Grad things. Job things. Life things.
Recently, Mike Monteiro—he of the “Fuck You. Pay Me” school of design—did a nice little write-up about job searching / interviewing for recent grads. While all of Mike’s points are spot on, I couldn’t help but feel that they are from the viewpoint of a person that’s used to hiring in his own particular way, not necessarily someone who’s… » Read more – ‘Grad things. Job things. Life things.’.
Coding Angst
At an AIGA/NY talk that Jussi Ängeslevä gave last week, a point was brought up in the Q&A afterwards that I thought was interesting: should designers learn to code? Jussi of course resoundingly gave his support to this notion, but then threw the question over to a colleague that was in attendance, who said something… » Read more – ‘Coding Angst’.
“Statement of Intent”
The cross-disciplinary aspects inherent in design have always fascinated me. Although I trained as a graphic designer, I’ve always been eager to see what my friends in architecture school are working on, or what new project IDEO is putting out there. The conceptual aspects of design—those projects that don’t necessarily come to fruition, but are… » Read more – ‘“Statement of Intent”’.
The AIGA’s Passion Problem
This year’s AIGA National competition has been dubbed “Justified“, and, in the AIGA’s own words, will be: …examples of good design that are also described in terms of their effectiveness in meeting the client’s objectives. Entries will be judged based on their design attributes and also how well a short case is made on their… » Read more – ‘The AIGA’s Passion Problem’.
The Stacks
Very rarely will you see me out and about in the world without something to read. Perhaps it’s the result of growing up with a house with two English literature majors, but I cannot—for the life of me—imagine going a day without reading something new. I’d estimate that I probably have a backlog of 4… » Read more – ‘The Stacks’.
A Reply to a Graphic Design Student
About a month ago I received an email from a student looking to apply to the BFA Graphic Design program at Cal State Long Beach; the program from which I will graduate from this coming December. Our BFA program is particularly competitive in that students must undergo a portfolio review process in order to be… » Read more – ‘A Reply to a Graphic Design Student’.
[email protected]: Weeks 4 & 5
I figured it would go fast, and so it did: the first Condensed class of [email protected] has graduated. These past five weeks have been a fantastic experience, both in terms of strengthening my skill-set, as well as spending time to get to know a talented group of designers. My worldview on design and branding has… » Read more – ‘[email protected]: Weeks 4 & 5’.
[email protected]: Weeks 2 & 3
The problem with a blog is that it’s a lot like a house plant: you have to tend to and pay attention to it, otherwise it’ll end up just withering up and dying. Unfortunately for my house plant, I’ve been rather neglectful and the leaves – I suspect – are beginning to turn a bit… » Read more – ‘[email protected]: Weeks 2 & 3’.
[email protected]: Week One
I hate it when people say this, but it’s completely true: time does fly when you’re having fun (and/or frustrated, which has definitely been a feeling that’s been felt at times). This first week has gone by so amazingly quick that I imagine that it’ll be the end of July before I know it. This… » Read more – ‘[email protected]: Week One’.
Making the (Upper)Case for Type Education
I think it has something to do with the current stage I am at in my life – and the formation of opinions about that stage – that I find that I’m constantly thinking about typography and its role (or the dearth thereof) in design education. I don’t know that we fully appreciate the impact… » Read more – ‘Making the (Upper)Case for Type Education’.
[email protected]: Pre-Game
In a little over two weeks I will – along with fourteen other students – be starting at one of the few type design programs in the world. [email protected] is probably by far the youngest program of its type, and its most certainly the only program of its kind in the United States (the only others… » Read more – ‘[email protected]: Pre-Game’.
Grazie! Danke! Thanks!
The thank you note is an endangered species. I’ll readily admit that I have forgotten more than once to send one off following the receipt of a birthday gift or a holiday card filled with monetary cheer. And when I do finally remember, it’s months after the fact, and as I’m unsure of the statute… » Read more – ‘Grazie! Danke! Thanks!’.
The Graphic Design Student
Andrew Byrom – a professor of mine at CSULB – recently sent along a survey that was being undertaken by a colleague of his in Northumbria on the state of the graduating graphic design student. Although I’m sure that it was overlooked by the majority of students to whom Andrew forwarded it (he sent it off during… » Read more – ‘The Graphic Design Student’.