Looking Back

What’s the most important thing I learned about design?

Design is best when simple. All those gestalt principles are your friends.

What’s the most important thing I learned about typography?

Well-set type leads for a successful design.You could have the best design in the world, but if the type has awkward spacing, there is something misspelled, or the fonts clash in a bad way, its all downhill from there.

What’s the most important thing I learned about myself?

I learned to look at design differently and analyze relationships between shape and type better.

Now that you’ve been through it, what three pieces of advice would you give yourself if you were just starting to take this course for the first time?

Start as soon as you get assigned the project. Many times I would just float on ideas and not even start sketching until it was too late. Anything is starting, sketch some boxes, draw some lines, your imagination will take you anywhere.

You’re not just a designer; you’re a writer too. So work on that wit, learn some jokes, because guess what? You’re going to have to pull rabbits out of hats sometimes. Good design is witty; it has some sass. There is no such thing a simply being “just a designer.”

Meet everyone in your class and learn to love them. It’s not fun staying up till odd hours of the night working on projects alone. They’re good company, keep you sane, and will listen to you when you want to throw your computer out the window.


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