Becoming a graphic designer
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Becoming a graphic designer
Things to look at for people getting into the graphic design field
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Display Your Creativity: Become A Graphic Designer

Display Your Creativity: Become A Graphic Designer | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
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Malorie Lewis's comment, March 3, 2013 7:53 AM
im goin 2 paraphrase the part about graphic design schooling
Malorie Lewis's comment, March 3, 2013 7:53 AM
i'm going to paraphrase the part about portfolio
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Skills Needed to Become a Graphic Designer

Skills Needed to Become a Graphic Designer | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
Becoming a graphic designer can be a great career boost. If you enjoy working with people and new technology, you may have the required skills.
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Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:36 AM
Most graphic designers these days need to get a BFA, which is a bachelor of fine arts degree in the area that they are going to work in. Some designers instead go through whats called a Adobe Certified Expert exam to gain professional level certifications.
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Interview with a visual developer

1. What college did you go to?Pittsburgh Technical Institute2. What did you Major in and what degree do you currently have?Associates Degree: Multimedia/ Interactive Web3. Since your not a 'graphic designer' per se, what job title do you currently hold?I am a Visual Developer, Which is a web developer, but I love design. Everyday I dive deeper into both worlds, design and development, which keeps me on my toes and helps me learn. 4. What advice would you give someone trying to become a graphic designer?Never stop learning, never think you are "good enough" because there is ALWAYS room to grow. Have a strong portfolio when entering any career field, especially design... good designers feel no remorse when ripping someones portfolio apart (not physically, but verbally). Always be social, learn to be a good talker. Attend social design events. Knowing people is half the battle. I know a lot of big named people in Pittsburgh and got 5 job offers before I graduated, which is mainly because I networked.5. What should someone major in College for to become a graphic designer?Graphic Design, or you could try many other majors, like Art Direction, Fine Arts, heck even web.6. What skills should someone possess to become a graphic designer?You will need passion, intelligence, understanding of failure, creative skill, LISTENING SKILLS, an open mind. I don't care if you're good in photoshop or you can make a mean drawing in illustrator, your design has to be spot on, and a commitment to your job, in this industry, you never stop working.7.What is a good way to begin a portfolio?Just make stuff, get creative, get motivated. Make sure the stuff you make has a purpose, or most designers will view it as silly or unwanted.8.What should be in my portfolio?Anything clean and useful. Don't overwhelm your portfolio with drawings you did of people, or other melancholy designs. Designers and art directors want to see useful things, or designs that serve a purpose, like I said above.9. Do you need a associates degree or bachelors degree?
You dont need a degree, but its nice to have. I have an associates, but a bachelors is always nicer.10. what books and/ or websites could you suggest to help me with this project?I use Dribbble.com for inspiration, although these are the top dogs of design. Stay away from Deviant Art. Follow good people on twitter, and get involved with what they say. I would read any book that has to do with design. stay away from photoshop books, they do not teach design. Like I said, noone cares if youre good in photoshop.11. What colleges would you recommend for aspiring graphic designers?I like PTI, because I went there, and know how good the teachers are. Art Institute is very difficult to judge... you have to be at the top of the game to get a good job out of there, I only know a few people that have sucessfully fullfilled any kind of a good job out of there. But, every AI is different, I just don't like Pittsburgh's. Any school of design would be good, but stay away from technical schools or other 2 year schools (other than PTI of course). Even state schools have great programs like Penn State or Pitt.

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This is an interview done by email with a visual developer by the name of Nick Meloy. He also owns Nick meloy media. You can visit his website at nickmeloy.com

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Malorie Lewis's comment, March 3, 2013 7:55 AM
i'm going to quote about the portfolio questions
Malorie Lewis's comment, March 3, 2013 7:55 AM
im going to quote about the educations questions
Malorie Lewis's comment, March 3, 2013 7:55 AM
i'm going to quote about the skills you need
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So You Want to Be a Graphic Designer? | Creativeoverflow

So You Want to Be a Graphic Designer? | Creativeoverflow | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
There are a lot of people that think being a graphic designer is easy. Sure it looks fun and is fun at times, but what they don't see is the behind the scenes work that takes place to make a success of the chosen career field.
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Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:29 AM
So many of us aspiring artists/designers, wonder to ourselves, what exactly does it take to become a graphic designer? Well firstly, many graphic design jobs require a degree whether it be associates or bachelors. But it takes much more than just a fancy degree from some college. Why you may ask? Because you can't just learn art like you can for math or something of the sorts. There's no one way to do things when it comes to being a designer. You need imagination and an eye for what makes things look good and what doesn't. Without that you won't make it far, whether still in the classrooms or once you enter the real world.

For making a 'good design', there has to be some sort of order to it, but at the same time there is no exact formula for what makes a design good, or a design bad. Additionally, not only do you require talent and you need to know the theories behind what makes a good design, you need to be culturally aware of what goes on around you. Whether it being what the latest trends are, or if there is a movement to go green, it can and will affect the designs you do.

As a graphic designer, you have to know the theories and the fundamentals, such as how to correctly use white space, leading, contrast, and how to incorporate color. Additionally, you must understand the fundamental elements that make things look eye pleasing and something that can attract attention. So you need to have a good understanding of the cultural meaning behind the design, because for example, maybe you live somewhere where you say pop instead of soda, and so in an ad you created, it says pop, but if the culture around you stopped using that slang term, it would lower your marketability of that ad.

Graphic designers are the 'front line' in terms campaigns in the world of entertainment, marketing, and even government. They build up the visual art that accompanies any and all cultural movements, whether it be something like an ad for a video game, to the campaigns for the presidential campaign. They even design the logos for your local newspapers, some designers even specialize in the designing the widgets for websites. So all in all, graphic designers are all around us and the field of graphic design is very competitive, if you have the right stuff, you can do what you've dreamed of doing.