How did you get into design?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by TheAngusBurger, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. TheAngusBurger macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2008
    Just curious about how you lot got into graphic design?

    I personally got a demo of Paint Shop Pro...7? free with a PC magazine.:eek:

    Anyways, it was worth it, I followed loads of tutorials until I knew what everything did, then I joined a few forums, making signature tags etc.

    Anyways, just curious.

    -Teh Burgeh
  2. jakealdred macrumors member


    Feb 24, 2008
    Manchester england
    Demo of photoshop cs3:)
    best thing i've ever done on my mac now im making brilliant bebo skins and mockup newspaper covers for nintendo:D
  3. CINA macrumors newbie


    Mar 20, 2008
    Product design... Reading my first issue of Wallpaper, 1998.
  4. mbrellisford macrumors member

    May 29, 2007
    Photoshop 7 and Flash 5 was what first programs that got me interested. I was always interested in Newgrounds and wanted to submit some of my own material. That was the spark that started it all.
  5. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    In 9th grade (circa 1991), I was recruited to work on the yearbook staff...for no other reason that I was allegedly good at computers.

    I believe the computer we used was a Quadra...and Pagemaker 4.

    And this was back in my Mac-bashing, DOS-loving days. In fact, one of my reasons for hating the Mac was actually it's lack of a command prompt...But I digress.

    Anyway, I stuck with it. Ended up working as a designer on the newspaper staff in college. Ended up majoring in Art (since they didn't offer a graphic design course at the time). Been in design ever since.

    So I just sort of fell into it.

    (The irony is that in my current job, I'm having to use WinXP.)
  6. LeviG macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    when I was about 4 I started drawing scifi (even then I loved sci fi) type vehicles etc, design followed through GCSE's (designed a car for mini project for a city and guilds, got a distinction on it - ended up looking like a merc released a few years later :rolleyes:, hell I'm always ahead by a couple of years with my product designs too :D)
    Did A-Levels and a BTEC with a focus towards designing things. Applied for transport design, ended up being recommended for product design as it was a better option for me.
    Learn to use CAD packages such as solidworks and 3ds max.
    Qualified, asked to do cad etc for client so focus more on cad rendering etc now as a freelancer :)

    A program never made me interested in design, I was into it before I even touched a pc
  7. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2008
    My dad is in the printing business.
    His company used to print barbie comics back in the day...and they still print Marvel, and other things.

    I always thought what he did was really cool.
    I would use coloring books as reference and try to recreate the image...then send it through the fax machine like it was my "state of the art" printer. :p
    (I loved the satin finish on the paper)

    Now I have a degree in Graphic Design...and absolutely love what I do.

  8. chedda macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2006

    LEGO, etch a sketch, geometry during maths o level and then SKETCHUP and Artlantis .....
  9. Abraxsis macrumors 6502


    Sep 23, 2003
    Quite funny you should use the topic you did OP, because I actually did just that. Some may know that I recieved a Master, as well as 2 Bachelor degrees in the Human/Social Science (Psy and Soc). I was planning on being a shrink but decided I needed a break from school before beginning my PhD program. So I took a year off, but I needed cash so I began to look for a job. Nothing in my field locally, so I went to the net ... monster to be precise. I was coming back from the kitchen when I stumbled and hit the keyboard with my hand, the key hit were T,Y,V,U,and M ... it returned several things, but near the top was Toy Vault Inc ... and it was in my hometown! Turns out it was a toy company, that while is big in the specialty market, was all of unheard of locally. I wasn't even aware it was there. I sent a resume, the person doing the hiring turned out to be a child hood friend, and I was hired. 6 Months later I found I had a knack for package and product design. 2.5 years after that I sit here in my office, the art director and primary designer of the company. And now I cant imagine myself doing anything else.

    Some might call it fate, karma, destiny, or whatever that I literally "fell into my dream job" but all in all I call it two things ... clumsy and lucky. Although it does disgust me sometimes that I had to go through all that school to find out that it didn't make me happy.
  10. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
  11. Z.Beeblebrox macrumors regular


    Nov 27, 2007
    NJ / NYC
    I entered a regional art competition when I was 5 and won. Parents threw every art supply in the world at me. Spent summers in art classes at museums. High school had a commercial at class where I learned to design on Macs. Was laying out the school newspapers, literary magazines, awards show programs, invitations, etc. Started getting commission work at age 15 and started my freelance business when I was 17. Went to college and then straight into a design job from there. Been here ever since.
  12. Saliwa macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Mostly doing webdesign. No flash for the time being, I find it is overused. I liked to draw since I am young.
  13. pcypert macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2006
    People just kept asking me to do it. Am a photographer by trade and clients wanted me to do the brochures I was taking pictures for. Finally went back and studied and pursued it more.

  14. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Went to school, then started my own business.
    My typographer (this was in 1997) advised me to buy a Mac with Photoshop, PageMaker and Freehand.
    I bought the computer and software and taught myself how to use it.
  15. Daringescape macrumors regular

    May 7, 2003
    Started with a t shirt design for a friend. Got a copy of photoshop 5.5, and did a few other things. I like design enough that I went to school and for it and now I run a small studio.

    I design stuff for a LIVING!! its a trip sometimes.
  16. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    Took a lot of art classes growing up, then took a bunch more at film school (studio art, art history and still photography classes were part of the side curriculum).

    Got a demo of Photoshop 5 after I graduated in 1998 when I bought Adobe Premiere as part of my first video editing setup (a beige G3 tower with two monitors). A friend of mine worked at a T-shirt shop at the time, so I got a few pointers (and full copies of PS 5.5 and AI 8) from him, and I was off and running.

    I've taught myself all the software in the intervening years (picked up ID for the first time in '05 and now use it on a daily basis), and slowly but surely have gotten better and better, to where a couple of years ago I finally considered myself a designer instead of a dabbler.

    I now work as a designer full time (and do some freelance on the side). I mostly do print work, but I've taught myself DW over the past few months (after first dabbling with it 3-4 years ago) and am on the verge of completely re-launching my company's website. I'm now teaching myself Flash, as well.

    I love going to work for the first time since I quit working on movies in '02.
  17. CMD is me macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2006
    Went to architecture school and was bored with writing reports. Design is much cooler... wish schools would tell students to not expect a job right away though ; )
  18. Joel Beason macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2007
    took a graphic arts class my senior year in high school, and really enjoyed it, now I go to school for it :)
  19. Joel Beason macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2007
    took a graphic arts class my senior year in high school, and really enjoyed it, now I go to school for it :) I'm going to be a junior next year and can't wait to keep learning
  20. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Writing reports?
    You went to the wrong kind of Architecture school. :D

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