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.
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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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
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.
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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I emailed my votech teacher some questions and here's what he said.
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