People often ask me if I went to University to become a Graphic Designer, when I say I didn’t, they say…
Oh, then you’re self-taught?
I never see myself as self-taught, ever. The industry has taught me, the high standards that other designers set teach me, people that have exhausted every design possibility before me shape my thinking and teach me to drive forward and improve.
Self-taught is an odd phrase and I know people only really mean not getting a degree but it still sounds quite odd. When I went into the industry as a teenager I knew very little, I had very basic skills and it was the people around me that shaped my skills as a designer and other designers in the industry that made we want to and have to improve my design skills.
This infographic from the Web Designer Depot explains the subject quite well: