In 2012, I had a sweet encounter with CorelDraw, a very popular design software. The owner of the laptop I was using left it the app open and because of my love for computers, I started playing with it. I ended up designing a poster he thought looked cool. He screamed, “Ah wait! Are you a graphic designer? Wow!” I said no and he said, “wow, you should be.” That was how it all started.
I ended up Googling “How to be a graphic designer” on my Pentium 4 desktop at home and got myself a version of Photoshop that night (that was what the article told me to download). After a few explorations and ‘How-Tos’ on YouTube, I figured the basic tools out. I have always been excited about how good things looked so it wasn’t so difficult to think through how I wanted a design to look like.
Going to University that year to read Physics, I only had one thought in mind. How to convert my love for making things look good into something meaningful. No one had developed a blueprint to follow. ‘How to be a graphic designer’ didn’t yield any Ghanaian results. In my room on the 5th floor of Conti, I had unpacked my desktop unto a table, ready to figure out how to combine Physics with being a designer.
Throughout my years on KNUST campus, I spent time honing my skills by being a collector of flyers and posters everywhere I went. You’d see me enter a bank only to pick up sample flyers (and sometimes drink some refreshing water lol). I believed I could only give what I consumed. KNUST made this easy because every flat surface you’d find was covered with posters – student businesses, election campaign posters, college week celebrations, events, parties and . Those became my major source of inspiration. They gave me ideas on colour combinations, typeface, layout, visual style and imagery.
Social Media made it easier. I connected with a few other creatives on Facebook which led me to a Whatsapp community called Artminded. This was a powerhouse of some of the best creatives I know in this country right now. The community helped me find people who would share honest feedback about your work and help you get better. This has been a major contributing factor to my growth as a creative and I decided to extend this experience to other creatives through dEX Ghana.
This is why I have decided to write. The plan is to share all I know in the small 9 years that I have been a creative. To be able to help provide a roadmap for budding creatives and to help them find answers. I started in 2018 and took the site down due to some technical challenges. I’ll try and find some blog posts from back then and share as well. Let’s see how it goes.
Wow! Many many things in common is what I have with you. But I am a fullStack developer. I did a bit of graphics, but guess it wasn’t the area for me.
You are great already, keep ploughing.
Thanks John. I guess you found what you love. Higher higher we go!
This is an inspiring story
Thanks Bibiana, I appreciate!
So pleased to see you accomplishing great things.”
Thank you Bernard
This portrays the real character: Mr. Daniel Ampofo, already a great inspiration to inexperienced and experience youth in the ingenious industry a degree holder in physics. Telling how inductive one can be with “His” passion (sentiment) to trauma directly or indirectly to society. We hope for greatness. 💯💥💫
Thanks Seidu. Let’s keep inspiring others with our stories.
Woooow, awesome. I have sought for the opportunity to sit under you to learn because your designs inspired and motivates me to do more. I will be glad if you can put the blueprint together for upcoming designers in pdf or hard copy format.
Always welcome Bayala. A few things are in the pipeline. Let’s see how it goes. Follow closely here as well. I’ll be sharing a lot here
The old will now follow the young to learn 1 or 2
Keep it up my boss
God bless you
Amen Boss! Higher higher we go!
You’ve always been an inspiration, from graphic design to photography to web design. Thanks for teaching me indirectly. Can I get the link for the art minded whatsapp group?
Always welcome Isaac. Unfortunately, everyone has become very busy in Artminded. Nothing much happens there these days lol. We all keep in touch and check on another from time to time.
Nice work Danny. You have always shown talent in the field. I sometimes asked what you were doing in the physics department instead of computer science. This initiative will bring a global recognition to our local graphic designers. Keep it up
Thanks Emmanuel. I really appreciate it. Physics has been an interesting part of my journey lol
Very interesting and inspiring story you’ve got there Daniel. We all indeed have a Unique Selling Proposition (USP) worth exploring and am very glad you did yours.
Physics???.. that’s the comment. 😂🤯