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Aside from the short web design course that you mentioned, you said that you are almost entirely self-taught. What did you learn in that original web design course, that introduced you to Photoshop, that allowed you to make a career out of creating interfaces?
The course gave me an opportunity to develop skills in an area that I loved. When I realised what could be done using Photoshop and (back then) Flash, it opened a new door for me. I was straight off doing brochure sites or flash banners for small businesses, and it was from those small sites, that I got my first job as an in-house designer in a small property company. Even to this day, I’m still taking on side projects. I think it’s so important for any designer to be constantly trying to improve. Without that desire to learn, you will be left behind in such fast moving industry.
I feel very lucky that I have such passion for something that pays the bills. I can’t imagine what I’d be doing now if it was not for design. Like that quote says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”