Ask DN: What led you to become a designer?

over 6 years ago from , Creatix Online Marketing

Hey DN, I was doing some introspection and figuring out what I wanted from life, and how I got where I am today.

How did you become a designer?


  • Jack InnesJack Innes, over 6 years ago

    I started off playing around with pixel art using MS Paint relating to a game I used to play when I was about 10 years old. Eventually I downloaded Photoshop to do more advanced pixel art, which slowly transitioned into designing forum signatures (big back community back in the day).

    After learning Photoshop inside out I started doing small pieces of freelance work ranging from small photo edits to full website designs. Fast forward a few years, I'm now working at an amazing design & digital marketing agency.

    4 points
  • Matt BaxterMatt Baxter, over 6 years ago

    Don Norman and his book, The Design of Everyday Things.

    Which, Vox just made a video about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yY96hTb8WgI

    1 point
  • Rebecca T, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Neopets when I was about 13/14. Loved making the "blends" graphics and making layouts for the profile accounts using HTML/CSS at that time. My mom told me about Communications Design and went for it. : )

    1 point
  • Aaron CalzadoAaron Calzado, over 6 years ago

    Was in a computer networking focused program at a local community college. Wasn't as fun as I anticipated. I wanted to get into the arts, but the counselor told me they didn't offer one, but they did have a Communication Arts program that wasn't "really about art". Took a chance. Almost failed out of it. Stuck with it. Got my associates. Worked as a graphic designer for a few places. Moved to Seattle. No one wanted a graphic designer in 2009. Went back to school for the financial aid. Somehow slipped into the interaction design program at UW. Now a UX designer. Life's pretty aight.

    1 point
  • Brennan Smith, over 6 years ago

    My mom.

    0 points
  • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, over 6 years ago

    I realized I wanted to be a designer and not an artist when I realized I liked puzzles/problem-solving and typography more than drawing and painting.

    0 points