Like we talked about in class, every design should have a purpose. It should all relate to the content and work to enhance a certain message. So in order to create the most effective designs, it’s obviously going to be important to read the stories we’ll be designing with.
I always tell myself I need to stay up to date on current events. I’ve kept that promise with myself only when it really mattered – when I was taking classes that involved quizzes on current events. But it’s still not something I find myself sticking to. It’s so easy to make excuses, especially when we’re living in the untouchable little bubble of Syracuse University.
So now I’m beginning yet another attempt at paying attention to what’s going on out there. I’m learning what’s happening in the world via the New York Times, USA Today, and the Daily Orange. And I can tell it’s already going to make a difference in how I progress in this class, and how I design. I’m starting to pay attention not just to the stories I’m reading and how they develop over time, but also how they’re displayed. I can start looking for patterns, graphics, and any other sort of inspiration I might stumble upon between the pages. It’s free knowledge, in more ways than one.