Introduce yourself

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Blue Velvet, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Feel free tell us about yourself. Regardless of whether you're a student, someone new to the field or a professional, what kind of design do you do and what kind of design are you interested in?

    Look forward to seeing you around. :)
  2. zelmo macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2004
    Mac since 7.5
    I'm not a designer so I won't be of much use for helping out with design or application issues. However, I have been in commercial print for 24 years working for a sheetfed and digital printer. I've operated a cutter, folder, stitcher, and letterpress. I've worked in estimating and had long (9 years each) stints in both production planning and prepress management. For the past three years I've run our digital press department where we operate two Kodak NexPress 2500's and a Xerox Nuvera 144. I also manage our mailing, fulfillment, warehouse, and shipping departments. We run 4-up sheetfed presses, employ 100 people, and have annual sales of $20M. If you have a production question, I'll do my best to answer it for you.
  3. janitorC7 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    North Hollywood, CA
    I'm Cooper or JC7

    I'm a student, but have been running freelance under the banner Ceek Designs for 7 years. I am Interested in web design and marketing.

    I'm looking to study to be an art director. I am always excited to offer my opinion.


  4. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

    Blue Fox

    Apr 13, 2009
    Introduce myself??? I'm currently bored at work, so be prepared for a novel.....

    My name is Josh. I'm 25, and I've been a MacRumors visitor for a while now, but finally decided to jump in and join.

    I'm a self-declared professional graphic artist. I'm currently working on my Portfolio to finally be able to present it to graphic artistry firms for a "real job" instead of my no nothing, go-nowhere job I currently have now.

    I recently burned my bridge with my college (New Mexico State University). Their wanna-be graphic design degree was a joke. It was to the point where I would pour heart and soul into a project, and everyone else in class would use clip-art and the 3D text from Microsoft Word.........yeah..........kind of disheartening. And the worst thing is these people would pass with the same grade as me because they "did the work" instead of the quality of work.

    So, after a very heated conversation with the department dean (which actually agreed with me, but her hands were tied), I decided to drop NMSU and work on my portfolio and let that do the talking other than wasting 2 more miserable years "learning" about my profession.

    So I'm hoping that the employer will look at the portfolio as my resume rather than a degree (though, I plan on finish my degree at another college with a proven artistry program.)

    I currently use the Adobe CS3 apps (waiting on the $$$ for the CS4 stuff). My profession is primarily print design. That's where I feel that I'm best. I can do web artistry fine, but putting together I will save for the coders.

    I also dabble in Digital Photography. I currently use a simple Canon S5-IS on custom settings, and some of the pictures I take rival that of my friend, who is a professional photographer using about $10,000 worth of lenses on his Canon 40D. I'm a firm believer in "it's how you use it, not what you use" (to a degree).

    Other stuff about me, I'm an avid petrol-head. I love cars, and currently drive an 2004 Subaru Forester XT (turbocharged). I also have a 2007 Honda CBR 600RR sportbike I used to use as my daily driver until I got the Subaru. I off-road religiously with the Subaru (which is why I'm constantly always working on it).....and bought it primarily to take to the mountains to snowboard during the winter months. As for the bike, I now track it on the weekends to push it to its absolute limits. (yes, I'm an adrenaline junkie).

    Oh yeah, and I own a Mac or two, along with a couple other Apple products (this is a Mac Forum after all, so a mention of what I have might help :D)

  5. devz3ro macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2008
    Hamilton, NZ
    Hi, I'm Paul - Devz3ro

    I'm an intermediate designer / Freelance.
    My flavor is graphic design / Typography.
    I do this in my spare time and I have studied for 3 years.
    I'm hoping to become a graphic designer full-time in the industry.
    Oh yeah.. I'm from New Zealand.
  6. G.Kirby macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2005
    Swansea, South Wales

    I'm Gavin and I am a Graphic Design Lecturer based in South Wales. I mainly teach the technology side of things (Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark etc.) enabling the students to realize their creative designs for use in mass production. Other areas I teach are Design for Reproduction and Print, Typography, Graphic Communication and Technical Illustration.

    My Teaching philosophy is: To reach the goal of producing employable and productive graduates, Creativity and Technology should be given equal weight.
  7. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    My name is Dale, and I'm an antique.

    I'm 61 and just finishing a design program at a community college. I plan on freelancing after 22 years of teaching public school in Washington State. My instructors have strong backgrounds in the print industry and I have a good knowledge of the nuts and bolts (typography, PostScript, file handling and PreFlight operations). I have been using computers since 1985, beginning with an Apple IIe and continuing through an LC II, PowerMac 8500, PowerBook 190c, PowerMac G3/300, G3 Pismo, G4 TiBook, CRT iMac and my current '08 MacBook Pro with a 23 in Samsung monitor.

    My current claim to fame is creating a CD portfolio from a jumbled scrapbook of slides for a local artist/actor. I use the CS3 suite and usually have everything running at the same time. I am an avid film photographer, and have been in shock since the shutter locked up on my Canon in September.

    Oh, I have never owned a PC.

    *Shock and Awe* I am now a MR member!
  8. Buckmyah macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009

    Hey im tim, im going to be a graphic design major next year, im buying my first mac this year, i have used macs for the past 4 years but never owned one.
  9. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

    Blue Fox

    Apr 13, 2009
  10. Intel Inside macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2008
    Hey everyone, Im Jethro and a GCSE Graphics student. Im very interested in the graphics field and hoping to have a career in it one day!
  11. iRyanDevine macrumors newbie


    Apr 30, 2009

    Hey Guys :)

    Im Ryan, Im 15 and I do graphic design for many clothing companies and print companies, as well as my own Clothing line

    Im Currently at School wanting to move on to college and Uni'
    Check out my website at -

    i'm always up for a chat and i'm an all around nice guy

  12. A Belling macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2009
    Hey all, I'm Alex, I've been "lurking" for a while and decided to get involved.

