When did you start designing?

7 years ago from , web designer

Currently I am 14 and I design quite a bit. I am wondering when did you guys start designing?


  • Dana (dmxt)Dana (dmxt), 7 years ago

    9 years ago. I'm 19. Yes, I started very early.


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  • Kash NourooziKash Nouroozi, 7 years ago

    Started at 14—I'll be 17 in 2 months.

    My dad needed a site for my mom's business: "We can either hire someone for $200 or we can give that to you". I took the offer, knowing a bit of Photoshop. My first website was images in Photoshop overlayed with hotspots in Fireworks, then exported to HTML.

    Worked my way and I'm cool with the full stack of Web Development—Designing, Front End, Back End, Deployment.

    If there's one thing I can say: Ship it. Fucking launch. I've had way too many side projects that I've taken to Proof-of-Concept but never launched. Get in the habit of shipping: 3 finished projects are better than 10 unfinished projects.

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  • Dennis Vries, deDennis Vries, de, 7 years ago

    11 years ago, I'm 23.


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  • Jonathan SuhJonathan Suh, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    I'm 29. I think I was exposed to HTML in 1995/1996 by Microsoft FrontPage on Windows 95. I logged online for the first time with AOL 2.5 on our 28.8k dial-up connection. Eventually I was making websites on Angelfire and Homestead. My first exposure to graphic design (other than MSPaint) was Macromedia Fireworks 2.

    The web sure has come a long way.

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  • Martin Tsiu, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    5 month ago, 08/18/2014 https://dribbble.com/MartinRGB

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  • Benjamin MouchBenjamin Mouch, 7 years ago

    Didn't start designing until I was 20 really. Art wasn't much of an option when I was younger based on what was allowed by my parents, and when I got out on my own I couldn't deny my interest in it.

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  • Pablo RoblesPablo Robles, 7 years ago

    8 years ago, I'm 25.


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  • Carlos MañasCarlos Mañas, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    Hum... almost 27 years ago (I'm 41 now). I designed both a club membership card and their logo. They were awesome!! (Not really... but yes, kind of... yeah, they rocked!).

    Now I'm older/balder but it's ok.


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  • Sean GeraghtySean Geraghty, 7 years ago

    Well it depends what you mean by design, I wanted to be an architect from a very, very young age (yeah I was a bit of an odd kid). So I think I was about ten/eleven when I remember my first piece of design work that actually got used, well it wasn't really but kind of was. My parents had employed an architect to get us planning permission to extend the front of our house, when he came back to us, he had done that but also remodelled the whole house in the process, I knew about the project so I had had my own crack at the project, wondering round with a tape measure and the like finding out the measurements and carefully plotting them on a scale drawing. I then handed this to my parents and they loved it, to be honest it was literally the basics of what they wanted, so they showed this to the architect, who took it, put it in CAD and charged us for it. Yes kids this is a lesson to never trust anyone with your work, although I didn't mind I loved the recognition ;) But after that I kept drawing creating wild homes, and other interesting buildings, sky scrapers and the like. Now however I am a digital designer/ product designer and that probably happened on work experience when I was about fourteen years old. I had never worked in Photoshop before but was shown it and illustrator in the course of a week, and "fell in love" with the software. It was great what I could manipulate, already being skilled in Sketchup (thanks to my architecture obsession) it was a way for me to place my buildings in environments, and from there then create a website for them, or something like that. I loved it. Basically you are never too young, keep going, I am only twenty myself and I am no where near done yet!

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  • Mladen MilinovicMladen Milinovic, 7 years ago

    I've started with 15 years I guess. I don't know it exactly! I'll turn 22! https://dribbble.com/imldn

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  • Diederik EenschootenDiederik Eenschooten, 7 years ago

    I started at age 16, at age 17 i discovered front-end developing. at age 20 I started to learn some small back-end.


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  • Mattias JohanssonMattias Johansson, 7 years ago

    I started to play with pixels on the C64. The interest grew and I was active as a graphic designer (or what it was called back then) on the Amiga demo scene.

    My first design job was in 1999 and I have been a visual designer ever since. Damn Im old :)

    Here are some of my stuff: https://dribbble.com/mattiasjohansson

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  • Lisheng ChangLisheng Chang, 7 years ago

    i started in 2006, http://dribble.com/csee

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  • Wayne Spiegel, 7 years ago

    Started out as a graphic designer in 2010, then switched to a product designer in 2012. Will be graduating in June =D

    Working on my site, but here's my Dribbble. https://dribbble.com/waynespiegel

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  • Mammad EminMammad Emin, 7 years ago

    I started when I was in 16. I am 24 now.


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  • Fabricio Rosa MarquesFabricio Rosa Marques, 7 years ago

    I started designing more seriously at the age of 19, but have been playing around with PS and HTML since the age of 15/16. Today I'm 31.

