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Display Your Creativity: Become A Graphic Designer

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im goin 2 paraphrase the part about graphic design schooling
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i'm going to paraphrase the part about portfolio
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So you want to be a graphic designer? - 3thought

So you want to be a graphic designer? - 3thought | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
If you're thinking about getting into the business of graphic design there a few things you should know, and here's some advice from your friends at 3thought.
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this is about becoming a graphic designer and this website is by 3thought, a graphic design company.

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i'm going to paraphrase the list of classes for my education section
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i'm going to paraphrase the part about skills
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5 Steps to Becoming a Graphic Designer

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As the information era continues to progress, one thing becomes clear: we’re living in an increasingly visual world.
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Creating a Graphic Portfolio Without a Client | Abduzeedo Design Inspiration & Tutorials

Creating a Graphic Portfolio Without a Client | Abduzeedo Design Inspiration & Tutorials | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
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Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:33 AM
Design for contests
If you design something for a good contest it can really help put a nice piece in your portfolio and also to put a name on that piece. Hugocreate, is a design contest that gives designers the chance to work on your own, while designing something for a big brand name. Even if you don’t win the contest, you still win by having another piece to display in your portofolio.
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Brand Yourself
Since you’ve already got some good pieces in your portfolio, its time to create a identifying logo and even a website, which is another way you can improve upon your portfolio with your own work. Many, if not all clients will look at your website and analyze it like they would your portfolio.
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Design a business card
Now that you’ve gotten a head start on your portfolio and may even have created a website to display your skills, it’s a good idea to create a business card that you can carry on you and give out to people you meet. But don’t forget that the business card represents you and your style.
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8 Practical Tips for Newbie Graphic Designers

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8 Practical Tips for Newbie Graphic Designers
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Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:30 AM
Ask questions:
Quite frequently, people starting out in entry level jobs are too shy to ask anyone questions. But to get better, and to resolve any issues you may face in that new job, you should not hesitate to ask people how to do something or how to fix something. Even, if you ask questions, you can even impress your superiors who will see you as an employee who wants to learn more about the job and how to do it correctly.
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Keep organized:
A major problem with designers just starting out, or even one's that have a few years experience under their belt, is how disorganized they keep their work. Because the workload can be quite hefty, its important to keep everything organized and where you know it'll be easy to find. Because a lot of your designs will be in photoshop or illustrator, a useful tip to be a better graphic designer is to name each layer in your file so when you need to edit a layer, you know where to find it.
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How to Start a Career in Graphic Designing

How to Start a Career in Graphic Designing | Becoming a graphic designer | Scoop.it
Graphic designers create and generate images for consumer products, advertising, video games and just about everything else in our society.
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Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:26 AM
Apply to an art school or a college with a good graphic design program. The Art Institutes website is a good place to start. Some graphic artists complete a program at an art school and some get a college diploma and major in art. There are pros and cons to both approaches; you will need a degree, but graphic design talent and skill will get you further than the degree itself.”
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Begin building your portfolio. You can include pieces that you've designed as a student as well as those you have developed at your internship. A portfolio of your work will be important as you interview for full time jobs”
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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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i'm going to quote about the portfolio questions
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im going to quote about the educations questions
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this is a site of a graphic designer and she answers questions from people and if you scroll down, she talks about her youtube channel and has a video on becoming a graphic designer, and even the pros and cons

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Skills Needed to Become a Graphic Designer

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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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10 Essential Skills Every Graphic Designer Should Have - Design Reviver

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Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:32 AM
Typography:

One skill that a good graphic designer needs is typography, while many people overlook this skill, it can be the key thing that can get you a job at a advertising firm. This can be the difference between looking like an amateur and looking like a professional graphic designer. To understand typography, you need to have a firm understanding of font families, tracking, kerning and what is appropriate use of line-height. Because the advertising industry is mostly about communication and communicating to people a message, it needs good typography.
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Print Design and Layout:

A must have skill that many employers look for is an understanding of the digital print production. It is vital to be able to use programs such as desktop publishing programs. To known print design it also requires that you know the concepts of things such as color separations, grid layout and master pages.
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Photography

To be looked upon as being a well-rounded graphic designer, you’ll need to be able to take a good picture. If you happen to work somewhere where you can get your hands on a camera, use it. A camera that can provide enough light to illuminate the subject, such as using a flash on a camera.

Also, a camera you would want to use is one that takes good looking pictures, so you need one that provides good pixel resolution so your picture doesn’t come out blurry. A general rule of thumb for most designers and photographers is anything below 6 megapixels shouldn’t be used as it produces low quality pictures.
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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.