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Born Again Designer


#1
Hi, and wow! what a interesting place to be, I 'm just dont know why I hadn't look into checking out this site before!

Anyway, basically I've been a graphic designer for some 15 years or more in the field of Advertising and Design and at the end of the 90's I pulled out to do some travel and in that time had to have an emergency operation, something that seems to be prevalent when getting old! anyhow that pulled me away from graphics into other really quite boring work. and its only 8 years later that I decided to do graphics. So I'm now a born again designer.

Design has moved forward very quickly, and styles vary a lot, speed and time scales have changed too and this is something I need to be aware off. Having completed a number of adobe courses to update my skills, Ive thrown myself into freelance or really setting up my own business, except without any capital, hence the hard way!

So I'm hoping to meet all kinds of people who share the drive and enjoyment of design, have a laugh and perhaps get some advice and opinions on my presently pedestrian approach to work! Look forward to chatting to you all!

Andy
 
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#5
Hi Andy, Welcome to the Forum :)

As you have only just set yourself up again I would recommend you get a domain name for yourself/business.

Welcome Home ;) heheh
 
#6
Hey Andy

Welcome to the forums and back to the glorious world of GD!!

I'm the other end of the scale, 2nd year at uni, freelancing my butt off and working 2 days in a fab studio. Loving my practice, and can see why you have returned to it.

If you're looking for a way to keep your skills up to date I can thoroughly recommend Tutorials - Online Training - lynda.com, it has a HUGE database of tutorials for every design programme imaginable and they bring out new courses almost as quickly as the new software programmes are released.

I can imagine things have changed hugely since you were last in the industry!!

Wishing you the very best with your business

Laura :icon_biggrin:
 
#9
Thanks guys for your warm welcome and your info - all your comments have been taken on board and useful.

I know I'm probably doing things the hard way in a sense by starting off with little or nothing in my pocket. and an old portfolio that needs updating. but it alls pretty exciting as things progress. The online courses sound great and I've bookmarked the site. and yep my domain name needs to be sorted!

Thanks again

Andy