WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER TO STUDENTS AIMING TO STUDY DESIGN AT UNIVERSITY?
Look around at universities, see where suits you best. Don’t have a ‘style’ that you’re limited to & find a university that specialize in computer graphics for instance. TRY & BE OPEN MINDED!!! You really will find that you like doing a bit of this & a bit of that & ultimately create unusual unique design combining all sorts of processes… isn’t this what we all want?! Don’t go to courses where they’re literally churning ‘designers’ out, producing briefs all exactly the same, this isn’t nice… & how are you supposed to stand out in the crowd?!
Become totally immersed with design. I asked Mark Farrow what piece of advice would he give to young up & coming designers & his reply really does sum it up….
“Take in everything, look at books, blogs & magazines, watch tv, but as a designer, not a couch potato. Look around you when you’re out & about, soak it all up, buildings, colours, nature. Digest it all & then let it come out in your work. Be influenced, but don’t copy. There’s nothing better than seeing a great piece of work & thinking ‘wow, I wish i’d have done that’ & then letting the thought lead you to somewhere even better.”
I think it’s important to eat, live & breathe design & if it’s what you want to do, then start early. I wish I had. (via Graphic Artist Rachael Cliffe Interview | Design Juices)