Here's my story:<br><br>I went to a private design school here in Phoenix Arizona called Collins Design College back in 1988-89. It was run by Al Collins who was an old-time creative director for several agencies and was the first person asked by Hughe Hefner to design Playboy Magazine (he even offered Al a partnership - but he turned them down). Anyway, it was a one year course, 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week. It tought a wide range of subject related to the advertising biz - including TV, Design, Typograhy, Production, and more. Some of the apps they tought were Mac Paint, Mac Draw, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop (before it was called photoshop). I THOUGHT I learned a lot. (Of course I already was using a Mac at home & at work, so that part was easy).<br><br>After graduating (1st in my class!!!
) I got a payed internship at the Arizona Republic where I quickly found out how much I didn't know about Adobe Illustrator. It was my job for 6 or so months to draw any and all maps, graphs, charts, and any other graphics for the AZ Republic. I learned soooo much about the application in "real-world" use that I felt embarrassed to tell them that I was actually trained in the use of the app.<br><br>The best experience I got was early on in my career when I began working in the print industry as a pre-press operator. You pretty much learn the ins and outs of every major app on the market. You see it all, and do it all - and usually, you do it on the best equipment with the latest versions of software. I also got to see the latest trends in design from a lot of different designers. It was probably the single most influential experience on my design tastes. I saw what I liked and didn't like.<br><br>Currently, I tend to always be the fastest & most knowledgeable person about the Mac and Mac software no matter where I work. I don't say that to gloat, but rather to say that "real world" work experience has no substitute. You can learn many things in school, but by the time you are in the workplace, the software will probably be outdated or at the very least, you won't have any "real" knowledge.<br><br>
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