I'm interested in what proportion of designers actually have a formal education in design, and also curious as to the demographics of DN.
I have pieces of paper that say I know something about Advertising, HCI, and Urban Planning. I think it all helped, but I also think teaching Kindergarten made me a better designer.
I went to school for design but they tried to teach me art so I dropped out in the middle of my 3rd year.
Been working more than steady ever since.
Studied economics, self-taught design. I've always loved drawing. It only took me one PS/AI class to get started. Most of my learning came from observation, browsing designer portfolios, reading about the design process, and so on.
Economics - me too. Man, that was boring; what was i thinking? :)
Graduated with Landscape Architecture. Similar design principles, different materials.
I never went to school for design. In fact I went to university for a Commerce degree and ended up dropping out in my 2nd year to pursue design full-time.
Took one intro to art class in highschool but that's about it.
I graduated in Visual Design with emphasis in Marketing, which is very useful on the first steps of the jobs, like user research and the first interviews with my clients.
I went to design school.
Don't regret it. Don't know if it was necessary, either, but I definitely do not regret it.
I have a BFA in Design. It gave me a solid foundation and process for how to solve design problems. I've continued to build on that through self learning, how to design web and mobile products.
Personally, I've never stepped foot on a college campus. I went right into design after High School.
Self-taught all the way when it comes to design. (My bachelor's is in Mathematics and my Master's in telecommunications management.)
Studied multi-media, dropped out in year 2, due to a major case of boredom and managed to find a job in the industry a couple of months later.
I'd say, 93% self-taught.
Graduated with vanilla Graphic Design, can't say I regret it but given the choice again I'd probably not bother.
Spent over a decade as a touring/session musician from the age of 17-18 so never had time to go to university. Although I'm very confident in my self-taught abilities, I wish I had a degree in design or development. There's a certain base knowledge you get from the university structure that is hard to reach when self-taught.
It's my last few weeks in school right now actually. Right now it was worth it for the connections I've made professionally but design-wise you get out what you put into it.
I started learning design freshman year of high school through tutorials and tons of practice, then went to school for electrical engineering, failed out, started freelancing full-time and then finished my BA in business marketing.
TL;DR - no design school, but business school was waste of time
Psych/Anthro. Self taught in various design disciplines over the course of my career.
I'm currently in my third year studying game design, with a minor in graphic design as well. I took a lot of self-taught skills I picked up freelancing into university which has helped me a lot, keeping a competitive edge over others in terms of internships.
I go to the Savannah College of Art and Design, which many say is a foolish waste of money, however my campus is relatively small (often I'm in classes with two other students) and I have a lot of hands on time with professor which gives us solid individual attention.
At university I'm learning a lot more about the business side of design. My professors aren't teaching us how to use software (because they're replaced so quickly), and rarely about design itself. Instead I'm learning how to plan my work and pitch my concepts to clients as well as build up my professional hard skills instead which I think is far more valuable a skill.
I was an English major, but I studied technical communication (technical writing, editing, usability testing). I had always been into creating visual design, so it wasn't much of a stretch to learn more design on my own as I went to school.
I wonder how people who didn't study design at university where they learned design. From books, blogs, experimenting?
I'm self taught, started out doing film work then through progression have learnt more and more about design. Lot of it has been pulling sites apart and putting them together, experimenting and of course, reading up lots in books and blogs, trying to keep up with trends and processes.
By designing, of course.
Went to Uni and studied Multimedia Design - didn't actually learn much but made great contacts and friends, and I've got the little bit of paper (all paid off in a year as well).
Was working part time at multiple Advertising/Digital agencies throughout the whole time I was there though, and that's mainly where I learned everything. Laughing at how unrealistic the courses are setup, despite being "industry standards".
I have a bachelors in UX Design and Masters in Design strategy ... the foundations helps you get the ball rolling ... but I think more important thing is to be able to give time to think about design. You dont need a college degree for that. Just look at things differently and spend time on (design) problems.