Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer


40 Years Experience

Marbella, ES

Male, 57

I have been in the graphic design industry since 1981 working in London, Los Angeles & Spain. My career started in the traditional way on a drawing board, using Rotoring Pens, Magic Markers, Pantone Pens & Letraset working as a Designer/Visualiser/Artworker. My design career has taken me through the music, toy, t-shirt, packaging & print industry. I am now a freelance graphic designer (British) based in Spain with many clients worldwide using Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign on a Mac.

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Last Answer on November 19, 2020

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How many years do you think web design standards last before they look outdated? For example: do you already look at things from 2010 or 2011 and think Man, that looks so outdated!

Asked by TrezChic over 7 years ago

I think web design i 2010 / 2011 is not much different to now ...for years web templates have been used and they basically all look the same. I personally do not use off the shelf templates if I have to design a site ...but its not my favourite job and always pass it to a junior.

I am sure over the next few years there will be a big difference to how websites look, especially with all the new technology being used now ...and that Flash is not really being used due to the fact it doesnt work on ipads or iphones etc. Future websites, in my opinion, will start to look more basic but with more functions and interactivity.

Hello. I am a 'go between' for a few designers. Must I have Illustrator to be able to download/share .ai files? Is there an option beside using a 'dropbox' like tool? Thanks!

Asked by nicole over 7 years ago

No you dont need Illustrator to download or share .ai files ...only if you want to open them. I use DropBox to share files with clients so it is a good solution for the requirements ...but there are many file sharing options out there ...too many to list, but another one I use is

I am always receiving files from clients and they all have their own favourite way of sending them.

I am a designer myself, but have a project where I need to use images of vintage products such as: the first Crayola box or the first Barbie doll. Normally, I'd take a photo of it and use the photo, but how can I do this if don't have the item?

Asked by Paul E almost 7 years ago

I guess the only option you have is to search stock image librarys such as Shutterstock, istock and Fotolia etc ...I think Getty Images specialise in vintage images. Or another possible option is to contact Crayola and the makers of Barbie to see if they have a photo to use for your project.

Hope this helps

Photo Paint is nothing less than the Photoshop...! If you can't guide me in switching between the two, kindly guide me some basic tutorials fo PS.. Thanks...!

Asked by UMER Qaiser almost 7 years ago

Hi, there are many tutourials out there and the only way I would be able to find them would to Google search them unfortunately that is what I suggest to you. I have been using Photoshop since in first came out many years ago and online tuturials didnt exist then, so the only option I had was to teach myself. Even many years later I am still learning but have never used an online tuoturial. But I am guessing that lessons online are more advanced now so Google search 'Basic Photoshop' and you should get many results. Sorry I cant be of more help.

I there. I am currently designing a business card for a mechanic. He requested a Camaro on it. Most pictures I find are editorial use only. How do I get around this? Is there anywhere I can get a picture that is for commercial use?

Asked by Mandy almost 7 years ago

Most stock photo library sell royalty free commercial use photos not just for editorial use. Have you tried sites like ...hope this helps.

I have an update to your question, Google have now added a image search feature so you can search for images that can be used commercially. Search for a camero image as usual then choose 'Search tools' at the top ...then it gives you the option to filter it for 'Labeled for commercial re-use' ...this is a fantastic addition to the search tools so will be very useful to me too.

I've this very important question sir:

"I have expertise in Corel's Photo-Paint, but now I've a good job opportunity for Adobe Photoshop Designer."

Asked by UMER Qaiser almost 7 years ago

I will be very honest with you ...I have never used Corel Photo Paint and so I do not know the difference. But I do know that Adbobe Photoshop is the industry leader when it comes to design and is what most graphic designers use. I am sure if you obtain photoshop and look at online tutourials you will pick it up very quick as I assume Corel has similar functions etc. Good luck.

How often do you advertise?

Asked by Kiran Dean almost 7 years ago

Never ...I don't need too. All my work comes via word of mouth and online social media. I belong to 2 networking groups which I attend every week. I do not think a graphic designer needs to advertise, especially nowadays ...your online portfolio should be enough ...just spread the word on online media for free.