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How did you go about becoming a graphic, commercial, or industrial designer?

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Dave’s Answer

The intimidating / frustrating / exciting part about design is that there are so many options. First, you need to sort out what are of design you are looking to focus on. Second, begin to look at schools, programs as well as individuals who are inspiring to you. For me it began with a focus on a specific style + genre of design and from there I looked at schools where the professors met my style / need.

Dave recommends the following next steps:

Choose a style / genre / area
Find inspiration from professionals / studio
Look for schools that represent #2
Think about where you want to be in 5 years and what you need to reach that goal
Reach out to other professionals / studios (mentors are gold)
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Cynthia’s Answer

Attending an excellent art school is a big part of it--nowadays, students have incredible access to industry professionals through online classes. Constant learning, even once you become a professional, is key. Specialization may be the best first step--graphic design, fashion design, and industrial design are very different industries.

Cynthia recommends the following next steps:

Research and choose which industry to study.
Investigate online classes in that specialty.
Take a look at local workshops and mentorships in the industry.
Create a portfolio and apply to a college with the appropriate major.
Apply to internships.