    Getting started at 14 is really cool, wish I could travel back in time and tell younger me to not waste so much time with tabletop games, LAN Parties and online gaming. On the other hand those kind of things fueled my creativity at least a bit and forced me to build my own PCs ;)

    I'd also advise younger me to draw more, I really do think sketching/drawing is a great universal skill/language and it takes a lot of time to get fluent and accurate with it.


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  • Tobias BernardTobias Bernard, 7 years ago

    I started when I was about 15 (I'm 21 now), though I didn't really realize that what I was doing was graphic design until a few years later. I think the most important advice I'd give to my younger self is to start reading books and studying design history as early as possible.

    I fully realize how lame that must sound. I must be getting old lol


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  • Mordechai Levi, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    Hey! I'm currently 16 and started "designing" when I was around 7 or 8. Up until the age of 11 I'd say most of my design work was done in Microsoft Word. Yeah.


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  • Anders Schmidt HansenAnders Schmidt Hansen, 7 years ago

    Also started at your age (14), 25 today. I do agree that it's never really too late if you have the interest and the drive necessary. :)

    Good luck with everything, if you need any help just hit me up at me@andersschmidt.com.

    NB: I tried your Dribbble link, but it 404'ed on me.

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  • Rasmus LandgreenRasmus Landgreen, 7 years ago

    Ha, 14 years ago I think. I'm also super-old compared to the average dribbble-age.

    Recently wrote a piece about it actually, give it a read. A lot of people responded well to it.


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  • Yakim van ZuijlenYakim van Zuijlen, 7 years ago

    I started when I was about 11 years old.

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  • Patrick WestwoodPatrick Westwood, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    I started designing when I was around 13 - me and my friend were obsessed about the "interwebs" and we really wanted to create our website so one day we decided to do it. I was more into designing and he into development and so it began.

    I created the design, he coded it, we went online with website and after finishing it I knew that this is something I want to do.

    Oh and he's a developer at Microsoft now :)

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  • Hatem ZehaniHatem Zehani, 7 years ago

    i'm 20 yrs old, i started when i was 14, in 2008 !

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  • Ben LeeBen Lee, 7 years ago

    Got into web design around 11 years ago as a hobby — still going strong today.

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  • Bahaa HashemBahaa Hashem, 7 years ago

    This is the 'its never too late' post, and having read most of your comments I definitely feel like the odd one out but what the hell.

    I'm 25 and I started last year. Totally fell in love and can now be found working away at any idea that comes to my mind. Designed 2 mobile apps so far and just started building my portfolio. Feel like I'm finally doing something I love in my life!

    Designing at 14 means you will accumulate a wealth of experience for the future, use it wisely and enjoy the journey ;).

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  • E BensleyE Bensley, 7 years ago

    Around your age actually. Getting into design in the early teens is a great way to start, you're old enough to start working on your own ideas and even putting your work out to the community. I sold my first web design at 15 which gave me a great kick start into the world of freelancing. Best of luck!

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    • Henry Kaufman, 7 years ago

      Where did you start to sell web designs? It sounds like a great way to start!

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      • E BensleyE Bensley, 7 years ago

        Local businesses. I had the advantage of being in a relatively small area with lots of local businesses who wanted to have a web presence. I met a guy running a printing services reseller who needed a site and after doing his we organized an arrangement where he would let me know if his print clients needed websites or wanted to expand.

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  • Vasil EnchevVasil Enchev, 7 years ago

    Not sure if I should count it as 6 or 15 years...When I was 13 I played a lot with flash, making very cool animated websites. Then I went all 3d max for a while, which was followed by me studying architecture. 6 years ago I get back to 2d design and started working professionally as a UI/UX designer. Still doing that at the moment https://dribbble.com/uFFO

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  • Raghav KukretiRaghav Kukreti, 7 years ago

    I did when I was eight. I am fifteen. Hope you have a wonderful design journey.

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  • Belkin FahriBelkin Fahri, 7 years ago

    When I was 14 years old. I started using Pagemaker 2 software for making my first web projects.

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  • Jitendra Vyas, 7 years ago

    When I was 21 yrs old. First software was Aldus Pagemaker.

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  • Eduardo Santos, 7 years ago

    In 2007 when I was 15. :) It has been an amazing path for sure. One thing is certain, I'll just keep on working hard.

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  • Coleman TharpColeman Tharp, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    Around 3 years ago

    here's some of my work - http://dribbble.com/colemantharp

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  • Pedro MarquesPedro Marques, 7 years ago

    Well, I'm 23 and I started 7 years ago. Nowadays I'm a designer and also a front end developer. =D

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  • Marcus H, 7 years ago

    I think we might end up being the two extremes age-wise because I'm 34 and I started learning/practising design about 6 months ago. Here's my Dribbble profile.


    Do you have a link to some of your work?

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