The Graphic Design Thread UPDATE: 1st post filled with info. 2nd with NTer's portfolios.

513
29
Joined
Apr 25, 2005
Though I'm not a graphic designer, I'm not unfamiliar with the field. I suggest some of you take a look at some of Edward Tufte's books. It's not your run-of-the-mill 'Learn Photoshop in 24 Hours' what-have-you. I'm about halfway through "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information" and I've really enjoyed it. It's about how best to display information to convey a message, which is what every graphic designer should know. It has a focus on statistical data, but it'll broaden your horizons, and learning new things won't kill you :smile:

If any of you really want to get ahead of the curve, learn a server-side scripting language and a database (PHP and MySQL are the most popular). The majority of websites today are dynamic, and aren't just static HTML and CSS. You need to know HTML and CSS, but knowing PHP and MySQL will give you a leg up on the competition (you can even learn Javascript if you're feeling adventurous). Download a server package (MAMP, WAMP, or XAMPP) and design websites to your heart's content. Sure, it may seem like a lot, but that's what company's expect these days. Knowing just Photoshop and HTML doesn't really cut it anymore. I've worked with a number of students in my college's School of Design, and most of them know at least one programming language, even if it wasn't a 'web-development' language. For some jobs you'll end up working with programmers, so communication would be easier if you could... speak their language. Even if you are just 'familiar' with the language, it's something you have that others applying for the same job don't, and it will show that you are more versatile than the average candidate.

PHP's syntax is based on C, and pretty much every popular language today is based on C style syntax, so it'll be easy (rather, less difficult) for you to learn new languages should you choose. It won't be a walk in the park, mind you, but the basics of new languages will look familiar almost instantly, even if the rest looks like complete gibberish.

Last thing: I suggest you guys learn the software the pros use. Don't use GIMP, use Photoshop. Don't use Blender, use Maya, ZBrush, 3ds Max, etc. Usually students can get these for discounted prices, and sometimes for free (Autodesk allows students free downloads for Maya, Motionbuilder, 3ds Max, etc.; just go to students.autodesk.com and register). The reason I suggest using these tools is because they really are industry standard. Every professional uses them. However, no matter how good the tool is, it's no substitute for your abilities and hard work. Your skills matter much more than the software you know. Still, at the end of the day, your employer will most likely require you to use a certain software, and it will most likely be some industry-standard software. Is there any real point to learning GIMP after you know Photoshop? If you do end up learning Photoshop after GIMP, you'll just end up having to unlearn one workflow and learn another; hardly worth the effort when you could have learned the 'better' tool to begin with.

http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp
http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_mysql_intro.asp
 
206
78
Joined
Oct 4, 2012
Though I'm not a graphic designer, I'm not unfamiliar with the field. I suggest some of you take a look at some of Edward Tufte's books. It's not your run-of-the-mill 'Learn Photoshop in 24 Hours' what-have-you. I'm about halfway through "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information" and I've really enjoyed it. It's about how best to display information to convey a message, which is what every graphic designer should know. It has a focus on statistical data, but it'll broaden your horizons, and learning new things won't kill you
smile.gif


If any of you really want to get ahead of the curve, learn a server-side scripting language and a database (PHP and MySQL are the most popular). The majority of websites today are dynamic, and aren't just static HTML and CSS. You need to know HTML and CSS, but knowing PHP and MySQL will give you a leg up on the competition (you can even learn Javascript if you're feeling adventurous). Download a server package (MAMP, WAMP, or XAMPP) and design websites to your heart's content. Sure, it may seem like a lot, but that's what company's expect these days. Knowing just Photoshop and HTML doesn't really cut it anymore. I've worked with a number of students in my college's School of Design, and most of them know at least one programming language, even if it wasn't a 'web-development' language. For some jobs you'll end up working with programmers, so communication would be easier if you could... speak their language. Even if you are just 'familiar' with the language, it's something you have that others applying for the same job don't, and it will show that you are more versatile than the average candidate.

PHP's syntax is based on C, and pretty much every popular language today is based on C style syntax, so it'll be easy (rather, less difficult) for you to learn new languages should you choose. It won't be a walk in the park, mind you, but the basics of new languages will look familiar almost instantly, even if the rest looks like complete gibberish.

