How to become a self-made graphic designer – Getting started!

How to become a self-made graphic designer – Getting started!

It was 3 years ago I started to think about becoming a graphic designer. Well, this is what I’m now. I did not attempt any design school, because I preferred to use the huge amount of resources that the web offers and experiment by myself new techniques. In the following 3 articles I would like to share my experience with all those that approach the graphic design world and provide suggestions on how to find the best resources and how to avoid errors. Today we will talk about the first steps and the importance to study hard and be patient.

The idea to write this article came from some WeGraphics friends, who sent me emails asking to share the experiences that made me a successful graphic designer. But let’s make something clear: even if WeGraphics is a good business and after only 6 months from its birth is my full time job, I don’t consider myself a great graphic designer (aaaabsolutely not!). I still have to work a lot. Having said that, my advices shall not be rules to follow, but simply suggestions.

Here are the three chapters of the series:

#1 – Getting started
#2 – Marketing yourself
#3 – Run your own business

Getting started

getting started

The approach to the design world is something almost natural. Many graphic designers express their creativity since they were children. The changeover from felt-tip to Photoshop is physiological. In my case it was the result of coincidences. During my economic studies at the University I decided to start an online activity. Without any experience in this field I started to ask around about internet website prices. Since I did not have a consistent budget, I decided to create my own website, and with the help of a WYSIWYG* web design software I was able in a couple of month to set up a website aimed at promoting local products. Once completed the project I found that it was more important for me the concept of realization rather than the objects to be sold. Create web sites and interfaces was what I liked.

* What You See Is What You Get

The average age at which kids start to use a computer is becoming lower, that is why I see sometimes great jobs made by fifteen years old guys. In my case starting to use Photoshop at 20 years was almost discouraging at the beginning. But surfing through the net I discovered one of the best graphic designers, who is of mine best preferred still now, Nik Ainley. In his about page Nik says that he decided to be a graphic designer only after he get his university physics degree. Reading this words I learned that there is not an age when you want to study something, the interest and the passion will speed you up.

Go Play

Go Play by Nick Ainley

Exploring the graphic design world…

Nik Ainley works pushed me to explore the graphics world where I discovered the existence of communities that periodically release packages of works developed on specific themes; Depthcore and SlashThree are two of those. What a beautiful and amazing things there are! What heterogeneity of styles! I realized that the graphics is a mean to bring out your feelings with the expression you want to do it without any compromise or limit. Not necessary the fact that we like professional works means we want to be a graphics, it simply is that we have an attitude toward this subject. How many times looking at these beautiful works we ask ourselves: will I ever be able to do things like these? I can tell you that if you already asked yourself this question you got it wrong, any work is the combination of inventiveness and technique. The first you can’t learn but the second yes. I understood I had to acquire technique to be able to express my creativity.


At this point having my goal of learning Photoshop very clear I started to check into the web if there were some tutorials published in Italian sites. With the exception of few interesting informations there wasn’t a lot. Much more I found when I extended my search throughout the English sites. Fortuitously I found Psdtuts which is actually the Photoshop world best site. I started to follow the tutorials edited by Collis Ta’eed the founder of what has become during the last 4 years the best educational network of creativity related blogs, along with other great initiatives. Collis taught me three important things, first the Photoshop fundamentals, second that the graphics is not Photoshop and third that a myriad of business can be developed with the graphics. The last thing was what convinced me that this passion could be easily transformed in a profession.

It that period blogs and WordPress were expanding a lot. Most of the designers use their knowledge to set up a business on line. Despite my raising passion for the graphic, being a student of economics, I had a special attention for the “economic aspect” of the design industry. In particular my attention was captured by David Leggett of tutorial9 and Fabio Sasso of Abduzeedo. They are both great designers and their sites are still well appreciated in the design world. What I liked of David was the ability to publish interesting topics always object of search by utilizers. His tutorials were short, easily understandable and very helpful. Teaching Photoshop techniques and photography along with web design in general David was able to create a big community in a very short time. Fabio instead taught me many techniques to create Photoshop works able to capture the attention of the visitor. His tutorials still today are font of inspiration for many designers. Besides the graphic study I felt that was growing in me the need to share my knowledge, but I knew it was not still the time.

Study, study, study!

