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When I went to college the first time away back in 1982, I studied an HND in Graphic Art & Design, a time when computers were not available to graphic design students or our lecturers. Everything was created by hand-drawing, black and white pen and ink flatwork, colour ink, gouache, and watercolour illustration. The text (copy) for small print runs of leaflets and brochures were produced by transferring 'Letraset' to marked-out pencil guidelines. Access to a repro-camera and a photography darkroom was a necessity before 'Xerox' franchise photo-copy shops were springing up on every High St. By the mid-80s this techno leap was a major advancement for time-saving on the job for designers like myself to use as a copy, cut and paste facility to assist with creating, resizing and editing work. Here is some of my graphic design work from that period that has survived in old portfolios and keepsakes of past work. A lot has perished, particularly newspaper cuttings of the adverts I designed, and some work cannot be removed from my portfolio sleeves as the ink has bonded to the plastic. It is ironic that when I got my first Mac in 1991 I was in heaven! I could copy, cut and paste, change the font 100 times, and the best tool of all was 'undo' (command z). The face of graphic design was changed forever...little did I know at the was also the death, and extinction of the 'traditional graphic designer' as a professional trade where you were only as good as your ability to conceptually create and deliver the project through artistic flair and ability to draw, paint and work to a technical anyone with access to a computer can create all of the aforementioned by using templates online to order up their own personalized or commercial branding and marketing material. I claim the title: Graphic Designosaur at the age of 55, not 55 million!

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