I’ve been a long-time lurker of this forum and just recently created an account and have been commenting here and there.
I’m a self-taught graphic designer who worked in the field for 5+ years while doing content writing jobs part-time. I transitioned to a full-time writer about 2 years ago and decided to combine the two skills I’m good at and enjoy doing on a consistent basis: graphic design and writing.
So, I created my own blog called mediacaterer.com
It’s a bit janky in its current state, and WordPress hasn’t been living up to its promise of being beginner-friendly, for me at least, but I’ve still managed to attract about 10-20k visitors per month on the blog. I’ve also been branching out to other somewhat related fields as well like digital art and video editing to kind of grow the blog into an art & design hub
I found this forum while looking for a space to connect with other graphic designers preferably professional ones who I can learn from. The main motivation behind that was that I’ve mostly worked remotely, so I’m not the most social person out there nor have I been exposed to a lot of input from other designers - so when it comes to the whole “operations” of graphic design and communicating with people other than clients and managers - I don’t have much experience there.
I first became part of the r/graphic_design subreddit but that was just… a nightmare. Post after post was just about toxic environements, designers complaining about unreasonable demands from companies, why the graphic design industry is dying etc. etc.
The more sane posts were just beginners and fresh graduates looking for portfolio advice. So, this forum seemed like the nice middle-ground between asking and getting advice and discussing some nuances of the industry.
I hope to learn a lot from you guys and hope I could also offer some advice to people who might need it - on a subject I might be able to contribute on