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How to become a designer without going to design school

How to become a designer without going to design school
I got my job as a designer without going to design school. I had hacked together my own design education in 6 months while working a full-time job. I didn’t think I was ready but started applying for jobs anyway – and got a job at a great startup, Exec. To be clear, I’m nowhere near as good as those design prodigies that come out of a 4-year education at an elite school like RISD. Maybe you want to change careers and become a designer full-time. This is a guide to teach yourself design. Update: I first published this blog post over a year ago. Step 1. First, learn how to draw. You don’t have to sit in a room with a bunch of other artists trying to draw a naked woman.You don’t even have to get that good at drawing. Learn graphic design theory Start with the book Picture This. Learn some basics in user experience Learn how to write Here is a sure sign of a bad designer: their mockups are filled with placeholder text like Lorem Ipsum. Step 2. Learn Illustrator Learn Photoshop Step 3. Step 4. Related:  Graphic Design

Previniendo errores: demasía y marcas de corte | Consejos sobre diseño de folletos y volantes publicitarios Como diseñadores gráficos, no sólo tenemos que preocuparnos por la tipografía, los colores y la estética general del trabajo que estamos realizando. Para conseguir resultados satisfactorios, debemos preparar correctamente el archivo para asegurar su reproducción óptima en la imprenta. En este caso voy a hablar de la demasía y las marcas de corte: La demasía (bleed, en inglés) es un área impresa que finalmente no formará parte de la pieza final. Se utiliza cuando tenemos imágenes o fondos que se imprimirán “al corte”, es decir, que llegarán hasta el borde del papel. Para definir esta área, utilizamos las marcas de corte, que definirán el tamaño final del documento. Por lo general, se debe dejar una demasía de 3 a 5 mm. aproximadamente. ¿Qué pasa si no pongo demasía? ¿Cómo definir la demasía en InDesign? Al comenzar un nuevo documento en InDesign, el programa nos hace definir las propiedades básicas del mismo, como tamaño y cantidad de páginas, márgenes, columnas, etc.

Traditional Artistic Skills - Gnomon Workshop - A Foundation in the Digital World | The Gnomon Workshop News Image Source: www.thegnomonworkshop.comImage Digitally painted by Jeremy Vickery As digital art production software becomes more and more a part of mainstream knowledge, through computers, smart tablets and smart phones, the more traditional art mediums get tossed to the wayside. Here is a map showing all the schools in the world k-12 that are incorporating tablets as of February of 2013, and a study performed by company Open Colleges shows that in the United States 91% of teachers have access to a computer in the classroom. What does studying traditional mediums teach? From a very young age we understand things instinctively We see a window with light pouring through it and we know it’s the sun shining in. Image Source: www.thegnomonworkshop.comRendering by Jeff Patton A strong foundation in traditional mediums helps train the brain and hands to translate what we see in life onto paper. Image Source: www.thegnomonworkshop.comDigital Matte Painting by Dylan Cole

How to become a designer without going to design school | Karen X. Cheng I got my job as a designer without going to design school. I had hacked together my own design education in 6 months while working a full-time job. I didn’t think I was ready but started applying for jobs anyway – and got a job at a great startup, Exec. To be clear, I’m nowhere near as good as those design prodigies that come out of a 4-year education at an elite school like RISD. Maybe you want to change careers and become a designer full-time. This is a guide to teach yourself design. Update: I first published this blog post over a year ago. Step 1. First, learn how to draw. You don’t have to sit in a room with a bunch of other artists trying to draw a naked woman. Learn graphic design theory Start with the book Picture This. Learn some basics in user experience Learn how to write Here is a sure sign of a bad designer: their mockups are filled with placeholder text like Lorem Ipsum. Step 2. Learn Illustrator Learn Photoshop Step 3. Learn Logo Design Learn Mobile App Design Learn Web Design

Como calcular tu costo por hora (Update 2016) – Diseñadores Gráficos Uno de los post más vistos de este Blog lo es “Como calcular tu precio por hora”. Ese post lo escribí en enero del 2013, hace ya tres años y ¿saben qué? todavía sigue siendo una de las preguntas más frecuentes. Así que creo que es tiempo de escribir otro post donde muestre mi perspectiva sobre el tema en el 2016. Bueno, cualquier diseñador antes de cobrar debe conocer bien cuales son sus metas económicas y estas teniendo en cuenta cuanto gasta para poder diseñar. Equipo: Macbook Pro Precio: $1,500 Tiempo de vida: 36 meses (3 años) Divide $1,500 / 36 = $41.66 Esto mismo hay que hacerlo con cada equipo, es decir Impresora, Scanner, etc. Por otro lado debemos también contemplar la ganancia, una cosa es cuanto te sale a ti lograr diseñar basado en lo que hablamos anteriormente y otra cosa es tener claro cuanto quieres ganarte. Una vez tenemos claro estos totales tenemos que ver cuantas horas estaremos trabajando al año. Ya con esta información calculada. Como usar la calculadora 1. 2. 3.

Don't Leave College Without These 10 Digital Skills Graduation season is upon us, and that means college graduates everywhere are preparing to enter "the real world." But chances are your liberal arts degree, as hard-earned and valuable as it is, doesn't equip you with every digital skill you need. We've put together a short list of fundamental skills that every college graduate should possess, from simply branding yourself online to learning basic coding. They're guaranteed to increase your overall digital know-how, and you can learn them all on your own. Did you graduate college a long time ago, or never attended? Don't worry — it's never too late to learn these skills. 1. These days, most students are lucky enough to go to colleges that already have wireless Internet set up in the dorms. 2. With all those photos of your friends, your music library and a copy of your 40-page thesis, your entire world exists on the hardware of your computer, phone or tablet. 3. 4. Just like photo editing, video editing can come in handy, too. 5. 6. 7.

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GFPPanamá | Tarifas Mínimas Sugeridas Butterick’s Practical Typography This is a bold claim, but I stand be­hind it: if you learn and fol­low these five ty­pog­ra­phy rules, you will be a bet­ter ty­pog­ra­pher than 95% of pro­fes­sional writ­ers and 70% of pro­fes­sional de­sign­ers. (The rest of this book will raise you to the 99th per­centile in both categories.) All it takes is ten min­utes—five min­utes to read these rules once, then five min­utes to read them again. Ready? Go. The ty­po­graphic qual­ity of your doc­u­ment is de­ter­mined largely by how the body text looks. That’s it. Then, if you’re ready for a lit­tle more, try the sum­mary of key rules. If you’re ready for a lot more, start at the fore­word and keep reading. FakeClients - Generate Fake Design Client Briefs for Graphic Designers and Logo Designers

The Elements of Graphic Design Review Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking an intensive look at the elements of design—the basic building blocks of graphic design and composition—through real world examples. It’s great to know the theory, but applying it is where all the knowledge comes together to form a successful design. I presented them in the order I originally did on Creative Curio in the first few posts here. We started off with line. Graphic design element number two was shape. The design element of space can be a simple concept to understand, but not very easy to master. Size and scale are lumped into the same category and it is difficult to talk about one without the other, but they are not the same thing. Texture is a fun element to experiment with and use to bring realism to your designs. Value, in my opinion, is the least considered element of design. Finally, there is color, the most complex of all the elements because of the vast and varied things that different colors can mean.

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