My interest in graphic design started in 1995 when I pursued a career change after 13 years in the picture framing industry. I had opportunity to go back to school and discovered my love for typography, which led me to pursue a career in graphic design. At the time, the graphics industry was changing from traditional to digital, so I learned to work in both mediums. Although I have great respect for those who worked in traditional methods, I’m grateful I now to work in digital.
As I finished my schooling, I entered the graphics industry through the “back door” of printing. The printing industry was also changing from traditional to digital, and today printing is entirely different. I worked in pre-press, preparing digital files received from graphic designers, and learned what to do and not do in creating design projects for print. I also learned how to photo manipulate images, giving them an improved look, or eliminating elements all together.
The printing company I worked for provided the opportunity for me to work on any design projects that became available. I’m excited to say I’ve now been in the graphic design industry for over 17 years. I’ve worked for some terrific people, in addition to doing my own freelance work.
In 2002, I decided to go back to school and learn web design. Web design is very different from printing, with all different standards and programs to learn. There are also variable factors to consider like browser compatibility, display settings, and search engine optimization. A web design can look beautiful, but it needs to be functional, and for those visiting, a pleasant experience where they can find what they need quickly and efficiently.
I would say that one of the most interesting aspects of graphic and web design is they can be applied to any business, service, place, or person providing an opportunity to learn about an array of different areas.