As already said graphics is not Photoshop. Again it is the marriage of technique and creativity. Technique is fundamental thereby if you wish to become a graphic it will be not sufficient to know how to use Photoshop or Illustrator nor be able to draw beautiful images on a piece of paper, you need to study. And thanks God internet provides an infinity of resources.

Below is one of my first experiments. You can see there’s creativity…but not much technique.


nudity - one of my first experiments

I do not want to debate about what is better to do between attending a school design or learn by yourself. Italy does not offer good institutes for design, and not having the possibility to go out in another state to study I can say I have been forced to proceed by myself. Obviously studying at home, and just you is not stimulating like being into a class with other persons that have your same passion. But I can say that in this field friendship opportunity will come do not worry.

Let’s talk know of the technical aspect of the study. It can be divided in two parts: theory and practice. The theoretical field includes the study of the colors, the typography, the importance of the logos, the brand identity, the style, the interaction with the user and many other aspects. The practice instead mostly deals with softwares and how to use them. I will suggest to study at the same time both theory and practice.

The interest and the passion will speed you up.

In order to help you during your course I collected a group of resources you can utilize such as books or web sites. Organize your days like real students; 2 hours fully dedicated to study typography, 1 hour about Photoshop tutorials, a break of half hour and keep going this way. If you really wish to become graphic professional do not waste your time on computer only being on Facebook or playing video games. Discipline is very important.


The culture is relevant but unfortunately has costs. Like previously said Internet is helpful but it is good to leave the computer sometimes to read a book on the same matter. Here following there is a list you can buy on Amazon:

Note: No affiliate links;-)

  1. Meggs’ History of Graphic Design
    As you can not be a lawyer without having studied the Roman laws, or be a politician without having studied the story of the parties, you can not be a graphic designer without having studied the story of the design.This book represents a need for this matter. In its fourth edition it continues the tradition of providing balanced insight and thorough historical background. This authoritative book offers expansive coverage of such topics such as Italian, Russian and Dutch design. It reveals a saga of creative innovators, breakthrough technologies and important design innovation.
  2. Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field
    This book presents groundbreaking, primary texts from the most important historical and contemporary design thinkers. It is organized in three sections: “Creating the Field” traces the evolution of graphic design over the course of the early 1900s, including influential avant-garde ideas of futurism, constructivism, and the Bauhaus; “Building on Success” covers the mid- to late twentieth century and considers the International Style, modernism, and postmodernism; and “Mapping the Future” opens at the end of the last century and includes current discussions on legibility, social responsibility, and new media.
  3. Art as Experience
    Based on John Dewey’s lectures on esthetics, delivered as the first William James Lecturer at Harvard in 1932, Art as Experience has grown to be considered internationally as the most distinguished work ever written by an American on the formal structure and characteristic effects of all the arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and literature.
  4. How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
    This book offers guidance on employment options straight out of college; setting up as a freelancer, establishing a firm, finding and keeping clients, pitching and generally doing good works.
  5. Color by Betty Edwards: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors
    This book explains how to: see what is really there rather than what you “know” in your mind about colored objects, perceive how light affects color, and how colors affect one another, manipulate hue, value, and intensity of color and transform colors into their opposites, balance color in still-life, landscape, figure, and portrait painting, understand the psychology of color, harmonize color in your surroundings.
  6. Itten: The Elements of Color: A Treatise on the Color System of Johannes Itten
    A useful simplification and condensation of Johannes ltten’s major work. The Art of Color, this book covers subjective feeling and objective color principles in detail. It presents the key to understanding color in ltten’s color circle and color contrasts.
  7. Thinking with Type
    Young designer often make a confusion thinking that typography and font are the same. In reality typography is totally another field such important that Ellen Lupton consider it like a science, and conduct a deep study of the most basic designers’ challenge: “The organization of letters on a blank page”.
  8. Logo, Font & Lettering Bible
    This book is a comprehensive guide to the design, construction and usage of alphabets and simbols.
  9. Designing Logos: The Process of Creating Symbols That Endure
    What makes a logo good? What makes it bad? What makes it great? In this comprehensive guide, learn what it takes to create an enduring symbol. The entire process of logo design is examined, from the initial client interview to brainstorming, from first presentation to delivery of the final standards manual.


Being updated is a must, so very often I check my feed rss and read articles. Something you shall never forget is the time managing. Make a selection of web sites to follow. Read high quality articles only do not waste your time with never end lists.
For example if a site will publish an article titled ” 30 best photoshop tutorial” okay read it, but if they will continue only editing these type of article forget it.

