Hi, I’m Sara!
Here is my advice for you to get the most out of this design course:
- It’s ok not to know what you’re doing. The design process is scary. Take every ambiguity, vulnerability, lack of inspirational moment you come across and just tell yourself “start small.” Find a foundation, start with something you already know, and then just run with it. Fu*k sh!t up. Go and kill it with everything you got, because you and I both know you’re talented, smart, and have a big damn heart for the work you do.
- Find purpose in everything you do. This will make every design brief meaningful and you will gain one the biggest learning curves this semester simply by having the drive to learn because it matters to you. This course is extremely self-motivated and requires a high level of self-discipline. Push yourself, because you know you can do better. Look for inspiration outside of your comfort zone, not just because everyone says this because it will truly make you see the world with new eyes. Subscribe to a new magazine that you don’t typically read. Go to a event you wouldn’t usually attend. Exposing yourself to the new and unknown will expand your horizons and more importantly make you a bolder creative.
- Own your work. You just spent 10 hours moving pixels on your screen. By the end of your semester, you probably contributed blood, sweat, and tears along with 10,000 hours of tough love (ok maybe not that extreme). But if you believe in your work, it will come together. You need to give yourself the benefit of the doubt that what you have done is progress you deserved and you will become a even better creative with every project you accomplish.
Sending you all lots of love, best of luck, and don’t forget to enjoy the ride :)!