Since graduating, I’ve been doing all I can to get a jump start on my career as a graphic and web designer. I’ve been updating my portfolio, tweaking my website, and researching what it takes to become a designer.
However, because my design background is more from hands-on experience working with UT’s Liberal Arts ITS as an STA, I don’t know a whole lot about theory. I know what looks good and what doesn’t, but I don’t know exactly why that may be the case.
Going back to school for design would be one way to fix this, but seeing as I just graduated and have some hefty student loans to pay off, that’s not much of an option for me. So I’ve turned to teaching myself. I purchased myself a few books that I thought could help me out.
The first book I got was the second edition of “How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul” by Adrian Shaughnessy.
So far, it’s turned out to be a very informative read. His writing style is very conversational and upfront which is much appreciated. I’ve only read the first three chapters and skimmed a few others, but I’m really enjoying it. I’ve just read the “How to find a job” chapter which is targeted towards people like me who are hoping for entry-level jobs, and it feels good knowing I’m on the right track. Something tells me this book will come in handy long after I’ve joined the design world.
The next two books I ordered (just yesterday) were “Making and Breaking the Grid: A Graphic Design Layout Workshop” by Timothy Samara and “Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students” by Ellen Lupton.
I was thinking of getting more of an inspirational graphic design book that’s just full of pictures of wonderful designs, but I figured books geared more towards theory would help me more in the long-run. Luckily I found an old Borders gift card in a purse I hadn’t used since I got it last year, so that made the purchase yesterday much cheaper.