graphic design beginner in need of help


jongkuvrouw

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Hi,
I am learning graphic design on my own, and I'm not exactly sure whether i'd have the same capability as a graphic design student. i feel like some of the feedback i get on the things i make are stupid mistakes, and a graphic design student wouldn't make them. Im basically teaching myself about things ive never heard of with the help of the internet. There are some essential things a designer must know that i probably might never encounter (bc im just looking things up).
A graphic design student has the curriculum already laid out for them, and based on that curriculum they're meeting certain skills at a certain time.

Does anyone have advice on what I could do to set me on the same course (path) as a graphic design student ? I'm an unemployed college student. I've tried finding courses, and some are either too expensive or don't teach much.

Thank you very much!!
 

Paul Murray

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I feel like some of the feedback i get on the things i make are stupid mistakes, and a graphic design student wouldn't make them
You'd be surprised. A lot of teaching is self-taught, this includes academic design studies. Nobody sits you down and says "here's how to design a book" or "here's the best font to use", you have to learn for yourself what works and what doesn't by looking critically at everything, be it your own work or and design you see in the world around you.

I've been a designer for almost 10 years, and I left university feeling like I didn't know everything I needed to know. I probably didn't, you can't learn everything from a course, you have to learn through experimentation. I've been a designer professionally for almost 10 years and in that time I've had to teach myself about so many other things. Focus on learning and understanding the fundamentals or typography, grids, hierarchy, colour, etc etc and you can apply those to many other things.
 
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scotty

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Like Paul says.

Looking back at what I was taught, the amount I've had to self learn and the availability of learning resources readily available on the web I'd seriously reconsider going into design education today.
 
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