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Votech Teacher Interview part 1

1. What college did you go to?
2. what degree do you have?
3. how long have you been a graphic designer?
4. what classes did you take in high school to help become a graphic designer
5. where did you go to votech at? ANSWERS :: 1. I went to Pennsylvania college of technology
2. I have my associates of applied arts in graphic communications management
3. I've been either a designer or in a related field for 8 years.
4. I went to vo tech in highschool to help me be a designer. The highschool at the time did not offer any related classes. Since then they have added many as the field continues to grow.
5. I went to tech at eastern westmoreland ctc. I went to the sane program you are going to. The program there put laid the foundation for me to succeed in college and beyond.
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Display Your Creativity: Become A Graphic Designer

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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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Naptural85 - Natural Hair Care Tips - Blog Content - How To Become A Graphic Designer | Extra Tidbits!

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Graphic design is a field that is quickly changing, and while it is easy to get caught up in learning new technical skills, it is just as important to focus...

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Advice for design students | David Airey, graphic designer

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With 500+ web pages on davidairey.com, here's the content that seems most helpful to students (the comment threads in particular are a great source of knowledge).

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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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Hannes Beer’s All Day Everyday Project – Graphic design tutorials, freebies, & advice by working artists and designers. | GoMediaZine

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A little introduction I stumbled upon Hannes' project via the Go Media Flickr pool and have been hooked since.
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Advice for a Graphic Design Beginner | Thinking Made Visible

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“If you don’t have much work to show right off the bat, then I recommend spending some time and just create work for yourself. Create your business card, some collateral and site designs – even if they are for fake companies. But do it in a way that makes it seem you have done work for an actual client. Give yourself out there for people who need design work – but be prepared to do it for free (at least in the beginning). Make sure you seek people’s opinions about your work. Whether they’re in the industry or not, this will give you some practice at being able to take in constructive criticism from people. Also, keep in mind that in order to be successful in this industry, it will be very important that you make sure you create work that is marketable and useful to employers.”
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10 Essential Skills Every Graphic Designer Should Have - Design Reviver

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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.
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How to Start a Career in Graphic Designing

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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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Votech Teacher Interview part 2

1. What advice would you give someone trying to become a graphic designer?
Do something creative each day even if its not for a project or job.
2. What should someone major in College for to become a graphic designer?
Graphic Design is usually offered at most colleges. Some offer Visual communications.
3. What skills should someone possess to become a graphic designer?
The ability to multi task and think fast on your feet. You also need to possess a strong sense of color theory and design principals.
4.What is a good way to begin a portfolio?
You can begin with the projects we do here at tech. Then, when you move on to college you can continue to add to it.
5.What should be in my portfolio?
Anything that you designed that is finished.
6. Do you need a associates degree or bachelors degree?
An associates is all that is required but a bachelors is preferred.
7. what books and/ or websites could you suggest to help me with this project?
Graphcommcentral.com/printing.org/printwiki.org
8. What colleges would you recommend for aspiring graphic designers?
Pittsburgh Technical Institute or Penn college of Technology.
9. Do you have to be good at drawing to be a good graphic designer?
Not at all….I cannot draw to save my life.
10.Do you have a scope and sequence for our shop? and If so can you send me one I can show in my presentation?
Sent
11. What certifications (if any) would an employer ask to see for a graphic design job?
You will be testing for a PrintED certification. The task list is attached.
12. What kind of project could I create for my final presentation, since my english teacher would like me to do something?
Come up with a poster about the different career paths you can follow once you leave tech. The graphics field is HUGE! Or you can come up with 10 reasons why you want to be a graphic designer and display it in a visually appealing way.

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im going to quote the part where i asked about education
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So You Want to be a Graphic Designer | Graphic Design. Website Design | River Graphics

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NOTE: The following was written for a high school career fair. What does a graphic designer do? Along with writers, clients, and other creative people who
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So you want to be a graphic designer? - 3thought

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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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i'm going to paraphrase the list of classes for my education section
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Improve Your Graphic Design Skills

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Improve Your Graphic Design Skills - a source for graphic design inspiration and ideas, graphic arts, logo designs, typography, inspiration and visual arts- also brings news and useful resources for freelance graphic designers.

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Client Advice | Graphic Design Blender

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Mark: I just found GraphicDesignBlender.com-- quite a find! In particular the Client Advice category.

Freelance design blog for designers who want to start freelancing, run their own business, and become a successful designer.


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Like every designer needs to know is that, the logo can be a very sensitive piece of the puzzle that makes up what you want to display for the company you design for. The size, the colors that comes together, the brand presentation, etc. A lot of things on the logo needs to be relfected over so the people needs to be interested not only the product but also needs to know what product or company that supports electronics, food/beverage, etc.

