The process of design is a process of problem solving. While it is a simplistic approach, it is nonetheless true and thus a designer without an analytical bent of mind is clueless about the responsibilities of good design. Designers are essentially people who would be most happy as a singer or performer, actor, teacher, photographer or even an archaeologist. A career in design requires both technical skill set and design sensibilities. Opportunities abound in the design scenario today:
Discovering oneself through photography means ending up as a supremely self-centered introvert or some wedding photographer trying to hone the craft. With due respect to both categories, it’s hard to bring anything fresh and new to the forefront. Don’t believe me? Check flickr.com
The art of graphic design executed exquisitely is the matter of communicating a message with good aesthetics. If you have a desire to communicate well the message you will take to it like a fish to water. The followers of this discipline will find fine-art so unappealing (and pretentious) since it offers tangible benefits to the reader/viewer and offers solutions to problems – real world problems.
Today’s web design standards and tools offer all the flexibility and room to play as print design and the web is a most exciting place to play in – with apps, portals, magazines, blogs, portfolios and wikis offering interactive multimedia content that makes the print medium pale in comparison.
Industrial & Product Design is for people who wish to consider the design of everyday things. While many may feel that it would take away from the internet, collaboration, and graphic design due to the often secretive nature of the job and the need to mostly maintain a ‘color within the line’ approach, it offers a true 3D experience for designers who want to seen their visions come to life – everyday life in the physical plane.
Explore websites that teach the basics, and be inspired by what other artists are doing. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses:
- Knowledge of Graphic Design is essential to communicating ideas quickly and effectively.
- The medium progresses quickly and without fail.
- What works for some cultures does not work for others.
- Design and usability is all about learning from others, making generalizations and paying attention to best-practices.
- Question yourself and your design abilities.
- Through introspection and repetition, any designer will become better.
- Always try new things and push yourself. Find inspiration from as many mediums as possible.
The possibility of a career using design, computers, psychology, and logic is very appealing. Learn something new every week. Keep pushing yourself and pushing the medium. The web is changing for the better and it’s people like us who are helping every step of the way.
I have taken under my tutelage a young PR globetrotter who seeks a career in design and I’m attempting to recreate our conversations and lessons in a blog series for designers, artists & deviants everywhere. The series will explore research, philosophy, theory, trends, practical lessons and case studies. The episodes will be published on my blog starting today.
Up, up and.. Away!
Inspired by Andrew Maier’s article.