Young (and Older Buck) Wannabe Thread After countless forages into other threads and posts I thought I'd open this thread as a guide/ advice/ rant / or whatever specifically for the younger wannabees. So I can keep my rants and advice in one place. Let's first get things clear: 1. I hate precocious wannabees who think they know everything at the age of 11. 2. I'm desperate to see young talent emerge that will genuinely succeed. 3. I'm a natural grumpy old bear ready to eat. 4. 90% of young designers will not get a employment in this business 5. The design field is over saturated with every man and his dog who thinks they are designers. 6. Self status 'Freelance' generally means neccessity not choice. So. why is everyone in a hurry to get somewhere? Patience and learning will create designers that will survive rather than designers with a signature. Learn, study your craft and understand it. Make mistake, and learn from them, but don't be in a hurry to make money. You are not good enough to do that consistantly just yet. Older bears (like me) will help you develop freely if you respect the system and the order of things and are prepared not to seek a quick fix. The term client only comes with a vat invoice. Anything less is not serious intention on either side of the fence.Nobody is born a designer, that is a skill we learn, we may have natural abilty but Adobe Photoshop is not a natural gene. Software does not make designers. Understanding does. Learn patience and question and try and understand why things have been done. Study people and work out how to persuade people to do things. That is the art of design in communication. That is what you do. Your product may be web design, but your business is communication. And above all stay hungry and challenge.