Graphic Design Fundamentals for You:

Friday, November 08, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
Gestalt is one of the most important concepts for understanding logo theory and psychology. In this post, I explain this concept with actual logo examples and an infographic. Let's dive in.
Monday, October 07, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
Create a vector version of the Powell Peralta logo and learn about geometric, minimalist grid logo design in the process (detailed, with lots of pictures).
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
I show you 3 different methods you can use right now to crop an image in Inkscape. Complete step-by-step tutorial with images.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
Becoming a graphic designer is not hard if you have the right attitude, predisposition, and passion for becoming a designer. These tips will help you get there.
Thursday, April 04, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
When you’re starting out learning graphic design, which specific programs you start to learn are not as crucial as learning the principles behind the type of software used. It's simpler than you think.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
As a beginner graphic designer, you may ask what are vector graphics and what are they used for. In a nutshell, vector graphics allow us to create digital drawings in a way similar to how we draw. Let's take a look.
Monday, March 18, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
In order to become a graphic designer, you first need to understand what exactly graphic design is about. There can be many explanations, but we can actually define graphic design in simple terms.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
After years teaching myself and others graphic design, these are the 7 essential steps you need to take to begin learning design right now.
Sunday, March 03, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
This tutorial shows you how to use Inkscape to make a logo using circular grids. Follow the step-by-step guide to create your version of this logo.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
Design principles have been around for a very long time and understanding them is crucial to learning graphic design. I explain what design principles are and mean for graphic design and show you some real-life examples.
Friday, February 22, 2019 Ruben Ramirez
Inkscape is a free and powerful vector drawing software that is available for Windows and Mac computers. It allows you to create graphics and illustrations in a similar way to Adobe Illustrator, and is virtually just as powerful.

My name is Ruben and I'm behind Self-Made Designer.

I teach digital media and like to share my passion and knowledge for graphic design and web development. I believe this is something you can accomplish on your own with the right direction.

The goal of this blog is to get you started.