• Gabriel GarridoGabriel Garrido, over 7 years ago

    Can you explain how you taught yourself design? Did you really skip art/design school? How do you feel about this? I'm asking because I'm 1 year into design school and I feel like I'd be better off studying myself and just doing a lot of practice and iteration.

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    • Tobias van Schneider, over 7 years ago

      Hi Gabriel

      Yes, I did skip everything but high school which I dropped out of with the age of 15. I hope you don't mind if I paste an answer from another question here, it's pretty much the same.

      I don't think a design degree is needed in the design industry, there are many who don't have one who would agree with that. But that said, it doesn't make it easier to not have one, quite the opposite.

      When I dropped out, I tried to study but had trouble getting accepted at universities. I would have probably studied if I would have allowed to. At first, I had some feeling of regret. That's normal because literally everyone else tells you that you NEED to study, especially if you grow up in a small city where everyone just blindly follows each other. Social pressure, for sure.

      In general, I would recommend everyone to get a degree in design. I see it as follows:

      Studying design puts you in a place with 30 other like minded people. All are as confused (or focused) than you. It's a fantastic social environment to learn & grow with others.

      Being self-taught, it's just you alone in a room. You have to put yourself out there at the same time, there are no teachers, mentors or colleagues around you.

      Studying introduces you to a great network of teachers & mentors from the beginning. That's what you pay for, it's a safety net.

      Being self-taught is the opposite. While you have great freedom, you also have great pressure to network the shit out of your time.

      In general, the main difference between studying design and being self-taught is the social component that provides you with mentorship, emotional support and a little kick in the ass here and there.

      It depends what kind of personality you are. There is no clear answer to this question, but it depends on you as a person. For some people, the format of a university is beneficial for them, for some it's destructive.

      So in general, I wouldn't recommend dropping out unless you are a 100% sure (or at least 99%) that you can bring the motivation be on your own.

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