Advice for new designers

Hello new designers!! Welcome to your first design class! I hope you guys are all super excited for this semester, it will be one of the most stressful yet rewarding classes you will take. Here are some tips to help you get through the semester:

  1. Absolutely do not start a project the night before it’s due or even two nights before it’s due. You will never create your best work the night before. Throw down some sketches or make a Pinterest board, look at anything and everything that might give you inspiration. There are a lot of assignments in the class, and starting early is NEVER a bad idea.
  2. If you are working on something and it just isn’t working, let it go. This is something I learned at the very end of the semester that would have saved me a lot of time and effort. There were many times when I loved a design so much that I couldn’t see (or didn’t want to see) that I could have done something much better if I just tried something new. Don’t throw out the thing you made, save it for later!
  3. This class is supposed to be fun, if you find yourself making something you hate then you’re doing it wrong. You have the ability to turn it into something you love and make something really wonderful.
  4. And lastly, it’s ok if you have no idea what you’re doing because odds are, someone else is in the same boat. Get to know your classmates and bounce ideas off of them. It’s good to get a second set of eyes to look at something, they could catch something that you might never have noticed. If you’re stuck on something, take a breather. Don’t work on it for a day, you’ll come back to it with fresh eyes and realize what needs to be changed or fixed.

Good luck!


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