How to get a dream graphic design job

Image of Tom Briggs with camera, shooting bike race
The MTN-Qhubeka team and bike at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in front of The Night Watch by Rembrandt. Photo by Gruber Images.

Tom Briggs has a dream job. The OCAD University Graphic Design grad is a senior designer for Cervélo, a Toronto-based bicycle manufacturer. This year, he designed the new paint job for team MTN-Qhubeka, the first African team in the Tour de France. On top of that, he spent this past July travelling on the Tour shooting promotional videos.

Unbelievable, it's honestly a dream come true,” says Tom. “I was able to design one bike for last year’s Tour that was ridden by Sebastian Langeveld (the Dutch national champion at the time), but to do a whole team's fleet of bikes is something entirely different. Also, with MTN Qhubeka being the first African team to ever participate in the Tour's 102-year history, I feel like it's an honour to be involved in something so historic.”

Tom’s top three tips to landing your dream graphic design job

1. Content is invaluable. If you're passionate about the content you're creating you'll produce the best work of your life. Pushing pixels in Illustrator or Photoshop will hold your interest for a while, but the content really is what wins out at the end of the day so try and put yourself in the best position you can to work on something you love.

2. The people around you will influence your path as much as you will. Surround yourself with people you admire and who produce work you engage with. These connections will go a long way in helping you find what you want to do.

3. Work hard. I know everyone says this but, at the end of the day, it's up to you to make the choice to work until midnight or watch TV. Believe me, I spend my fair share of time being lazy just like everyone else. But, if there is a project that is important to you make sure you take full advantage of those opportunities, and don't stop until you are completely happy with the results.


Professional Practice for Emerging Artists

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join Career Development in conversation with visiting artist Kate McQuillen to discuss the nature of a successful professional art practice, with an emphasis on the role of residencies and expanding your community or practice.

Kate is a Chicago-based artist who is currently creating an installation at O’born Contemporary which will open on Friday, November 7.

Visit to learn more about Kate's practice.

Venue & Address: 
Room 166 in 100 McCaul St.

Start Your Professional Practice Now 2014

Monday, January 13, 2014 - 9:30pm to Friday, January 17, 2014 - 1:30am

Start Your Professional Practice Now 2014. Monday, January 13 to Thursday, January 16, 2014.

Four free evenings of professional practice events for students and alumni!

Creativity. Networking. Career Planning. Business Essentials.

• Engaging alumni panelists
• Inspiring guest speakers
• Informative presentations by practicing artists and designers

Monday, January 13 to Thursday, January 16, 2014
Monday & Thursday: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
All events at OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Great Hall (2nd floor)
Presented by Financial Aid & Awards, Student Success Programs and Alumni Relations

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Start Your Professional Practice Now! 2014, January 13-16, 2014