How do you get a job as a designer without going to design school?

How do you get a job as a designer without going to design school?

That’s the question posed in this Quora thread with some rather smart answers to go along with it. As an untraditionally trained designer who didn’t go to a design school, I certainly found myself agreeing with much of the advice on this thread. I did go to a junior college right out of high school where I took a lot of random art courses. These classes helped train my eyes and my brain to understand the basics of balance, color, and form. All in all I might have paid $500 for the groundwork that started my design career.

I also liked this bit from Eric Nord, one of the commenters on the the thread, who brings up a good point that we often not don’t talk about when we talk about creative work.

Regardless of whether you go to school, being a good designer takes a bit of talent. That doesn’t mean someone with modest talents can’t work hard and make a living as a designer. But one’s ability to thrive at it and constantly elevate and progress… is at least partly a function of talent. This isn’t just advice for the design field… it’s advice for any competitive field, but especially for “creative” fields.

August 20, 2013 / By

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