Trance wrote:Uhh, I think that he/she wanted the gaphic designer to be a certain age, because people between 20-25 have a certain STYLE or the way they design stuff...
Ya, "style". I have been outputting files of recent grads in the London area over the past 2-3 weeks for a show being put on here, and I can tell you that their "style" is a mess. Fonts missing, linked photos missing, 4 colour blacks, etc. This "style" of which you speak must be "Muddled Messes Done In A Huge Rush To Drive Prepress People To Drink"... I could be wrong, but I don't think so. I have a feeling they were originally looking for the "cheap" way to get a designer.
I'm thinking of becoming a graphic artist, btw. But all I have at the moment is Photoshop.
Good Luck with that. I hope you can get your hands on some real programs. Stay away from Corel Draw, Publisher (if you want to be a desktop publisher, then, fine, use them), and only venture to use InDesign if you MUST. Print shops have yet to really embrace it, and Quark 6 is set to launch soon.
If you can get your hands on Illustrator and Quark to go with Photoshop, then you will have a good start for design/print and from there you can start to play with web apps. Just be sure to remember that a good designer double checks their own work just to make it easier for the person who has to produce their work.