Ask DN: Are you a dropout?

over 7 years ago from Eduardo Higareda, Lead Designer Designer at Icalia Labs

  • Ryan WoodRyan Wood, over 7 years ago

    Self-taught here too. Became interested in design at a young age from creating websites focused around showcasing my (cheesy) Flash animations. Fast forward and I went to art school –dropped out after the first semester. Proceeded to get a general Associate Degree to satisfy my parents' request to pursue higher education. Shortly thereafter, I began working on my design portfolio. Came out to San Francisco and landed a job.

    The lack of 'higher' education has thrown some recruiters and interviewers off, but for the most part I'm able to spin it as a net positive. If you are genuine in your resolve/dedication for your craft, it'll show.

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