Advice for Design Students
I just read Frank Chimero’s “What Advice Would You Give a Graphic Design Student?” and was inspired to write some of my own. In no particular order:
- Getting ideas on paper frees your brain to have new ideas.
- Stop trying to have ideas when you’re in front of a computer. It never works as well as talking to others, doodling, showering, biking, etc. These things can therefore be considered working.
- Having a style is another way of saying you’re predictable.
- All skills are like exercise. The more you do it all the time the better you’ll get at it.
- The client will always try to take all the ideas and shove them together. Try not to murder them when this happens.
- A little bit of humor goes a long way.
- Do what’s right for yourself not what’s right for someone else.
- When you see a great idea, don’t just stop and admire it. Think about why it worked and how it could’ve been better.
- Never make something “look like it was burnt/hand written/real” if you can just burn it/write it/make it.
- When you get out of school, seek out feedback from those you trust.
- Get negative feedback. It makes you smarter.
- Get positive feedback. It keeps you motivated.
- When a client gives you bad edits, explain to them why they are bad edits.
- Learning how to write emails is important.
- Being organized matters.
- Only work on the computer when you have to.
- Learn how to do everything, but then work with other people to do the stuff you don’t like doing.
- Be curious.
- Be humble.
- Read lots of things.
- Make a list of every project you work on in any amount. It’ll come in handy.
- Spend the time to set things up right the first time.
- Make helpful resources and starting files for projects.
- Don’t make stressful times worse by acting stressed. Make those the fun moments whenever you can.
- Fuckin do it.
- Networking is douchey. Talking to interesting people about the cool stuff they do is awesome and more effective.
- Save early and often.
- Save multiple versions. Your computer can handle it.
- The end user doesn’t care about what state of the art technology led to what they’re seeing, just that it works.
- Learn how to code.
- Have hobbies.
- Know when to admit you don’t know what the fuck you’re doing and when to realize that nobody else knows either so you might as well act like you do.
- Don’t worry about being the best. Worry about being better than you were yesterday.
Start your week off with some good advice.