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ross
ross

I’m cautious about asking this, but I’m both curious and in need: Do any graphic designers do open source or creative commons design work the same way developers do open source work for fun/learning/practice/public benefit and, yes, exposure?

philbowell
philbowell

@ross not something I’ve ever done or heard others have done. Design doesn’t really work that way, each project is so specific and has it’s own problems that the designer is trying to solve. Having said that, there are often templates you can find on Pinterest…

Caspar
Caspar

@philbowell Graphic design tends to be more bespoke than code, so it’s rarely applicable. A logo, for example, is specific to the client (or should be!). Type designers could easily CC their work, though.

philbowell
philbowell

@Caspar yeh that’s what I was trying to say, you phrased it much better. Definitely seen typefaces available in that way though. Lato would be a good example.

seishonagon
seishonagon

@ross don’t know if it’s applicable, but the Noun project has tons of CC icons for use. Just need to credit them somewhere in the finished work.

Caspar
Caspar

@philbowell Lato is a great example. You’d have to think CC would be good for some design components, too: interface elements, icons, etc.

philbowell
philbowell

@Caspar probably icons would work well, I can’t imagine myself using an interface elements library but I think there are similar things for use in design with apps like Sketch.

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Caspar
Caspar

@philbowell True. I probably wouldn’t use them either, at least not without substantial modification to suit the context.

ross
ross

@philbowell Interesting. I can see how it wouldn’t necessarily work out for design. I think that’s partly where my curiosity came from. But I also wondered how designers learn practice and grow their skills outside of paid work?

ross
ross

@seishonagon Yeah, noun is 👌

Bruce
Bruce

@ross Sketching/Drawing/Painting. Personal projects. Practice projects (if I were hired by Pepsi for a rebrand, what would I do?).

philbowell
philbowell

@ross mostly through personal projects, that’s how I developed my web design skills. I used to do a lot of little projects for my church or for friends as a way of practicing.