Hey guys! First of all, get excited for this class. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a lot of work, but it all really pays off. Here are a couple tips to get you through it!
- I know everyone said this in their posts, but really START EARLY! This class is a lot of work and all projects require thought and planning. Start sketches early on, organize Pinterest boards, just even try to get your mind on each project really early on so you’re not totally lost. And, of course, don’t start designing the night before, it just won’t work. Plan your designs and schedule your time!
- DON’T DOUBT YOURSELF! There will be times during the semester when you’ll feel like you have no idea what you’re doing. It happens in every course (at least for me) but don’t stress TOO much about not knowing, it’ll create a roadblock for you and stop you from creating something. Instead of doubting yourself, look for inspiration, go to office hours or talk to your peers!
- RELY ON EACH OTHER! Graphic Design is a very small major at Syracuse, and odds are most of the people in your class are people you’ll be spending the next few years with. Get to know each other, go to Bird or Food.com together to work or just grab coffee together. It’s really nice to feel like you have a support system amongst people who know what you’re going through, especially come the end of the semester when you’re pulling the inevitable all-nighters and need buddies with you!
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS COURSE! Professor Strong is endlessly knowledgable, and every project really can boost your skills in one way or another. The most important thing is to really go all in on your designs, try new things and have fun!