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how to be an graphic design student?


so you want to become a graphic design student, eh? Well there are a few things that we have to do... first you will need the outfit. once you turn this page, there is no going back...


*/graphic design_male. */BASEBALL CAP - BECAUSE YOU ARE HIPSTER AND HAVE TO FOLLOW TOPMAN'S TRENDS.

*/graphic design_female. */WOOLIE HAT - BECAUSE ITS TOO EALRY IN THE MORNING TO DO YOUR HAIR AND YOU THINK APPEARENCE DOES NOT MATTER, BUT SORRY HONEY! IT DOES.

*/SHIRT WITH THE TOP BUTTON FASTENED. - BECAUSE YOU NEED TO LOOK LIKE YOU ARE SMARTER THAN YOU ACTUALLY ARE.

*/ZIP HOODIE'S

*/GENERIC HIPSTER T-SHIRT. - BUY A GENERIC TOP THAT USAULLY HAS SOME WRITING SUCH AS: "GEEK" OR "YOLO" AS IT IS THE COOL THING TO BE.

- BECAUSE YOU ARE TRYING TO LOOK LIKE MANNEQUIN FROM RIVER ISLAND.

*/CHINO'S - AS A GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENT. YOU NEED TO SEE WHATS IN THE PRIMARK AND GO AND BUY IT AS PRIMARK IS THE "TOP DOG" FOR FASHION.

*/SKINNY JEANS - PURCHASE SOME SKINNY JEANS AND DELIBERATELY MAKE YOURSELF THE EXACT COPY OF A TOPSHOP MANNEQUIN.

*/vANS TRAINERS.

*/vANS TRAINERS.

- pURCHASE YOUR SELF A PAIR OF BRIGHTLY COLOURED VANS AND THEN THE REST OF YOUR CLASS WILL THINK THAT YOUR "COOL".

- pURCHASE YOUR SELF A PAIR OF BRIGHTLY COLOURED VANS AND THEN THE REST OF YOUR CLASS WILL THINK THAT YOUR "COOL".


now you have the gear...

let's see what equipment you will need...


*/GRAPHIC DESIGN_backpack. purchase a backpack. make sure there is storage for your macbook that you will have to buy to be the "best" graphic design student.


*/GRAPHIC DESIGN_macbook. get your mum and dad to spend their money that was for the new extension for the house for instead a macbook for your education. tell them it will be worth it. p.s while your on the apple site; ask for adobe creative suite to be installed on the macbook.


*/GRAPHIC DESIGN_printer. purchase a printer so that you can print all your wonderful computer based artwork onto different types of paper. save some money each month so you can afford ink for it. P.S their is a lot of printing .


*/GRAPHIC DESIGN_scanner. BUY A SCANNER SO THAT YOU CAN START SCANNING IN YOUR DRAWINGS TO THEN TO BE CHANGED IN PHOTOSHOP / ILLUSTRATOR. P.S YOUR IMAGE AFTER BEING IN THE ADOBE PACKAGE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN.


*/GRAPHIC DESIGN_camera. BUY A CAMERA TO START RECORDING GALLERY EXHIBITIONS AND TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS. YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU WILL NEED THEM.


*/GRAPHIC DESIGN_drawing tablet. PURCHASE A DRAWING TABLET SO IT IS EASIER TO DRAW YOUR DESIGNS ONTO ILLUSTRATOR. USING A TRACKPAD OR A MOUSE DOES GET ANNOYING.


*/GRAPHIC DESIGN_LIGHTBOX. BUY A LIGHTBOX. THIS WILL LET YOU TRACE ROUND IMAGES PRINTED OFF GOOGLE TO ADD YOUR OWN CREATIVE STYLE TO THE ORIGINAL IMAGE.


*/GRAPHIC DESIGN_SCALPEL & CUTTING MAT. PURCHASE A DRAWING TABLET SO IT IS EASIER TO DRAW YOUR DESIGNS ONTO ILLUSTRATOR. USING A TRACKPAD OR A MOUSE DOES GET ANNOYING.


NOW YOU HAVE THE EQUIPMENT...

LETS SEE HOW YOU CAN BECOME A GRAPHIC DESIGNER...


*/1 CHOOSE AN AREA OF GRAPHIC DESIGN. NARROW YOUR FOCUS TO WHAT IS APPEALING TO YOU.

Illustration Typography Animation Photography Digital/web design Printmaking Textile design Information design Interaction design Fine art/visual arts Advertising/art direction


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PURCHASE BOOKS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN.

Get involved with the design community.

such as this one.

put yourself out there.

(hint)

see what other people are doing.


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DEVELOP YOUR STYLE.

DO WHAT YOU LOVE. <3 MAKE YOUR WORK YOUR OWN. DO WHAT YOU WANT.


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Study the pros.

RESEARCH FONTS.

LOOK AT DESIGNERS IN MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS.

UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF TYPE.

DON'T LIMIT YOURSELF. LOOK EVERYWHERE FOR INSPIRATION.

LOOK INTO WHAT MAKES 'GOOD' TEXT.


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DEVELOP A UNIQUE STYLE.

Gather interesting designs.

YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SEE YOUR DESIGNS AND REALISE ITS YOUR WORK. BECOME ORIGINAL.

COLLECT OBJECTS. POSTCARDS AND IMAGES THAT EXCITE AND INSPIRE YOU. STUDY THEM.


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Don’t throw any of your work away.

Redesign other people’s work.

KEEP IT. ONCE YOUR READY TO LOOK AT IT. QUESTION IT. WHAT WORKED? WHAT DIDN'T?

SEE A PIECE OF BAD DESIGN? TAKE A PHOTO. REWORK IT FOR FUN.


YOU ARE NOW READY FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN. GOOD LUCK. */BR brendanreilly93@live.co.uk


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