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I Used to Be a Design Student: Advice on Design and Life from Famous Graphic Designers

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"Work your ass off + Don't be an asshole" "A designer without a sense of history is worth nothing," iconic graphic designer Massimo Vigne (Career and lifeworthy advice for designing your world from graphic design greats

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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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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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Creating a Graphic Portfolio Without a Client | Abduzeedo Design Inspiration & Tutorials

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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.
Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:34 AM
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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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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What Goes in Beginner's Graphic Design Portfolios

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You need samples to get the job but you need the job in order to have samples. That old Catch-22 doesn't have to stop you from putting together a good desktop publishing or graphic design portfolio. It just requires a bit more creativity.
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Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:28 AM
Many times you already need to have a portfolio made to get a job of any kind in graphic design, but for starting out designers, you need a graphic design job first before you really have much in your portfolio. Thankfully, there a few tips to get your portfolio going for your first job as a graphic designer.

Firstly, you can just make up your own piece, and what I mean by that is design something for a made up company, or a made up event. I tell you this because many times, your potiental clients, or employer, won't care too much on who you designed for, unless you designed for a big company for some reason, which is unlikely, but what this gets you is a piece to show off what you can design, without having to worry about the fact that you haven't had your first real client yet.

Secondly, you can make stuff for your family and friends. Even if they didn't hire you, or pay you, it's still your work that you did, so why not show it off? Other ideas like this could include if you designed a poster for someone's party, or maybe you designed some business cards for someone in your family, or maybe your neighbors' business. Or if you know someone who doesn't have their own business cards for their small business or if their a freelancer, offer to design some for free, that way, not only do you get experience, you get another item you designed that can go into your portfolio.

Another idea, is that if they decide they don't want a business card or logo for their business, ask and see if they will look at any potential designs and get their feedback on what they think looks best. And stick those into your portfolio.

Additionally, you can design your own business card, logo, or anything you think you may even use for real to advertise yourself, and put those designs in your portfolio. And you can even add stuff into your portfolio that your client might not expect to see, such as job tracking forms, or even custom quote forms, which you would use for printers.

You can even add in personal design projects that you've done. Such as maybe you decided to design your own birthday card, or holiday card you can send in the mail. You can most definitely put those into your portfolio. Also, if you have a personal website, you can take High resolution screenshots of your website, or any graphics you designed for it, and include it into your portfolio.

More than likely, to have learned the software needed for this job, you've probably done quite a few online tutorials, am I right? Well most of those tutorials probably have helped with designing things that clients would be interested in, such as newsletters, brochures, etc. So as long as their your original piece and not a carbon copy of the tutorial, you can add those pieces into your ever evolving portfolio.

With this next idea, you have to go about this very carefully, but chosen correctly and it can really add to your portfolio. What you can do is pick the highest rated pieces that maybe a client liked, but didn't choose it for one reason or another, and add it into your portfolio. This, done correctly, can help show the range of your skills and what your brilliant mind can come up with.

Lastly, as you start producing new pieces for clients, whether its for free or they hired you, you can slowly start to replace the lesser pieces of your work with new and improved pieces that help showcase what you can do, and what you've learned. So as your expertise grows and evolves, so should your portfolio.
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What is Graphic Design: Schools

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for people wanting to get an education in the field of graphic design, there are quite a few options for you

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Malorie Lewis's comment, February 21, 2013 8:25 AM
there are many different ways to get ready to start out your graphic design career. A major way is to get a college degree. There are few ways you can go about this.

The best way, if your not quite sure about being a graphic design, but you want to complete a liberal arts experience is to go to a 4 year college or university.
What this gets yous is a 4 year undergraduate program that can get you a bachelors of science or bachelors of arts degree. This is ususally a more broad, liberal arts type of program, and it gives you a more rounded education. You can even go for a graduate degree, a master of arts or a master of fine arts, whatever you prefer, unless you want to use this degree to teach college kids, which then you won't need a graduate degree.

Another way is to go a 4 year art school, which is a school of design or an institute. This would give you a more intense design education than a normal college. Typically offers a graphic design major within its own field area. Some may offer you a master of fine arts degree, and they offer less science, humanities, and other courses that a regular 4 college would, because they focus more on your major than giving you such a rounded education. This is best if you know that you want a career in the design or just arts in general.

Lastly, you can do a 2 year program, which is best option if you don't have a lot of cash. This is for an associates in arts degree and is usually found at local community college or trade school. A lot of focus is on your computer skills, and its less likely you'll get into the fundamentals like typography and color theory. Mostly they give you technical skills to become a production artist. This choice can give you immediate marketable skills but advancement in the field can be hard without a bachelors degree.