Here is a list of my preferred sites on graphic design:


It is one of the most inspirational sites for designers. It is updated continuously on daily basis. The variety of topics they deal with run from exploring the graphic world, publishing tutorials to the discovery of new design talents. Fabio Sasso, the founder, is still full active in creating resources and awesome tutorials.

sites to follow


This is the blog of the talented motion designer Alexander Alexandrov. This blog is rich of video tutorials that explain in details how to create 3D scenes in 4D Cinema and After Effects. To be visited if you are projecting to access the 3D graphic world.

sites to follow

David Airey’s Blog

The portfolio of the well known graphic designer David Airey offers interesting ideas and quality contents. Specifically David treats about logo design and design marketing.

sites to follow


It is a recent blog which is growing up fast. It is managed by Jacob Gube the founder of SixRevisions. It is highly suggested for young designers that want to deal with a vast audience, and is an opportunity to learn new design techniques.

sites to follow


This web site contains many exceptional informations for vectorial graphic. Jeff Finley and other cool guys of GoMedia have their unique style which shows up in their articles as long as their famous works.

sites to follow


It is absolutely the most important Photoshop site in the world. Founded by Collis Ta’eed is today a huge multi-author machine with thousands of interesting tutorials.

sites to follow


It is the blog of Chris Spooner and proposes fantastic tutorials often focalized on Illustrator techniques. Chris is always seeking for new methods that after shares with his followers.

sites to follow

The Design Cubicle

This blog was founded and is managed by Brian Hoff. It is mainly focused on logo design and brand identity.

sites to follow


Founded by David Leggett as a blog for the publication of useful photoshop tutorials and unique graphic resources. It has been recently turned into a community where designers can share top-quality articles and informations.

sites to follow


This Ryan Putman creature seems to be the place for those that like Illustrator and vectorial graphic. Its tutorials simply fantastic.

sites to follow


It’s the Psdtuts sister, focused on Adobe Illustrator. Here you can find hundreds of tutorials for any level of competence and preference.

sites to follow

WeGraphics blog

I could not miss our blog in the list. Here at WeGraphics we are not only specialized in the creation of superb quality design resources, we also share our knowledge throughout our blog. Here you can find a lot of inspirational articles along with outstanding Photoshop tutorials.

sites to follow

Be patient!

Studying is as necessary as frustrating. The problem is that it is hard to convert our ideas into digital forms. But what seems to be a limit shall be a spur to gain our goal. Remember tutorials only teach you the basics then all the rest is left to you to realize. Experimenting new techniques and using acquired knowledge you will be able to obtain improvable results.

With the time you will realize that keeping to follow tutorial has no sense. At this point a phase of emulation is natural. Do you like a particular work? Well try to remake it with your personal style. There is nothing wrong about learning from others unless it is only a repeated copy without creating something original. Time ago I wrote an article about this matter: How to turn inspiration from others into personal works.

Reaching your own style is a natural process. There is not a written method to follow. You will realize that there are techniques, a use of colors and in general a way to do that with the time will become part of you. Same thing is for the style. it shall be something that dynamically evolves. Do not disdain, after years of work, to follow a tutorial if you think you can learn something new and interesting.

With that said now you can understand the reason of the title of this paragraph. Before starting to work and have profit from you need to study a lot. Be patient and manage the time you have and you see the results will arrive.

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  1. Penso che la qualità italiana dovrebbe avere un occhio di riguardo per la community nazionale. Dunque perché non pubblicare una versione non tradotta di questo articolo, permettendo di beneficiarne anche a tutti i vostri connazionali che non hanno molta dimestichezza con la lingua inglese?

    Se ci pensate, la blog-sphere made in italy dedicata al grahpic design è povera di contenuti tanto validi. Ed è un vero peccato.

  2. Kudos to you for being entirely self-taught. This is a good read and looking forward to the next in the series.

    • We will publish the second chapter the next week. I’m glad you appreciate the article Wayne

      • I cannot tell a lie, that really hedple.

  3. You mentioned earlier that you have been working on this for a while, well it definitely shows because this article is top notch. Great work!

