Posted 21.07.2016 @ 5.13PM
If you only have 2yrs or less, then apply for junior roles. Hopefully find a place that has another designer who can guide & mentor you.
2nd point i'll make is you cannot have experience in everything. Design covers a broad area and it can takes years to build solid experience.
3rd point - Often you learn things on the job. Uni teaches you only so much. Design skills take time to develop. The technical stuff (software) is always changing so be prepared to be a sponge.
Posted 06.07.2016 @ 5.42PM (Edited 06.07.2016 @ 5.43PM)
::but you at least get SOME PAY::
some of the intern jobs are advertised as "volunteer" so at times there is NO pay.
::I think sites like AIF should take a stance::
they seem more interested in taking $30 than taking a stance. sad!
Posted 05.07.2016 @ 7.35PM
I don't believe in unpaid internships and at least here in the UK I think the educational establishments are to blame.
My niece was studying Fashion Graphic Design and part of the course demanded her to do an internship to pass.
These were like rocking horse shit and she had to go to London for hers.
It was at a big fashion house and rather than being baby-sitted, she ended up working as the PA to the owner who gave his name to the company .
She did everything, booking his flights and hotels and pretty much wiping his arse at the age of 19.
This cost my sister about £750GBP a month in accommodation plus living expenses over the six months so "unpaid" is just the tip of the iceberg.
When I was back at college, we were expected to do a "work placement" in our final year (4 days a week).
I ended up being placed in two. One as a screen printer and the other as a print finisher.
Both these were just like factory work with nothing to do with design at all but I had to do it to pass.
Internships are hard to come by and often students end up doing things that are in no way connected to Design so what do they learn?
How to work full time for bugger all?
Apart from very few examples I think they are exploitative and a waste of time and money especially considering the cost of college/Uni fees today.
I'm with @DAN on this one and I think sites like AIF should take a stance.
Posted 12.04.2016 @ 12.57PM
@JohnH, yes - you're going to feel really slow and really out of your depth for at least the first two years out of uni. The only way to get around this is to keep making things, and to talk to others about how they make things - take what they do well and incorporate it into your workflow.
I didn't learn about EDMs at uni, it was all about Macromedia Director in the multimedia classes I took (and they were elective). What I've learnt is on the job, via reading Sitepoint books and reading the Campaign Monitor and Sitepoint forums. @Dan is right - you'll keep learning throughout your career. It will continue to feel as uncomfortable as it does now, but your foundation of understanding will slowly grow.
Sounds like the studio who made EDMs in InDesign did so because they weren't confident building in Photoshop either. Everyone finds their own way around things, not all of those techniques are the most effecient in the long run ;) My workflow is like @Dave and @Adamdesigns - I code in Campaign Monitor if appropriate. If I'm coding from scratch I love to use because it sets the scene nicely: http://foundation.zurb.com/emails.html
Posted 12.04.2016 @ 11.11AM
Hi @Dan yeah arond 300-350.
Found a few places online thought was wondering if anyone had recommendation from having used a specific place themselves.
Would need to be a place that can send printed work out as living in a rural area.
Posted 08.03.2016 @ 10.47AM
Thanks guys, @DAN sometimes it will be a long list but with others there will be one thing I can't do, say publication design of large documents. Sure I could learn but if i'm the only designer there I feel its risky if I run in to trouble or am unable to make the deadline.
@ZACK486 I am keen on a few positions I have seen and do want to apply, however in these roles there is noone to teach me I would be the solo designer.
sometimes even little things like running into an annoying 'glitch' or where is that function in photoshop that allows me to do 'x'. I can google but sometimes even that can chew up time for something so minor!
I work as an inhouse designer. Most jobs seem to be solo, so just not sure where to go from here.
Did most of you initially work under a senior designer? So far I have only worked solo. Worried that has now put me a bit behind.
Posted 21.01.2016 @ 1.14PM
Thanks @Dan and @Scotty
Yes will just be the one colour, white.
After both your advice will do this in Illustrator.
With yours Scotty, are you working on it at full size?
Oh the 150dpi was my idea if doing it in PSD, which I wont be now.