Last thing: I suggest you guys learn the software the pros use. Don't use GIMP, use Photoshop. Don't use Blender, use Maya, ZBrush, 3ds Max, etc. Usually students can get these for discounted prices, and sometimes for free (Autodesk allows students free downloads for Maya, Motionbuilder, 3ds Max, etc.; just go to students.autodesk.com and register). The reason I suggest using these tools is because they really are industry standard. Every professional uses them. However, no matter how good the tool is, it's no substitute for your abilities and hard work. Your skills matter much more than the software you know. Still, at the end of the day, your employer will most likely require you to use a certain software, and it will most likely be some industry-standard software. Is there any real point to learning GIMP after you know Photoshop? If you do end up learning Photoshop after GIMP, you'll just end up having to unlearn one workflow and learn another; hardly worth the effort when you could have learned the 'better' tool to begin with.

http://www.w3schools.com/php/default.asp
http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_mysql_intro.asp
I always thought GIMP was similar to photoshop? Are they really that drastically different? Plus the only reason I use GIMP is because A) I'm not a photographer so I don't deal with that kind of photo manipulation and B) I'm a cheap college student 
laugh.gif
 
2,043
243
Joined
Jul 18, 2012
488
24
Joined
Sep 13, 2003
i'm glad someone made this thread, i used to love messing around in photoshop and illustrator back in high school. i never seriously considered pursuing it as a career because i figured it wasn't a steady/good income so i went with mechanical engineering instead. did anyone in here actually go to school for graphic design and is currently doing it as a profession? just want to get some insight on what it's like.
 
1,462
65
Joined
Feb 28, 2006
Anybody within the NT fam attending Parsons? Give me a shout, I'll be there this fall for my Master's.
 
7,132
772
Joined
Dec 14, 2007
If anyone wants to help me out with a project with some market research by answering this survey,

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9F7BKPL

It would be greatly appreciated.

Completed. Took me back to my elementary school days of having to go door-to-door looking for donations.

Thanks man. Did you get that other stuff sorted?


If anyone wants to help me out with a project with some market research by answering this survey,

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9F7BKPL

It would be greatly appreciated.

I got you.

Thanks man.
 
7,132
772
Joined
Dec 14, 2007
i'm glad someone made this thread, i used to love messing around in photoshop and illustrator back in high school. i never seriously considered pursuing it as a career because i figured it wasn't a steady/good income so i went with mechanical engineering instead. did anyone in here actually go to school for graphic design and is currently doing it as a profession? just want to get some insight on what it's like.

I know there's a few on NT that are working in the profession.

I'm not sure what it's like in the U.S. but here in Australia the income is pretty steady and it is still a pretty lucrative sector.
 
3,054
1,202
Joined
Jul 30, 2004
I know there's a few on NT that are working in the profession.

I'm not sure what it's like in the U.S. but here in Australia the income is pretty steady and it is still a pretty lucrative sector.

Man Australia, that's so dope. It's really nice to know that NT brings us together.

I just graduated from graphic design dept from VCU this past December. So I want to work in a design studio but I'm currently freelancing. I'll def be pretty active in here. :pimp:
 
1,951
30
Joined
May 2, 2004
This thread could be really dope.

I like to mess around in illy and ps as a hobby here's a few things I've done.
 
Last edited:
7,132
772
Joined
Dec 14, 2007
SEMI-PERMANENT & WHIRLWIND PRINT ARE EXCITED TO BRING YOU TAKE ME HOME POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION & EXHIBITION.

http://semipermanentevents.com/take_me_home/index.html

Take Me Home is a celebration of our home towns, suburbs, cities, villages, or whatever you happen to call Home. You spend your best times at home, have friends and family there, grow into an adult there. Home is what makes you the person you are.

Take Me Home will consist of a Poster Design Competition (Guidelines below) and an exhibition made up of the 20 designs chosen to be exhibited. If you would like to submit please read the Guidelines and submit your work. We look forward to seeing it!
 
Top Bottom