What I’ve Learned

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


I think that I’ve learned so much from this class, but the most important thing is to realize that consistency is extremely crucial. You have to create rules for your design and understand that there has to be a reason for everything you create. If there are too many different elements in one piece your design will not be successful. I also learned that over-designing could be a real problem. Sometimes simplicity is the way to go and looks the best in the end.


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


The most important thing I learned is that every single little detail matters. Whether it’s the spacing, leading, tracking, or even the little widows that have to go, everything needs to be looked at carefully and done with design in mind. Just because you are just creating a body of text does not mean that it doesn’t have to be designed as well. We have to keep the reader in mind at all times and understand what they will be reading. It is our job to make sure they need to put in as little effort as possible when reading a body of text. Also, these mistakes can really take away from your design and your credibility as a designer.


  1. What’s the most important think I learned about myself?


I have always been intimidated by other students and thought of myself as an inferior designer. It is important that I don’t compare myself to others and give myself a little more credit. If you don’t have confidence in what you are doing the outcome will not be up to par.


  1. 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?


  1. My first piece of advice would be to manage your time wisely. It is important to not procrastinate and wait till the night before to complete an assignment. You will be better off in the long run if you take your time with a project and work on it over the entire time-span we are given to complete it.
  2. My next piece of advice would be to realize that once you hand in a project and receive a grade does not mean that you have to put it away and stop working on it. There is always room for improvement.
  3. My last piece of advice would be to go to office hours as often as you can. It is important to ask for help when needed or to just ask for some feedback on your designs. It will definitely improve your work and make you a better designer.


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