I have been working as a designer/illustrator for about ten years, most of those freelance. I eventually transitioned into mostly web design work and started getting more into UX/UI as time passed, especially with my most recent two jobs (so that’s about 3+ years and counting now.) I got my first jobs through word of mouth, but as more resources such as Dribbble came along, I got (more legit) jobs through there.
I went to school, but never finished a degree. Since I was mostly self taught in graphic design and hand-coding websites before I took any formal classes in college, I found them to be slow placed and couldn’t bother to pay attention.
I’m a strong believer in learning by observing and doing. (Though I am really interested in this http://unicorninstitute.com/) Of course you can learn a lot of fundamentals in school, but you’ll learn so much more once you’re out in the field, which is why I’m sure you’re looking for an internship!
Here are some books I recommend reading:
Designing for Interaction
Don’t Make Me Think
Books from A Book Apart
Websites that are useful:
If you’re interested in finding jobs or internships, I recommend looking on the job boards at sites like Dribbble or Authentic Jobs. Depending on where you live, you might be able to snag something on Angel List, which is a place for startups. As always, look at the jobs section of your favorite company’s website to see if they’re hiring.
Go to conferences if you can afford them. It’s hard if you’re a student, but if you find employment, it would be in their best interest to send a willing employee to something like An Event Apart.
I hope this was helpful! I’m sitting here pecking out this huge novel on my phone, but if you have any further questions, you can direct them to my design blog http://14eleven.tumblr.com so I can keep these two spaces separate (:
You can email email@example.com as well.
Thanks so much! (That career guide library was fun to design, but they butchered it when they developed it. Didn’t keep me in the loop at all. ): )
I really wanted to answer on this blog, but the question was asked on my nail art blog (yes, I’m doing that now) because of a previous post of mine on there concerning the user/customer experience of a nail polish company that I’m a fan of.