many graphic designers but it is your work that will mark you out. If you are very creative, be sure that you will always get patronage.
What are your charge rates?
It depends on what you want to learn. Basically, it is within 50,000 to 150,000 but it all depends on your area of interest. There are areas like adobe photoshop and corel draw.
Do you have any formal training?
The only formal training I had was when I was learning from MOTA design for a year after which I started improving on what I learned through the internet. I remember learning through microsoft paint because the tools are there. I remember editing pictures through paints and that was so interesting. I went into surfing the net also to get video tutorial to get what I needed.
What is your advice to youth in this business?
Graphic business is real business any day, anytime. Let me start with companies and organizations, be it government or individual, none can progress without graphic designers. You know, a logo is what represents the company or organisation entirely. You need us to do a lot of things and that is why people, especially the young ones, should embrace this business instead of seeking for jobs that are not realistic. What people need is to be creative to soar in the business. It is a money spinner.
What is your average take home per month?
At least, I make N70, 000 and above. I could remember in February I got N150, 000 because a new company came up and the person needed logo design, banner, and bloggers.
Is it a seasonal business?
We get job everyday because people need your service every day.
The major challenge is high cost of internet connectivity. This is because most time you do not do things from your head but you will need some plugging, pictures, brushes, lots of applications. Another challenge is power supply that is not stable. But a fully charged laptop computer can do up to five designs for you if you are fast.
How do you think government can assist graphic designers?
The government should support professional graphic designers to teach those that are passionate and want to learn at a minimum cost. You can hardly see a designer that can take a minimum of N30, 000 but if they are supported financially by the government, teaching will be made easy. The training is only for six months. All that a person needs is creative ability. You will be taught the tools but you have to apply creativity by yourself. Aside architecture, graphic design should also be introduced as a course on its own for those that want to study it as a degree. buyers via an online shop.”
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