  4. Jennifer

    LOVE THIS SITE, thanks for this posting, I’m sure I’ll be referring to it ALOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I feel very identified with your situation. I try to be a graphic designer via internet. I’m studying Advertising. I have yet much to learn about design and color theory.
    Thanks a lot to share this lines.

  6. very helpful article

  7. This spoke to me so much! Great ideas, advice and resources. Thank you!!!

  8. Simply great article..! thanks for sharing..

  9. Thanks guys, I’m very very happy you’ve enjoyed this reading. If you have suggestions on some points you’d like to go in depth, just leave a comment and I will include them in the next article.

  10. Thanks so much for this!!! it really helps me!

  11. Thanks for the write up – very inspirational :)

  12. Thanks for the writer

  13. Great article – we’re looking to start our own design firm specializing in a new niche. I’m more of the business guy, but forwarding this article to our design team. Looking forward to part 2.


  14. What an inspiring read – thank you. It’s reading articles like these that keep me going as I just get started on my journey. It reminds me that my goal *is* achievable. Many thanks again.

  15. great job! very helpful and informative article.. I’ve been looking for this kind of article. I’ll share this and recommend to my friends who have talent in graphic designing. This is already very helpful for web designers.. making quality designs means a lot of money. It’s really nice to earn money while enjoying your skills in designing. Is it ok if I recommend a site? This site,bidstornado, can be a great help to make your designs be known to people and you can earn money from it. Check it out. Thanks.

  16. But great article! Really motivating. Waiting for the next posts.

  17. Bruno

    What a lovely, great, huge article! And full of motivation! Thanks Sebastiano, I always asked myself where to start, particularly which books (you can’t have all of them!) and this is a really nice start point.
    And I LOVE wegraphics…. textured design, letterpress, whitespaces, the colors…. everything is such a great source of inspiration…! Thanks!!

    BTW, ho visto lo scambio di battute con Gabriele a inizio commenti : effettivamente ha ragione, magari posso dare una mano se combinate qualcosa… Certo, il tempo è quello che è e io sarei ufficialmente un developer, ma qualche minuto lo si trova, no? L’e-mail ce l’hai…!

  18. Very useful post, I’m waiting for the other two

  19. Truly inspirational and greatly motivating, thanks for sharing buddy….

  20. Hi Sebastiano, thank you for your post. Your article has given me great hope of becoming a self-made graphic designer. I also hope not to be too on late!
    Please have a look on my blog if you can.

    Ogni suggerimento sarà ben gradito ^__^
    A proposito di dove sei? Non sono riuscita a trovare l’info sul blog :P


    • Hi Ester, I’m very glad to help young graphic designers like you by providing useful info and motivating articles :)
      As I wrote in the post, it’s never too late to start learning something, if there’s a strong passion.

      Ho visto il tuo blog, molto carino! Io sono di Napoli. Se ci sono dei punti che vorresti approfondire nel prossimo articolo, scrivi pure


      • sara

        sebastiano can u help me

  21. Great article and ressources !
    Best advice is to be patient ( and self discipline ): it fits for every fields and for every project !
    Not a designer myself but I enjoy learning a lot a things ;)

    Keep going !


  23. I love this post because it is literally all of the info I have gathered myself over the past 3 years in an attempt to enter the industry and study as a student at a University. I am currently contemplating “dropping out” to do exactly this. I feel I can learn a TON of info that is not only more useful but more targeted toward what I want to do with my designs. Finally… someone that understands!!! :D

  24. Jeff

    As someone who is new to the industry, I am constantly looking for things to help me improve and grow. The first installment of this series will be very helpful. I look forward to reading the 2nd installment – which is already in my RSS feed! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  25. Really useful post, thanks for share

  26. Great website you got man. Your post really inspired me to make my own website and keep on designing. Thanks!

  27. David Asumendi

    Hi Sebastiano,

    I didn’t know about some of the listed books. Months ago I began to read them and they are fantastic. Really your post has inspired me.

    Thanks for sharing all of this great stuff!

  28. Leandro

    Hi nice article….But i have a drawing skills are not good. Can i be a graphics design?

    • aman

      yes u can be a graphic designer even if your drawing skills r not good enough…just do proper hardwork and work with full dedication

  29. Leandro

    Hi nice article….But i have a drawing skills are not good. I mean can i be a graphics designer?

  30. My story is very similar to yours. I now have Masters degree in financing and financing law, but my true passion is in web design.

