Kaizen Advent №2. Crypto Career: Designers

4 min readNov 18, 2022

Bearish or bullish, regardless of how the market is looking at any point in time, it is safe to assume that crypto is here to stay.

Instead of waiting for the market to present you with a perfect opportunity, getting a career in crypto can be a great way to immerse yourself into the industry, get familiarized with its intricacies, and gain invaluable insights.

Today we will be looking at a designer’s role in crypto. Let’s jump right in.

💥 What to expect from a designer’s role in crypto?

First things first, the design field is a broad one. It is hard to overstate the importance of design as there is very little that a designer does not touch.

You can, of course, choose to specialize or go down a generalist path. Either way, there will be plenty for you to do in crypto.

Crypto offers a variety of tasks that can use a designer’s skill set, for example:

🎯 Creating illustrations, motion graphics, and digital art for NFT collectibles;

🎯 Sketching, modeling, and animating for GameFi and metaverse projects (characters, worlds, interfaces, etc.);

🎯 Prototyping, wireframing and designing web pages

🎯 Branding, various social media and product design work such as video, infographics, memes, stickers, presentations, etc.

💥 Where to learn to design for web3?

The good news is that the role isn’t reserved exclusively for those with a design diploma. What’s important is the right set of skills and examples of your work to back them up.

📌 Like with many other things, Youtube can be a good free place to begin with: Web3 Design Course 2022 .

📌 You can pick up helpful pointers in blog posts and Medium articles to help you transition to creative work in web3. Here are a few:

🖍 Design principles for web3

🖍 How to make decentralized apps (dApps) more user-friendly

🖍 The 10 Best Web3 Design Inspiration Sites

🖍 Web Design 3.0 Is Here: Are You Ready For The Transformation?

🖍 Web 3.0 designed for artists

📌 Investing in quality course on a dedicated online learning platform can be a good option too: NFT Fundamentals (Buy, Create and Sell NFTs)

📌 Professional courses from esteemed designers in crypto are still a rare find and usually come with a higher price tag, but can be well worth it if you find one that covers the route you’re going for: Web3 UX Design Course

💥 How to land a design job in crypto?

To up your chances of landing your dream job in web3, you will need to have your portfolio ready with a relevant body of work.

In design, CV is often found taking a backseat in the job application process. Instead, the focus is on the portfolio.

To showcase it, you can create your own website using the likes of SquareSpace, or link your Behance, Dribble, or DeviantArt to show your work. It’s best not to settle for a template. Spend some time customizing the look and feel of your portfolio. Make sure it tells your story as a designer.

One way to stand out is to create your own NFT collection.

For example, OpenSea, the NFT marketplace, lets you create your own NFT collection in just a couple of clicks. It’s free and you’re only charged if you sell any of your work. You can learn more here: How do I create an NFT?

💥 Where to look for a design job in web3?

Figuring out what you want to do is one thing, finding the right opportunity for your skill is another. There is a number of ways to go about it.

👉🏻 If you already have a profile on a traditional job site like Indeed, you can begin there: Indeed Cryptocurrency Designer

👉🏻Alternatively, you can dive into a dedicated site if you don’t mind filling in site-specific forms: Cryptocurrencyjobs.co

👉🏻 Directly contacting the admin of a crypto company you would like to work for or offer your services to can prove to be a solid option. You can do that through Telegram, Twitter or any other official social media channel or community page.

To conclude, transitioning to designing for web3 is not too challenging or costly. Armed with dedicated and the right resources you can get a hang of the sought-after skills and, instead of looking in from the outside, immerse yourself into the industry as crypto recovers and sets itself up for the next bull run.

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