Okay, so my friends say I’m officially a computer nerd now. Whatever cause I’m making good money! :-)
I was a designer for all of my life and the last year or so I’ve been developing. I’m not a pro, but I’m good enough to build mad sites.
I posted the background story here:
I learned everything from http://opensourcedegree.com and http://wikipedia.com seriously. You can learn at home while you’re doing your other job for cheap.
Just wanted to drop in some advice if anyone wants it. If you want to learn design, I see it as two different pieces:
1. Design concepts
With design concepts, I’d start with color theory. Everything kind of unlocks from there. Study design principals, architecture, and the golden ratio and you’ll be good to go. Also, fashion magazines and websites like http://wired.com provide good inspiration.
With mechanics, that’s all about getting your software and actually putting stuff together. You’ll need GIMP (free) or better yet, the Photoshop/Illustrator combo. All the best designers are pros at Illustrator and everyone who designs uses either photoshop or GIMP.
How did I learn? I just posted all about it—cause I’ve been learning PHP too.
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