Advice to Next Year’s Designers

Hi new designers!

I hope you are all excited for this class. I know I was, and it ended up exceeding my expectations. You’re going to learn a lot and have a lot of fun. Here’s my advice to you for the upcoming semester:

Don’t procrastinate. Even if you’re not completing work early, at least get an early start-even if it’s just a draft or a sketch. This will help get your ideas down and let you see what’s working and what isn’t. It’s also difficult to make good, finessed designs the night before their due, so don’t put yourself in that position.

If you want to experiment with an idea, go big and crazy. Start with the most extreme version of your idea and reel it in from there. If you don’t let yourself do something wild, your designs won’t be special.

Lastly, step away from your work. If you’re letting a design, or some small part of a design drive you crazy, it’s never going to feel finished. Don’t stare at something for hours at a time. Work, give yourself a break, then work some more. You’ll be surprised to see how much perspective this will give you and how much easier it’ll make the process.