When I was in high school, I was always scribbling in my notebooks. Hand-drawn letters and small pictograms covered my duties, my trials and my papers. I would get lost by creating new ways to write my name or draw cartoon representations of my friends. Teachers constantly told me to “drop it” and concentrate on my studies.
At the beginning of my trip, I asked advice from friends graphic designers. They told me the same thing over and over again: “Learn Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign”; “Read a book on the basic principles of design.” As much as these tips helped, there were still holes in my knowledge that could not be filled with software lessons or books. Anyone who has tried to educate creative concepts includes the pain points associated with trying to balance the fundamentals of learning, navigating new tools, and developing a personal style.