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Enough is enough, guys!
Let me set this straight once and for all.
So you have decided to become a web designer, right?
That is just AMAZING!
But did someone recommend you to go to college to do that?
That is just HORRIBLE!
Whoever said it deserves a slap on the wrist!
Because college is where you get taught stuff, right?
So, this is where it all gets horribly wrong.
And now let me explain to you why…
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Listen my friend, just in case you have not realized yet.
Web design is something much more than just writing a piece of code.
It is a very creative process.
It is so creative process, that right now you must listen.
Just listen… listen…
Can You hear it?
What does it sound like? Scary? Is it loud?
Can You even guess what it is…?
It is the inner You.
It is the real You.
The one, who is always thirsty.
Thirsty for curiosity, Thirsty to be naive and Thirsty to be foolish again.
I do not mean just thirsty.
But really, really thirsty, as thirsty as vampires are for blood.
And now guess what…
Schools kill this thirst for creativity and thirst for curiosity.
And most certainly will not let you stay naive and foolish either.
But do not give up just yet.
Because we vampires are stronger than that.
Now, please do not get me wrong here.
College is not evil, at all.
It is just a wrong choice for some people.
I personally study psychology.
And it is certainly a recommended choice for lawyers, doctors and dentists.
But, Thank You God – I did not learn web design in college.
College is a type of factory.
Have you never thought about this?
College manufactures everyone using the same standards.
Using the same learning techniques.
And using the same rating systems for everyone.
But How Dare They?
You are a unique human being, there is no one else like you.
You surely like to learn things different way than your friends.
And This Is Where It All Gets Wrong:
In schools You get taught stuff – but You do not need to be taught.
You want to learn and be curious, without being taught.
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I – I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost (The Road Not Taken)
If you learn web design yourself, using your own way to learn, guess what?
You will become more unique and more original than all the other guys who have been taught using the same methods.
This is what you would have to put up with in College.
I personally choose to learn web design the way Vampires do.
“I can tell you I don’t care which school you came from. I just want seriously smart, passionate and determined hackers on my team.” -Peter Chang
This video should make you think about your decision. It is just amazing how a great self-taught Sr. Interactive Designer at a leading financial services provider Wren Lanier started her career.
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Everyone who has learned web design using my blood sucking method knows that it is important to stay curious and patient.
Just remember my words now.
If You stay curious and patient you can definitely become self-taught.
And to back me up I can tell you, that these wise words come from my own experience.
But come on, how nice would it be if I had something more to back it up?
Here are self-taught designer Tobias van Schneider’s words:
“Everything starts with curiosity and YOUR first step.
Just listen to your instincts.“ – Tobias van Schneider’s
Tobias was born in Germany, but now resides in Austria.
He also writes about Being Self Taught.
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Hey, I have heard this somewhere before!
Is that what you thought to yourself when you read it?
Probably you did, indeed, and you know why?
Because this is one of the most famous Steve Job’s quotes.
He also said something very interesting:
“I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit.” – Steve Jobs
Here is Steve’s speech for Stanford students in 2005
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I still remember those days in school, when I was called naive.
The problem was – they meant it in a bad way.
They clearly should find out more about the way we vampires learn stuff.
Being naive again.
Yes, again, as naive as when we were little kids.
Being naive is not being stupid.
It means being able to see a bigger picture.
In college no one will let you be naive again.
But when You learn web design yourself, you give yourself a permission.
Yes, a permission to be naive again.
“Every true genius is bound to be naive. “ -Friedrich Schiller
These young designers did not think they would need to finish college to make it happen in design industry.
They stayed curious, foolish and naive enough to believe they can do it.
As a child Shyama learned how to write code, because she figured one day this internet thing would help her share her art with nice people all over the world.
And Today Shyama Already Works With:
NASA, LA Magazine, Computer Arts Magazine, MetaLab, Supreme Cort Of Texas.
At just 17 years of age Lewis got an incredible opportunity to move to Bath, joining a leading eCommerce agency Blubolt full time.
And Today Lewis Already Works With:
The Velvet Chair Company, bluCommerce, Tomorrow’s Web Meetup, Blubolt.
Gedy is a self-taught web designer and front-end developer. When she was just a kid, she remembers always wanting to play with electronics instead of Barbies.
And Today Gedy Already Works With:
Oasis House Ministries, Owyane Wade’s Fantasty Basketball Camp, Ivan y AB Music.
Ben is a self-taught freelance designer from Plymouth in England. He is very passionate about web design and user interface.
And Today Ben Already Works With: PixelBits Apps Ltd, MVP Tracker, Pixel Clouds.
He also has been approached by both: Google and Apple.
Vanessa is actually a pastry chef. She graduated with a degree in Baking & Pastry, but then decided to start web design. (great decision)
And Today Vanessa Already Works With:
Chef E Man, Karie Denny Photography, Roofresh.
Callum is half British and half Aussie. He has been working with Envato, Crowdsource and Geek Store.
And Today Callum Already Has Been Approached By: Google and Apple.
He Has Worked With Companies Like: Starcount, Kogan, Fancy, GPS Plus and Many More.
And Callum Also Has Successfully Launched: Dotgrid.co
Amy taught herself HTML at the age of 12 (wow) and she has naturally progressed from there.
And Today Amy Already Works With:
Shoon, Joseph Turner, Whittard, Oliver Bonas, Alphabet Bags.
Ivo has never received any formal design training, but he already has been doing design work since he was 15, when he first got his fingers on Macromedia Fireworks 8.
And Today Ivo Already Works With:
AppLovin, Kazoo Analytics, The NodeCMS, Socialbit.
“Like many designers, I feel that my talent has developed from hours of hard work, experimentation and simply from being observant of techniques and styles of others.” – Ronnie Francisco
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James is a Video & YouTube Marketing Manager based in The UK with over 5 years of experience. He loves to create, implement and maintain challenging video marketing strategies using YouTube, Wistia or Vimeo.