Post # 1
i’m currently in school for graphic design (i’m finishing without a degree in may, due to financial and personal issues, but will hopefully go back in a few years), but i consider myself a designer already. i’ve been doing it for years, on the side (for family and friends, and myself). i’m planning on putting up an etsy shop and a shopenvy store, selling invitations and announcemnts, this semester, and once we move home, i’ll focus completely on that.
i know there are a few others on here, so i wanted to see who else shares a passion and career (:
my questions: are you self employed? do you work for a company? how did you get started? also, are there any other invitation designer bees out there?
Post # 3
I’m a Web / Graphic Designer. I can do both- i just specialize in web. I got a bachelors degree in Design. During college I got an internship (unpaid) to do web design work. I also took up jobs designing sites for friends for free to get experience and fill my portfolio. I never wanted to work for myself as a freelancer because i wanted the job security and the definite paycheck. I got a job with a company a few months after graduation. The most important thing you need is a good portfolio. For me it was a portfolio website. But for only graphic design work you could just put together a pdf or a slideshow of some sort as well. You’ll also want a clean black binder of your work as well for interviews. You CAN get a graphic design job off of portfolio alone but most places do want to see some type of degree or certification. Even if its just an associates.
Good Luck! Feel free to PM me if you wanna talk!
Post # 4
Me! I am a designer… a few times over, haha.
are you self employed? No! But I’ve done freelance on and off for two years for both big and small clients.
do you work for a company? I am right now, yeah.
how did you get started? I got lucky… after a lot of hard work. There need to be elements of both. I finished my degree, made a relevant student film to the kind of work I was looking for, happened to hear about a production, happened to keep my head above water during the test, happened to be called back, managed somehow to muddle my way through on the job and not get fired long enough to get at all good at it.
also, are there any other invitation designer bees out there? I’ve designed invitations for friends and for myself, but it is so, SO different from being a professional. For so many different reasons.