Having been brought up in a family print shop in Albuquerque in the 1960's and 70's, I worked my way through every area of printing.
Areas such as:
We didn't have "files" or "jpgs," but the actual type, pasted into place, with the actual PICTURES pasted into place as well.
As I progressed through the mechanical aspects of printing, I eventually learned Graphic Design. All self-taught, and all learned by reading the users manuals for Adobe Photoshop and QuarkXpress. (Indesign didn't exist then)
However, as you can see by my photo that my creative experience extends further than the
IT industry. I have been a musician since high school and currently sing for a Classic Rock cover band.