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Advice on where to start?

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by andrew88, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. andrew88

    andrew88 Junior Member

    I am a complete novice in graphic design and was wondering what is the best route to get into it and possibly web design in the future.

    What should I concentrate on first? Is it best to go on a course or self study? I can't really study full time at the moment and can't find any part time graphic design courses, only full time at local colleges. Does anyone know of any?

    I have looked on Amazon for books and have found;

    Graphic Design School: The Principles and Practices of Graphic Design
    The Non-Designer's Design Book

    Are these a good place to start?

    I have started teaching myself photoshop/illustrator, should I also focus on improving my drawing skills or is drawing not as important now a lot of work is computer based?

    Thanks for your help,

  2. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    The best way of learning is to do!

    Read as many books as you can get your hands on, follow relevant blogs, do tutorials. Basically become a sponge. There's a few threads here recommending lots of design books, hopefully one of the mods will drop the odd link for you.

    Anywhere is a good place to start! The fact you are curious enough to ask is a start. At this stage don't rule anything out, just have fun.

    On a personal not, I'd say you should never ignore drawing as a skill. Computers will never replace it, sketching is a skill totally removed from using a computer, and it has a differetn set of advantages.
  3. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    although a computer has a spell checker...right Ken?
  4. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    Are you really going to trust the microsoft paperclip? I'm leaving those mistakes there for posterity!
  5. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    Postererity is the werird fur de dayo.
  6. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    So I think I've proved that a good grasp on Spelling and grammar is a good place to start in graphic design!
    (Obviously the point I was trying to make there ;) :D )

    I'm now really paranoid about my typing, and I can't believe I'm getting heat from the guy whose screen-name is "TYPO". Ohhhh the irony! :)
  7. andrew88

    andrew88 Junior Member

    Ok, thanks. Once I have a reasonable knowledge is it best to volunteer to work at companies for free to get the experience? Do companies generally allow that or would they not consider someone with little knowledge?

  8. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    After gaining a 'reasonable' amount of knowledge you could try to get some solo projects for charitys / friends / local groups / clubs to build up a portfolio. Or attempt to join a local company for experience with that.

    The only issue is when do you feel you have enough knowledge?! There is so much to learn :D
  9. Becky

    Becky Member

    All good info (even the typonese) Add some books to your Christmas wish list, Berry made a great list:

    It can't hurt to try and get out there, even a Saturday job at your local print bureau/shop might be a good start, not only for learning printing terms/techniques but also getting to know people 'in the business'
  10. MikeD

    MikeD Junior Member

    Visit exhibitions. Read magazines, read books and above all enjoy it.

    Call a few designers, see if any of them would like to be a mentor (most have egos that would love this :)

    good luck.
  11. rossnorthernunion

    rossnorthernunion Senior Member

    Some would, some wouldn't.

    Probably the wrong time if you ask me, there's that many out of work / uni designers out there at the moment that placements are like gold dust never mind jobs.

    Good luck.

    And in my experience you can read every book abut design that there is, but you never stop learning.
  12. Krey20

    Krey20 Senior Member

    That goes for life in general. You should never feel like you have all of the answers. Never be afraid to ask questions.

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