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Graphic Designer in 2023

How to Become A Successful Graphic Designer in 2023

Graphic Designer in 2023

The field of graphic design has rapidly grown and evolved in recent years, presenting both opportunities and challenges for aspiring designers. While new technologies such as software updates, AI generated content and social platforms are creating exciting possibilities, the competition is also becoming fiercer, making it harder to stand out and succeed. 

That’s why I've put together this blog post to share useful tips and insights on what I would do to become a successful graphic designer in 2023.

Staying Up-to-Date

Graphic Designer in 2023

Staying current is key for graphic designers to keep their skills sharp. It's not enough to just read books or attend seminars. Constantly exploring new platforms, tools, and resources is crucial to staying ahead of the curve. YouTube channels are a fantastic source of inspiration and knowledge, so be sure to check them out!

To delve even deeper into the world of graphic design, I suggest subscribing to Will Patterson, Tom Satori, Chris Spooner, Jeroen van Eerden, Doron Yablonka, and Elliot Ulm on YouTube. Trust me, their expertise and passion for the craft will inspire and elevate your skills.

On Instagram I recomment these graphic designers and studios: George Bokhua, Steffen Wagner, Type01, Ronald Lubega, Jerry-Lee Bosmans, James Barnard... and Reztokia!

These creatives share their knowledge through quick tutorials on their Reels, informative posts in carousel forms, and captivating captions that you can't miss. Not only are they a source of inspiration, but they also provide invaluable tips for improving your craft. 

To make the most of these resources, you should set aside time each week to learn and practice new skills. Take advantage of these resources by dedicating time each week to learn and practice new skills. 

I personally follow a lot more but I think will make a post totally dedicated to them.

Essential Skills

Beyond mastering the latest technological tools, thriving as a graphic designer also depends on essential soft skills. Communication skills, marketing know-how, and presentation skills are crucial to differentiate yourself from the competition and engage clients effectively. 

Public speaking courses, marketing classes and joining networking groups are some practical steps you can take to develop these essential skills. As you improve these skills, you'll enhance your credibility, increase your rate, and earn more jobs.

I personally struggle in marketing and hate that feeling to be "forced" to present myself and try to pitch my project or my idea. But it's a daily "fight" against myself :)

Gone are the days when design work spoke for itself; you need to be able to explain the rationale behind your decisions and communicate effectively with clients and collaborators. It's a vital aspect of our profession that cannot be ignored. This may seem daunting, but don't let it overtake your creativity. 

Niche Down 

Graphic Designer 2023

With so many people entering the field, it's more important than ever to niche down and develop specialized skills. Additionally, social media content creation has become an increasingly important aspect of marketing, so it's essential to learn how to effectively present your work. By putting in the effort to research potential employers and tailor your portfolio to their needs, you can give yourself an edge in a competitive job market. Don't worry if you're mostly an illustrator - there are plenty of opportunities out there for those with your skills, as long as you're willing to put yourself out there and explore new avenues.

As a graphic designer, the abundance of opportunities available can easily lead to being overwhelmed and taking on too much. To succeed as a designer, it is important to avoid this trap by carving out a specific niche

This requires first identifying what you are passionate about and then studying the market to see where the gaps are. Seeking expert advice can also help you identify your niche and develop a strategy for success. By focusing on a particular area, you can gain specialist knowledge and build a powerful brand that attracts loyal clients. Moreover, honing your skills in a specific area can lead to increased profitability. 

With the rise of social media content creation, finding a niche in this area can provide an edge in the highly competitive market.

What James Martin @madebyjames says about niching:

While I was finishing this blog post, a newsletter issue from James Martin's arrived in my mailbox. It's totally dedicated to James' experience about finding your niche as a graphic designer. Perfect Timing! Here's what I learned from his lesson:

As a graphic designer, I can confidently say that niching has been a game-changer for me. In the past, my business and work were scattered across various creative fields, leading to a lack of focus and direction. However, once I decided to niche in logos and brand identity, everything changed. I not only found a renewed sense of purpose, but also a clear direction on how to go about growing my business.  

In fact, niching has enabled me to build trust with clients more quickly and effectively, allowing me to create a solid reputation in the industry. However, in my experience, I have found that niching naturally occurs over time.  Successfully niching in a particular design subfield can feel incredibly rewarding and can lead to a more focused and specialized career. It requires perseverance and patience, and not everyone may find success in it. 

It interested, please subscribe to his super-interesting newsletter.

Tailoring Your Portfolio (not a Niche)

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As a graphic designer, one of the challenges you might face is deciding which skills to focus on. While some suggest specializing in one area, it can be more beneficial to have a diverse skill set, especially if you're freelancing. The ability to take on different types of projects and offer various services can make you stand out among competitors. 

Moreover, it's not just design skills that can make you successful in this field. Marketing, communication, sales, and even social media skills can help you better understand your clients' needs and elevate your brand's appeal. Ultimately, having a different range of skills can make you a valuable asset in the industry, allowing you to take on versatile and exciting projects.

As a graphic designer, you know that content is king – and that's where YouTube channels like The Futur by Chris Do come in. Chris is a seasoned expert in the industry, providing valuable insights and tips on design, branding, and entrepreneurship. But in today's digital world, it's not enough to simply create pretty pictures or catchy captions – you must have a strategy in place. The Futur offers practical advice on building your brand, defining your niche, and creating content that resonates with your audience.

In my opinion, your social profile is not your portfolio, but it could be. Curate every single content you post and find the right audience. One more tip: don't underestimate Behance!


Becoming an outstanding and successful graphic designer involves continuous learning, niche specialization, and essential skills development. Remember to stay up to date, develop critical soft skills, and choose your niche area to flourish in your career. 

More importantly, ensure that your portfolio represents your expertise and is relevant to your target clients. Now is the time to take action and make the most of the tips and advice shared in this blog post. Keep learning and keep creating, and you'll undoubtedly become the successful graphic designer you aspire to be. Good luck!

About the author

Andrea Riezzo

I'm Andrea Riezzo, and I want to share my passion for creativity, inspiration, and design with you. As a creative, I've always been fascinated by the power of graphic and web design, social media, and photography to tell engaging stories and capture the imagination.

With 15+ years of experience in the industry, I've developed a deep understanding of what it takes to create designs that grab attention and leave a lasting impression. My expertise as a freelance graphic - web designer has enabled me to work on some truly incredible projects, and I've had the pleasure of collaborating with some amazing clients over the years.

So let's dive in and create something truly amazing - because when it comes to creativity, the possibilities are endless.

You can find me on LinkedIn, Instagram, Behance or Threads