    I've taken 2 years of high school graphic design courses and I am going to art college starting early 2010.

    I have been working on my portfolio for several months just to be used for school admission.

    I am currently doing some design work for a color verification software company.

    So that's me in a nutshell and I am looking forward to joining in on the conversation!
  13. likeavaliant macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2006
    I'm Drew
    I'm a design school drop out but I still keep myself busy with it.
    I lurk around in here and comment on occasion.
  14. DesignerGenes macrumors member

    May 4, 2009
    Omaha, NE
    Hi all, I'm LeAnne.
    I've been a lurker as well, mostly when I should be working :eek:
    I've been a pro designer for 6 years and I'm doing my part to make the world look better, one direct mail piece at a time. :rolleyes:
    I'm a print designer, mom, soon-to-be wife, perfectionist and caffeine addict.
    Can't wait to get involved!
  15. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    Paulo, as of Sarge and Reg connections? (Kia Ora any which ways).

    I'm in education, working currently on Macs. Design and photography is just a hobbie, although I'm investigating the possibilities of something more; I'm scared working in this field would dull my passion and enthusiasm for it - playing on my time seems to satisfy as of now.
  16. Socorso macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2007
    Graphic Design Professional

    I'm Carm - Socorso. I'm a professional graphic designer/brand consultant in Ontario Canada. I've been in the industry for over 16 years working with some of the top firms in Toronto. I have since started my own design agency/consultancy about 5 years ago. I love the Macrumours forums and follow along as much as I can. If I can be of assistance with any queries, I'll do my best!
  17. RainForRent macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2006
    Greenville, SC
    Greetings, all.
    I'm Josh, I'm a recent grad with a BFA in Graphic Design.
    I work at Torque Creative in Anderson, SC as a junior designer.
    I design packaging for a fair bit of brands you'll see in Home Depot (our biggest client). Ryobi and Ridgid namely, then Homelite, Dirt Devil, etc. But I keep it varied– some days its packaging, other days catalogs, and still other days are banners and prepress fun. Freelance is less and less these days as work weeks are ballooning to 60 or so hours... ugh.

    Always willing to help, let me know.
  18. Intel Inside macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2008
    Hi all, again.

    Forgot to say my main areas of interest are Typography and Product/Package design :D
  19. macfearless macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    Hey everyone, I'm a designer out of Louisiana. Print is my passion. I work in the magazine industry full time, but also try and do as much freelance as I can. Oh, and my trusty old 12 inch powerbook is about to bow out. Got me through school and then some, so we had a good run!
  20. JasonElise1983 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2003
    Between a rock and a midget
    Hello Everyone,
    I'm Jason. I'm 25 and an Art Director for an Ad Agency. I also do freelance web design work and logos and stuff. I'm also always willing to help someone out if they need it. I like clean modern, type heavy design work. I also enjoy doing things by hand or trying to do as much without my mac as possible. I know that's blasphemy on this site i guess, but i like things like that. Anyway, that's me.

  21. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area

    I'm Omi...and I want to learn graphic design bad, but I don't have time/patience at the moment.

    Hopefully lurking around this forum will help build up my skill.
  22. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I only just noticed this introduction thread. (3000 posts too late!!)

    I'm Derek. I build websites and create advertising. I've work on sales sites for the NFL, NY county government, blah blah. Been doing creative visual things since 2001. I like long walks on the beach and am a sucker for cozy winter eveni--- oh wait :D

    Anyway. Welcome all. I'm always pleasantly surprised by the knowledge in this thread. :) Keep it coming!
  23. RiCEADDiCTBOY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2007
    Hello, I am a former graphic artist/programmer. I am recently having the motivation to pick up designing again as a side job. Being in the military doesn't allow myself too much time to fiddle with my projects. My expertise is in Illustrator.
  24. jonG macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2007
    Jon Garcia Design

    Hey Guys I'm an art director/designer with 7 years experience.
    Check out my design studio's work here.

  25. gregtuco macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2009
    Taos, NM
    Hello Blue Velvet & Fellow Macpeople,

    I'm Greg, currently residing in Taos, where I just blew up a bridge at my former place of employment (in the words of John Candy: "It blowed up REAL good!!") after being there almost four years and not being allowed to learn web stuff, after being told I would. –Sorry for the run-on sentence.

    One bad thing about being unemployed is the lack of IT help, hence my fellowship with you good people. (I've been an off and on lurker for quite a while, often getting better advice here than at work) Beyond that, I've enjoyed everyone's take on things in general, not just my own immediate concerns.

    I started in commercial art around 1987, (started on PCs in 1997 and obviously moved up). I've been in many different phases of the graphics world, printing (stripping, camera, plates), screen printing, photo-retouching (I miss my Paasche AB!), sign making, educational publishing, copywriter/editor, newspaper and magazine work, etc. I have almost NO web experience, a promise that was never made good on at my last place of employment (the main reason for the aforementioned blowed-up bridge).

    In short, I'm a designer and illustrator of some experience and will be happy to be of help whenever I can, as you kind folks have already been to me.

    And, needless to say, I'm currently in a job hunt in lousy economy (willing to move ANYWHERE). Hopefully, I can find a place where I can contribute AND get my feet wet, web-wise.

    Beyond that– things are rosy!

    :apple: Dual 2 Ghz PowerPC G5 w/ Wacom Graphire 3 Tablet

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