Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Andy Patrick moved to Canada almost four years ago. He studied design at college and university in Scotland, and is currently working as an art director at a web agency in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. When he’s not working, he loves to spend time with his wife and newborn son, is a rock music enthusiast, and loves to go downhill mountain biking.
Andy has been a graphic and web designer for over 10 years now, and got his start as a designer at a print shop working for minimum wage. He’s worked his way up and has learned a lot over the years, but says his most valuable learning has been getting practical experience while working and taking courses. “I love to design and create new things and think of clever ways of portraying an idea,” Andy said. “I live for the pitch and brainstorming sessions!”
Over the years working as a graphic and web designer, Andy says he’s seen the industry change drastically. “From sites being basic and simple online brochures that were a disaster to use, to the present day immersive and sophisticated beauties that we have today that no other medium could ever match,” he explains.
Andy primarily works with Photoshop and Illustrator, and says his favourite thing about working as a graphic and web designer is “that every day is something different and exciting and that through my work I have the capacity to make someone smile.”
He encourages those that are just starting out to have fun with every project you work on, no matter how small, and also advises them to push the boundaries on everything they do. This industry is all about experimenting, using the graphic design programs and tools available to the fullest. He also says to “learn from people, ask as many questions as you can and enjoy every minute.”
“The moment you stop enjoying it is the moment you stop growing.” – Andy Patrick
If you’d like to see more of Andy’s designs and creations, visit his website! Or if you are looking to become a graphic or web designer, or just want to brush up on your skills, we have the courses to do so! Check out our Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator courses on our website, or visit our YouTube channel for free tutorial videos.