GO TO OFFICE HOURS: I found attending office hours to be one of the most helpful aspects to this class. Professor Strong gives great advice which really helped me improve my graphic skills. I know that personally, I usually disregard going to any office hours but for this class I found it to be very beneficial to my projects and my learning. Professor Strong is always willing to extend or offer more office hours so I highly suggest you take full advantage. Her office hours also fill up VERY quickly so I recommend you sign up for them right when you get your assignment sheet!
BE CREATIVE: I was always scared to think outside the box when it came to my projects. I felt comfortable using the simple fonts and dull colors. But as the semester progressed and I became more comfortable with design, I became more creative and expanded my mind to things bigger and better than the color black. Do not be afraid to take that bigger risk on the first project. I waited too long to become creative and think outside the box and I believe that I could have done much better on my assignments if I took risks during the first project and not wait to realize that later on in the semester.
DOWNLOAD ADOBE: I HIGHLY suggest taking advantage of the free trials of adobe. I enjoyed doing the assignments much more in my apartment then going to Newhouse only to find that the labs are taken by a class. Adobe offers 7-day free trial but if that runs out you can then purchase the software. Having the programs on my own computer made it a lot easier to complete projects since I was not relying on the Newhouse computers.
ASK FRIENDS/FAMILY: Going to office hours was defiantly beneficial but I also found that getting my friends and family’s opinion on my projects to be helpful. I’m a strong believer that the more eyes the better. They also might catch a spelling error (which can prevent you from getting an A) or another minor error. It also helped open my mind to creative ideas that I would never have thought of myself.
LAB TIME: I personally know that students get tons and tons of work and doing these graphic assignments definitely take time. Take advantage of the free time given in lab. I always got ahead in my lab class and it made me feel less stress in my free time. You can get a lot done in an hour and 20 minutes. That is also a great time to ask questions and learn new things about Indesign or Photoshop. There is a TA present in your lab and they are there just to help and teach you. Do not be shy or afraid to ask your TA to show you how to do something! That’s what they are there for!