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    College so far hasn't taught me anything about the way the Graphic Design Industry works. I know nothing about printing, nothing about the business, all I know is how to create/illustrate designs, photomanipulation, and a bit of Typography. Other than that I am clueless, and I want to get a job in the business as soon as I can. I just wish I knew someone who had exstensive knowledge of the business, because it's a dream of mine to become a GD.

    if anyone can help me out, if you know of any good books i can pick up, or of any good websites i can go to that would be great.

    thanks
    -jay

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    Hi Jay, welcome to the forum.

    I'm sure others will be along to suggest books and sites. In the mean time make use of the forum and archives. Read the posts in the prepress section, the showcase section and be sure and check out Moreas Frequently discussed topics thread
    Last edited by Kool; 09-10-2006, 11:54 AM.

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    • #3
      ^ good tips there. Welcome to GDF. I think you'll find it a great resource.
      "It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot

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      • #4
        In this post there are 47 people, none of them can be seen.

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        • #5
          lmao!!!
          "You're just jealous because YOUR hat doesn't have a clock in it!"

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          • #6
            http://www.amazon.com/Savvy-Designer.../dp/1581804806

            Jeff not only has served on-line as an excellent virtual-mentor for hundreds, if not more, designers and design students for many years, he's committed much of his career to continually provide practical and sage advice through conference seminars, articles, and this, his latest book. I'd suggest you start with that and see where it gets you.

            Jeff even drops in here (and just about EVERY where there's an on-line graphic discussion forum!) now and then--so I wouldn't be surprised if he'll chime in with more great advice for you as soon as he reads this thread.

            Jeff knows the business, and he knows design. And he's a real generous 'giver'. Actually, when you start to look around a bit, you start to realize that there are quite a few of these folks out there. Giving back to the industry that by and large, has a reputation as being filled with great, generous people sharing their trade secrets.

            Some think too much openess will somehow 'cheapen' our market value, relative to other more tightly regulated and certified professions. But I think it highlights an encouraging and newly emerging work reality, where design skills are really being recognized as intrinsically valuable to business and creative. The very nature of our work demands that we share our thoughts and build collaboration in order to fully realize the best solutions to communication problems. Is it any surprise then that so many of the top successful designers so generously share their expertise with others starting their journey?

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            • #7
              In A.A., we call them "Sponsors", not "Mentors".
              Ned Yeung, A.C.E.
              mediamainline.com
              cyclopsphoto.ca

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              • #8
                ok thanks guys!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JLockwood
                  College so far hasn't taught me anything about the way the Graphic Design Industry works. I know nothing about printing, nothing about the business, all I know is how to create/illustrate designs, photomanipulation, and a bit of Typography. Other than that I am clueless, and I want to get a job in the business as soon as I can. I just wish I knew someone who had exstensive knowledge of the business, because it's a dream of mine to become a GD.

                  if anyone can help me out, if you know of any good books i can pick up, or of any good websites i can go to that would be great.

                  thanks
                  -jay
                  Heya JLock, I noticed you are from Hazlet, NJ. I'm in the next town over from ya in Middletown. So if you wanna shoot the breeze anytime just email me at activeseven@gmail.com

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