Daily Trust - - YOUTH VILLE -

Text by Lat­i­fat Opoola @Lat­i­fatOpoola

Graphic de­sign­ers are the con­jur­ers of amaz­ing cor­po­rate images for the recre­ation, and the fash­ion industry be­cause with­out them no brand could suc­ceed in en­tic­ing clients the way they do.

They have the skills that at­tract a cus­tomer’s mind to­wards lik­ing the prod­uct their client is aim­ing at sel­ing. The bet­ter a graphic de­signer is in do­ing his job, the more chances he has of work­ing with big or­ga­ni­za­tions es­pe­cially fash­ion houses famed for their glam­orous prod­ucts and ser­vices.

The graphic de­signer DT_Youthville has se­lected for to­day isn’t just a de­signer; he is one who has many dreams and is de­ter­mined to over­come his to achieve his goals.

Ah­mad Kabir Aliyu is a free­lance Graphic and fash­ion De­signer who has been in the busi­ness for about 10years now. He told DT_Youthville be­cause he de­vel­oped the in­ter­est to sketch when he was a goung boy and that pas­sion has stayed with him since then.

He said as a young boy, he felt he needed to im­press his class­mates by sketch­ing car­toons and mod­els in so­phis­ti­cated fash­ion at­tires in sec­ondary school.

Aliyu who started by sketch­ing on pieces of pa­per grad­u­ated into us­ing a lap­top us­ing corel draw, pow­er­point and pho­tolog af­ter a while he be­gan to sketch de­signs that peo­ple re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated and they were grat­i­fy­ing him for his ef­forts.

The 25year old Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence grad­u­ate of Univer­sity of Abuja who got his diploma in com­puter pro­gram­ming at an In­sti­tute in Kaduna State about 10years ago said the de­ci­sion to learn was to en­able him get the ba­sics of the pro­fes­sion.

“I get mo­ti­vated by in­spi­ra­tion most of the time but when I knew I could earn so much money from the pro­fes­sion, I de­cided to get a diploma in com­puter pro­gram­ming from Razz com­pe­tent In­sti­tute diploma about 10years ago. That gave me the needed edge,” he said.

He started earn­ing money from it about six years ago and now he earns up to N500,000 or more per con­tract. “It is a very lu­cra­tive busi­ness but also very task­ing. To ex­cel in any­thing one has to be orig­i­nal. Yes there is no prob­lem in look­ing at other peo­ples de­signs for in­spi­ra­tion but never ever copy, be­cause it is tan­ta­mount to steal­ing,” he warned.

He called on youths to do what­ever they can to find the fun in what they are do­ing, they shouldn’t do their jobs be­cause they have to pay bills, but do it for the pas­sion.

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