I am a Graphic Designer from the Detroit metro area. I hold two associates degrees from Oakland Community College, in Graphic Design and Liberal Arts, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Michigan State University.
Additionally, I am a front-end developer with some degree of programming training supported by a primarily autodidactic formation.
If you've made it this far, I'll assume you're interested in what sort of Graphic Designer I am.
Graphic Designer, in my view, while convenient in its utility, is something of a narrow term. While it's a part of what I do, I find it inadequate to describe the full breadth of my trade—bringing clarity and hierarchy to user interface systems, for instance, depends little on one's ability to place and proportion graphics. Similarly, corporate identity design is a strategic exercise that leverages design principles toward specific goals of concentrating and abstracting complex ideas into simple and iconic symbolism that is unique, memorable and replicable. While less packed with buzz and jargon, the essence of what I do is visual communication, a more apt descriptor.
I apply careful study of design history and principles to the task of accurately transmitting ideas at a distance, reinforcing and embellishing where linguistic solutions, constrained by temporal considerations and flaws inherent in language, fall short.
The primary tools I use today are Adobe Creative Suite and Hypertext Markup. Not long ago it was markers and drafting tools. I expect not long from now it will be something else entirely.
As you might have guessed, much of my working time is spent bombarding my eyeballs with little balls of computer generated light.
In my leisure, I mitigate this by bombarding my eye holes with retinal destroying light bullets the old fashioned way—a Lincoln Electric arc welder.
Having a decent respect for a quality tool, and a healthy aversion to the price tag that comes with a decent "family heirloom" quality bench vice, I approached my need for one in a non-traditional fashion. When it came time for a new one, I hit the steel yard and scrounged through some scrap metal (in this case, the beefy body of a broken 1 ton floor jack). The SAE threaded rod is good for about 8 tons of clamping force. I don't know if will still work in 100 years, but considering it's 1/4" wall square tube welded with 7018, I'm fairly confident it will still be around.
I also occasionally produce some metal art of the manly variety.
Though, more often, I'm working on more conventional projects, like turning a wrench beneath a Chevy half-ton or preparing to swap an LS1 into a WJ.