    Love your site!

  31. You own a great talent of writing.Best of luck and keep going.And yes i have book mark your site .

  32. Kirit

    Amazing website!

  33. Badar

    Very Very nice article to read its really helpful for new comers.

  34. syu

    great article and i love the site so much ~
    im just begin studying design, it helps a lot !
    thank you~

  35. Dear Brother Sebastiano, Absolutely brilliant…a great source of precious guidance for beginners like’ve been a Guiding Light…All the more power to you. Looking forward to more such pearls of wisdom from you. Cheers !

  36. Rabia

    Great article!
    I have just finished my school and was wondering what career to pursue. I am good at sketching. I thought of becoming a Graphic designer because I really like vector designs . But whenever I see these designs I wonder will I be able to create such things. Then I step back and think I cannot be graphic designer.
    After reading your article I found my answer. Everyone learns from the work of others and copying there work at beginning is not wrong. I hope one day I will be able to create stunning Designs.
    Thanks for your article!

  37. Ravi Sharma

    I am really inspired lots with yours article thanks :)

  38. alex

    Very nice article, I really enjoyed reading it thank you for sharing.

    Regards from Colombia!

  39. cindrella

    very nice article….

  40. Melissa

    Hi Sebastiano, I wonder if you will even see this. But in reference to what you said that Italy does not offer good design programmes. What about the Florence design academy or Florence institute of design? I am interested in pursuing a graphic design career in conjuction with my photography. Do know anything about these schools and their quality of teaching? Grazie.

  41. Jarvis

    Hi five man!
    I’ve been looking for such a podcast for long to know how to really set this business that is first from a passion and I just find here..GREAT,Thnk n keepon touch

  42. Jane

    Hey! Thank you so much for this :). For the first time since a very long time I actually believe that I can do this by myself. Poland doesn’t offer good graphic design schools and studying abroad is out of question so… THANK YOU, for the inspiration and the sources :)

    • aman

      hey jane i also had same experience like your,,but my hardwork and dedication to my work sharpen my skills ,, you can contact me in whatsapp : +918800562346 ,,i would love to see your work,,

  43. Mizo

    I have almost no knowledge in graphic design. And for a very long time I wanted to be a graphic designer, and every time I start looking around for a place to start, I fail.
    But this article is the place to start! So thank you very much for your hard work on this, I’ll begin following your steps for sure! ;D

  44. Marianna

    grazie!!!!!!! questo blog e’ utilissimo!!!! :D

  45. Aly

    I want to become a graphic designer. I feel pressured to go to college for a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, but that is very expensive. Is it necessary to do this? I want to make a career out of it, but not be up to my ears in debt. Do you think that I could really be a graphic designer using your tips? Learning and studying on my own?

  46. Walik ingram

    Hi you doing sebastiano my name is walik and I am in the process of becoming a self made graphic designer. My main goal is to become one of the great designers that you mentioned in your article as well as yourself. I just wanted to thank you for your information on how to become a selfmade graphic designer, it’s really become a big help for me.

  47. Ciao Sebastiano,
    I have been reading your page for a while and the information you share seems to come from the heart. Anyone who shares much knowledge and beauty is commendable. I am a novice artist and slowly learning about digital arts and fter reading your page I have inspiration to learn more.
    It seems it was meant for me and all the other good people who have been commenting on your blog to cross paths with you.
    Please keep up the good work and God bless.
    A new friend of yours,
    Muhammed Baterdouk
    Wayne, NJ, US.

  48. Karina

    Hi Sebastiano,

    I read your work and I understand what you are saying and trying to tell. But I need a little bit of personal advice.
    I have studied as a graphic designer in high school and I have a bachelor degree in visual arts. So I would say the other way I am clear with the theory side of the graphic art. The unfortunate thing in all of my studies is when I studied graphic design in high school we didn’t have much of facility to learn anything about photoshop, meaning I am able to plan and design a banner or logo but only manually (of course at the time I didn’t have much interest in them as I loved drawing and exploring much better, but all my other classmates who had facilities at home lately became succesful graphic designers as yourself).
    As I finished my studies with a little dead end road (I completed a master degree in History), now I’m ready to go back to my roots and continue my studies to be a graphic designer.
    Well, and after all this lovely long intro I would like to ask you what would be the first step to do? How would you start? Mac or Windows? So many things from the basic…

    Thanks for your advice

  49. vi

    Hi thank you for your article it help me a lot to decide if i will pursue to become a graphic designer, ..its funny coz i work as an accountant, but i still want to try a new field.. i want to design..its my pssion i guess..again thank you very much.

