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Hey Everyone, My brain fought posting this question for a long time for fear of negative reactions or criticism, but I just have to put it out there for peace of mind. I am really interested in transitioning to a career in the corporate branding/logo design/graphic design world. I have seen other posts here before, but I think my situation is a bit different, so I would love some feedback. I just turned 34 and have a very solid corporate job. I am married and my wife has a good job as well. We don't have any debt (although we are trying to buy a house) and no kids...yet. All of that means that I have a decent amount of disposable income to use either for taking classes, doing internships or just trying to start something on my own. While I have a very good job, I am not a good fit and cannot see myself being there long term. I have an IT background, but I work more on the database side. However, I have found it pretty easy to pick up basic Photoshop and Illustrator skills. I have several areas of interest, but the one I keep coming back to design. My question is how do I begin this transition? How do I get more experience and insight into how this industry works? I am willing to start from square one, but I am not sure exactly what that is. I have read just to start making projects and that is a good start, but beyond that I want to know how to get into that world. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. And please note that this is not some half-cocked, pie eyed idea. I have been thinking about it and researching it for a very long time, but you can only read so much before acting.
Hi guys, I wasn't sure where the appropriate place in this forum to post this idea was so I chose Concepts because it is indeed a concept, just not visual. My concept is a Graphic Designer Draft held in late April and May. It would be modeled after the NFL Draft and would allow top companies looking to hire graphic designers to hire the best new talent that appears on the job market every May: graduating graphic design majors. My initial concept was the graphic designers available to be drafted would be sports-minded and the companies drafting them would be sports companies too, but this doesn't have to be the case. (Honestly though I think if this whole concept is sports themed it makes it more fun and obviously more appropriate for SportsLogos.net to be involved. Read on...) How do you determine the order of selection though? Would it be whatever company is willing to pay the highest salary gets to pick first? That would make the most sense, because then the most talented designers would get selected first and then offered the most money. I was thinking this draft would be open to major sports companies (Nike, Reebok, adidas, Under Armour, etc.), the big four sports teams and leagues, minor league teams, marketing firms working with sports teams and leagues, ad agencies working with sports teams and leagues, universities *with athletic programs* needing creative help, and sports magazines and websites needing creative help. If you can think of any other types of companies, businesses, or organizations that could possibly want to be involved in the draft please let me know. I was thinking of including sports TV networks but my concept is more about print / 2D graphic designers and illustrators, not people who create television graphics. But obviously if you guys think television graphics should be included too by all means let me know. Obviously if ESPN starts drafting creative talent from this draft and mentions it on Sports Center it would be huge publicity. Now for the graphic design talent and how someone can enter the draft: I was thinking ALL graphic design majors who will be graduating in the Spring semester of a certain year can be eligible for the draft of that year. For example, John Q. Sample is a graphic design major at My State University and graduating Spring 2015 (in May of 2015). Therefore he would be eligible for the 2015 Graphic Designer Draft. The idea of having it in late April and May is so that a college graduate can go from being a college student directly to being a working professional. I have actually thought about this concept for many years and just decided today to let people know about it. I'm not sure why I didn't try to make this a reality before today, but hey, better late than never right? Since this is my concept AND i need a job I would like to be one of the graphic designers available to be drafted in the inaugural draft. However, it doesn't make sense to have someone much older with much more experience than college graduates to be mixed in with a bunch of fresh-faced 22-year-olds. So I guess TWO different drafts would be needed: one for rookies and one for veterans. So I would enter the veteran draft. Problem solved. Now here is my idea of how SportsLogos.net can be involved in this: obviously this site has a huge fan base, the majority of which are creatives interested in sports. If this whole draft concept could be website-based and hosted on SportsLogos.net, it would bring A TON more traffic to the site. Plus I'm sure SportsLogos.net would be able to make money off it, not just from more advertising revenue but from possibly charging graphic design graduates and veterans a fee to enter the draft, and charging the hiring companies a fee to be able to participate too. This could be a wildly successful addition to SportsLogos.net and I'm basically handing this concept out to you guys on a silver platter. And I'm doing this because 1) I need a job, 2) I'd be curious to see where in the draft I'd be drafted, and 3) I love sports AND art and having a job that combines both would be my dream job (hello, NFL Properties!). Obviously if SportsLogos.net wants to pursue this concept and make it a reality I would want to be involved in the creation somehow. This concept is my baby and it needs to be nurtured so it can grow into the successful endeavor it deserves to be. What does everyone think?