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    Banned torch511 is on a distinguished road
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    Firm believer that either you have it, or you don't. College taught me enough practical knowledge that I could get a foot in the door. Most of my REAL education has been through work.

    BTW, you do not have to be a great artist to be a good designer (and vice versa). I can't draw well at all. Don't get me wrong, I can sketch and doodle when needed but compared to some of my friends who are true artists, I don't compare. One of my good friends and coworkers is a great illustrator... but he can't put together a composition to save his life. So I definitely think there are multiple skill sets withing "Graphic Design" and you don't necessarily have to be good at all of them.

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    This is a career where you will learn much more alone, depending on your real interest and your eye for visual design.
    I'd recommend books to get the basics, and from then on, experimenting as much as you can.

    Some recommendations:
    Joseph Muller Brockman - Grids
    Jan Tschichold: The new typography
    Robert Bringhurst: The elements of typographic style

    Some basic usability, if you're after web design, I'd really recommend 'Don't make me think' by Steve Krugs.

    And I recently found these tutorials to be highly entertaining, although they are mostly oriented to motion design, but it's knowledge applicable to anything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPRAH7AKMWw

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    My favorite: skillshare.com

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    I second skillshare but also by doing, just practising, getting to know the tools and finding your style.

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    It's common to search for a quick solution when you are starting to learn something. The truth is, as many have mentioned before, there is a difference between knowing your way around the software and being able to solve design tasks. The latter takes alot of time to learn. I've been studying for a bachelor's degree in graphic design for almost three years now, and its first now that I'm starting to get a grip of it. Like some others have said, look for designers you admire, and begin with creating something inspired by them, and you will eventually develop your own style. Definitely learn Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign or similar software such as Sketch. Most importantly: Respect the field, going through a 10-step tutorial online will in no way make you a graphic designer.

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    youtube tutorial videos

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    From my experience school is the best way. Sure you can learn techniques from videos or theories from books, but nothing beats actual experience. School provides you with mentors, peers, and projects where you have freedom to discover your personal style.

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    Tutsplus, jebezel, Lynda.com

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    practice, practice and… talent?

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    These are all great tips. And I do need to practice more often. I would love any suggestions for decent alternatives to Adobe Illustrator, please.

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    Read and read and practice and practice.

    All established within a knowledge of type and typography and layout.

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    Start reading Creative Review, Eye and FormFiftyFive (UK)

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    reading and experience

    ive found that graphic design is a muscle that needs to be fed and trained. Its not something you can learn overnight and takes some experience

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    You should try to find a university which proposes online courses.

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    Fundamentals are core. If you can get to read books about grid, composition, contrast and hierarchy you are up for a good start. I can't stress enough how many people do a mistake without understanding the core first

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