  50. Sana Kazmi

    Hi Sebastiano,

    I did my MBA recently, but i was so creative since m childhood, i read your article, it really arose me for going for something that can make me happy while on work. i really appreciate your article. thanks for such a nice Guides and advices. i just wanna ask that i have to started it ,.”Become a Graphic Designer” so, from where i should do start? windows, MAC, any Specific Photoshop, or graphic software, etc? because i really don’t know about that so much. i’ll be glad if you can guide me more.

  51. Hi Sebastiano,

    You mentioned

    “Organize your days like real students; 2 hours fully dedicated to study typography, 1 hour about Photoshop tutorials, a break of half hour and keep going this way.”

    Are you referring to full-time self-study (3 hours of study followed by a half hour break for the whole day) or you allocated 3 hours with a half hour break between the 2 sessions each day?

    Thank you for your time.


  52. Remi


    This is a great starting point, Thanks for the encouragement. Graphic design is something that I have enjoyed and often wondered if I could do something likewise and what would it take. Despite very little experience with Photoshop I was able to work my way using tutorials and build a library for images (product shots for my previous employer)

    This article is very encouraging, Thanks Sebastiano for sharing your thoughts so well.

    From Singapore :)

  53. Cestro Makarov

    Your page was excellent and ill be sure to recomend it to all my graphic pows! :)

  54. Thanks for the tips, this will be a big help for newbies like me :)

  55. Karthikeyan

    Hi sebastiano,This is My first day and first step into graphic designing…..I read your write up after been referred by my friend….
    Trust me, you have given me a BIG hope and scope…
    Thanks a lot

  56. rifa

    Hey there!!
    Just finished reading this. Gonna follow your footprints !! Really interested in Graphic designing and being from Political sci. Feild i’m going to need alot of self studying too :D
    bookmarked this. Will be following this article for self help :)
    thankyou .

  57. I just came across your blog and I must say that it is a very interesting read!
    Even if a person had the opportunity to go to a graphic school, that still would not be enough!
    There is still a need for a whole lot of experimentation and interaction with others in the same field that would help you to progress beyond the norm.
    And I agree the Internet that offer some very fabulous resources.
    Thanks for sharing

  58. Thomas Munguya

    Wow!!what a motivational and encouraging article…Before reading this i felt like giving up cause there is just too much to learn about graphics,but thanks to you sebastiano for this wonderful article which has given me the motivation to continue learning and practicing graphic designing..

  59. Oksana

    Thank you!!! This article is great motivation to work and be creative!!! thanks a looot!!

  60. hy dear, im grateful to you for this your great job that have paved the way for me about graphic design. waiting for the next.

  61. Sonia

    Ciao Sebastiano,

    Grazie per questi consigli, sono una neo mamma di quasi 40 anni e sinceramente son un po’ scoraggiata visto la mia eta’ e tutti questi ragazzi giovani che fanno lavori incredibili.
    ho sempre adorato disegnare e creare e da poco mi son affacciata al mondo del graphic designer e vorrei iniziare una nuova carriera in questo campo. Non ho modo di frequentare una scuola e cmq ho sempre imparato da autodidatta . Studiando una media di 5 ore al giorno secondo te in quanti anni posso pensare di concludere qualcosa;)? Grazie per i consigli.

  62. Jamie Write

    Here’s more info on how to start off.

  63. I really like these information and guidance of graphics designing.This article really helpful for me and all the graphics designers.So in future you really post these kinds of articles.Keep it up.

  64. Learner

    wt exactly do u mean wen u say “technique”??

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  66. Patito

    Thank you to share graphic knowledge and experience. Good luck.

  67. Olivia

    Interesting article but should be proofread!

  68. This article is definitely inspiring. I am a self teaching designer myself (although I still am light years behind you, ) but its helps to hear someone in the same situatuation as myself has become so successful. Thanks for this

  69. Manisha

    Your article gives inspiration to beginner. As I am also a beginner in this field and get very much influence by you.

