University of Tennessee

Then & Now: Boyd Venture Challenge Winner, InHouse GFX

March 25, 2015

As is the case with many entrepreneurs, Tony Smith’s path to graphic design and what would become InHouse GFX was somewhat indirect, beginning in high school.

“In high school I wanted to start a website called The Young Successorsthat connected young entrepreneurs so they could network and save money by leveraging each other’s talents,” Smith said. “But since I was in high school, I didn’t have money to pay for marketing and graphic design, so I tried to convince a friend to teach me Photoshop. He didn’t really want to teach me, so I ended up going to YouTube and watching tutorials instead.”

Smith picked up the basics pretty quickly, often looking at other graphic design pieces and trying to replicate them. While his initial website idea never really got off the ground, by the time he got to college, he had developed a broad Photoshop skillset.  Read more..