10 things you wish you'd been told about the design industry

When most people first get a design job, they're full of excitement, anticipation and optimism. After a few year's work, a lot of that initial naive enthusiasm is gone – and a lot of this is down to the harsh realities of the real world. While you might become a designer because you're a good draftsman, or you want to improve the world of visual communication, the truth is that it's not all drawing pretty pictures or coding amazing examples of HTML5.

With all this in mind, we've rounded up our top 10 things we wished we'd known about working in the design industry right from the beginning. If you know anyone who's just starting out in design, then you'll want to point them towards this article. Well, as long as you're prepared to watch the optimism drain from their face and all their dreams suddenly die, that is...

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Sam Hampton-Smith

Sam is a designer and illustrator based in Scotland, UK. He splits his time between art and design, motion and video and writing for various creative titles. He has written a book about web design, Pro CSS3 Layout Techniques and contributed to typography book, Fonts and Typefaces Made Easy.