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  71. Rama

    Thank you so much , this is very inspiring , I, myself graduated with a degree in economics, but I feel that this is what I want to do . maybe its not too late to give it a try .. Thnx again you gave me a huge push

  72. Hi there! This article could not be written much better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous
    roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this.
    I am going to send this information to him.
    Pretty sure he’ll have a great read. I appreciate you for sharing!

  73. Robin

    I’m Inspired…for so long i have been thinking were to start to be a good graphics designer..u hav given me some inroads..thanks.

  74. This is inspiring because design schools in the US cost more than what the profession pays!

  75. Good article. I’m thinking about getting into Graphic Artistry.

  76. Alex Stevens Muwonge

    This has been a great and encouraging message.I studied textile technology at university but passionate about design.
    Am purely self taught, i have made some money from my creations, only that i get a feeling i would be better if i attended a real class.

    What would you advise?

    • Yuuki

      Interest will conquer classes ^^

      • None can doubt the veiacrty of this article.

  77. Hayley

    Now I have the motivation to pursue my dream!

  78. No sabes lo útil que me ha sido esta publicación, al igual que tu, me encuentro en la misma situación, vivo en República Dominicana y aquí no hay buenas escuela de Diseño Gráfico y no he sabido por donde empezar a aprender. Muchísimas Gracias!

  79. QuadKTG

    Thank you, Thank you very much for making this post :)

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  81. Raffel

    Where to start first – photoshop or Illustrator ?

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  83. Unknown Girl

    Tank you so so much, it ‘s helpful!

    I was thinking since few months to learn that because i love it and need it

    Your article is so motivating now!

  84. Unknown Girl

    And btw whenever i ask my co workers graphic designer about learning that , they all made it seem IMPOSSIBLE to me to learn lol

    Now i think they re afraid! because i will do it :)

  85. Anya

    Sono una ragazza di 20 anni al suo primo anno di scienze politiche e relazioni internazionali. Iniziando l’ universitá il sogno di diventare una graphic design stava svanendo.. ora che ho letto che è possibile studiarla da soli, comincerò a farlo. Non è mai tardi per inseguire i nostri sogni giusto?!

    Grazie di avermi dato una speranza :’)

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  87. Yuuki

    Unbelivable. Im trying to get myself into the field of art. I really love arts. Its satisfy me just to look at them. But i just do not know why,,, once i touch my computer and trying to do some art.. i became lazy. Hmm.. thats frustrating…

  88. Regina


    Thank you so much for this article. I am currently taking a graphic design certification class and teaching myself how to draw in 3d. I’m glad that your article recommended different books and websites to further educate myself. I live in Dubai now but am moving back to Italy in a couple years and am interested in starting my own design company.

    Thanks for the inspiration and check out my blog to view my progress!!


  89. Ali

    One of the best posts on how to learn graphics Design wihtout Uni!

    However I would humbly ask.. can you make it a bit more clear as to the order of the books you read?

    Those sites you mentioned..theres a WORLD of material in each.. Where do we start?

    i.e can you lay it out 1,2,3,4 in a more systematic order?

    That would be awesome!

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  92. Cindy


    Great article and insights. I am currently taking classes and want to become more focused on the direction I will be taking. There is so much info out there that it is overwhelming. Thank you for breaking it down bit by bit and being so real. I love your honesty and transparency.

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  96. Asma

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  97. Very informative and detailed post. For the longest time, I have always been interested in art, but as I grew up, I realized that it was very difficult to study art as a profession in the sense that it didn’t seem very practical in terms of the amount of dedication it requires in relation to the employment and wage statistics. But with digital arts and growing convinience of the internet; it offers a wide range of possibilities and opportunities to cultivate this passion and still make money. At the age of 22, I have decided to dedicate myself into learning the basics of graphic design as well as web design which are. Thank you for a very inspiring and useful post! I will definitely check out the links.

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  109. Very good post. I’m experiencing some of these issues as well..

  110. Fatimah

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  111. bhanuprakash

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  112. Hi there
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    But can you give some structure?
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    Thanks again for the post!

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  115. Jenise

    Ok I get all this. But still doesn’t help if you don’t have the money to buy the resources you need. Like Idk say… a computer? Adobe Photoshop software? Other miscellaneous expenses that you might need? If you make a certain amount that covers bills and food expenses….. then what?

  116. Penny

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  121. abubakar khan

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  123. Sahrudaya

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