I was just reading through the sticky thread about design tips, books, etc. and was thinking about when I realized I was in the wrong field of study at school. I started school in landscape architecture in fall of 2005 and one of our assignments was to design a logo for this particular conference they have every year. For our assignment we had to design the logo and draw and color it 6 times, each time using different color schemes (warm colors, cool colors, complimentary colors, etc). The students who were in charge of the conference picked out of nearly 150 students works the one they felt worked best for the theme (that particular year it was "Wildland and Urban Restoration: Processes for Rejuvenating Place." Well, my design was chosen out of all the students who had the assignment. It was at that point that I had first started to somewhat consider switching my major to graphic design. I have always enjoyed working on the computer editing videos and messing around with 3D animation, etc. After my second semester of school was finished I decided I had had enough of the landscape architecture program. The following fall I began taking the required art classes and have been far more happy with where it now than where I was headed before. Here is a copy of my design that I used (BTW, I don't know why they chose this particular color scheme, I had better looking ones). It's a simple maple leaf design, the bottom obviously looks like a leaf, and the top half is buildings. It's drawn so as to show the urban restoration that was talked about at our conference. I just wish that we could have used a computer to design with. The class was basic graphics for landscape architecture so everything had to be hand drawn. Oh, and my design had NONE of the text that is in this image. Someone went through and butchered that one up for me. Oh well, what can I do about it. So, that is my story of how I came to this point in my studies. What's everyone else's stories of how they got involved in this fascinating field.