Lessons Learned: Spring 202

If you’re looking to learn more about design and prepare for a career in graphic design or art directing, you’ve made a great choice in taking this course. You’ll go through some growing pains, but you will learn a lot and come out a better designer.

Some Advice:

  • USE. THE. GRID. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry. Prof. Strong will explain. It will become your best friend, and it will take your designs to another level.
  • Don’t become too attached to a design concept. Sometimes, an idea just doesn’t work, and you have to be able to let it go and move in a different direction.
  • Try things you don’t think will work. Sometimes, they do. The smallest change can bring a whole design together.

What I Learned:

  • I learned to step out of my comfort zone and be more adventurous with my designs. An unexpected color or typeface can add a lot. You don’t always have to play it safe.
  • I learned to work around limitations. My publication was a history magazine, and almost all the photos available were black and white, so I had to find different ways to bring in color.
  • I learned the importance of individual design elements, especially typography. It’s important to familiarize yourself with all the elements and what role they play.