LECTURE #1: Professionalism
- Skills & Expertise: As an educated graphic designer, you are a working professional with skills people need that are not to be taken advantage of or belittled. Taking yourself seriously and recognising your skills and opinions are valid will allow others to take you seriously and earn you the respect you are deserved.
- Providing a Service: A big part of your professional persona involves the relationship with a client, associate or otherwise people who require your service. This involves forging a bond based on ethical and legal rights.*
- Public recognises authority of professionals: You have a voice that carries weight and a professional opinion. This can mean any unprofessional practise and unacceptable behaviour will affect your professional reputation and perhaps the reputation of those associated with you. Alternatively it gives your voice more credibility and good professional practise can aid in upping your reputation further.
- Independent of the Influence of State or Commerce: Being an independent practitioner // Influence of state // Working to a brief, monetary downtrend. // Expressions of interest – .
- Educated, not trained: Graphic designers and creatives are approaching a professional setting with different skill sets to those trained to do a job. Professionalism involves taking this into account and approaching
- Take responsibility: Credibility through
Professionalism in Practise:
There are a number of organisations that can aid in credibility and esteem such as:
- SIAD (https://www.siadltd.com)
- D&AD (https://www.dandad.org)
- ISTD (www.istd.org.uk)
- CSD (www.csdesign.uk.com)
- Typographic Circle (https://www.typocircle.com)
Essentially these collective bodies of professional designers aim to regulate quality and maintain respect and integrity of design as a professional practise. Much like the “Bar” for professional lawyers designates who can be trusted to practise law. These regulations help build trust in individuals and companies and these collectives aim to help establish and maintain design as a modern professional career. However it can be argued that many of these organisations can be bought into, thus weakening the professional practise’s credibility and exclusivity, whilst others maintain some sense of regulation through approval of work.