Becoming a Graphic Designer

Part 1: Becoming a Graphic Designer

Here as promised on my website (forbesy.org) I was going to reveal to you some of the things which began my online graphic design training. Many of you will already know some of what I will tell you but those who don't know I hope this is helpful and may save you time and maybe you will find exactly what you are looking for in the online design startups.

Some brief background into who I am. I was born in South Africa and was extremely fortunate to have completed a tertiary education at Rhodes University where I obtained a undergrad social science degree, Majoring in Philosophy and Organizational Psychology. I am newly marriage to a wonderful lady and we both live in Switzerland. She is Swiss and we met on a Safari where I was her safari guide.

I have always thought of myself as a creative person. I began to see that there are many ways in which you can express your creativity. For me, I believe and many others it was graphic design.

At first I was completely overwhelmed and I simply bumbled my way through it. I also did not want to invest a lot of money in something that I initially didn’t think I could do.

My first real break through came with Inkscape. Download it! Its free! It was a great introduction to what it would really be like to be a graphic designer. It was very frustrating initially as I had no previous experience with the program. Put in the work people it will pay off.

The next bit of advice. If you have never used these programs, like I had, try get some training. I still to this day haven’t spoken to anyone in the flesh about how to operate these programs. But you know what there are online teachers. In walked Nick Saporito. Not literally but his youtube channel popped up on a search I did. That Channel is the single reason why I got into the business.

So there are my first two tips for those who are just starting out with their graphic design career.

1. Inkscape

2. Nick Saporito

P.S

There are many ways to this but I am just sharing with you my journey so far.

More to come: Next Adobe Illustrator.

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