As a self-educated designer, a lot of what I learn about design comes from my own research. The internet has been my best friend on this journey, and I have been eternally grateful to forums built around graphic design, like the few I’ve found on Reddit.
So I began my journey, or passion, or whatever you want to call it many years ago. Honestly, I can’t pinpoint a specific date, because I remember doing things as a child that set me on this path of pursuing my graphic design passion. I remember as a kid, staring at my Windows 98 computer screen, working with Microsoft Publisher to create a fake restaurant menu for my fake restaurant. I built websites, however poorly created, for my pretend stores. This to me was all a part of play.
It wasn’t until my senior year of college though, that I really began to understand just how much of a desire I had to do graphic design, and even then it took two more years for me to really get serious about learning and teaching myself. So my story is one of being self-taught and learning as I go. I look back on things I’ve designed over the years, and I can see how I’ve improved. Still, I’m critical (and somewhat shy) about what I have created. But I’m learning. I’m growing. Design for me has been a journey, not a destination.
In my learning and education, everything kept pointing me to purchasing a drawing tablet. I’ve definitely noticed there is limited capability in design when it comes to using a mouse. The tablet I wanted was, in my opinion, a pricey investment (hey, I’m a pastor’s wife, we don’t have a lot of money). My goal for my etsy store was to provide beautiful home decor (and other printables) at an affordable price. Would the investment into a drawing tablet be worth it?
I thought so, and decided to take the plunge. I purchased a Wacom Tablet and was excited to get to work with it this weekend and get accustomed to it. So far, I love it, and I’m excited about the world of design it will open up for me. I think this is a good step forward, because I was starting to feel like my design was going in circles. Finally, I think I’m headed in the right direction.