Me and creativity are not the best of friends. Sure, I can put together images on a screen, create a layout, attempt to make it look pretty, but starting from scratch, that is what scares me the most. I don’t get inspired easily, nor am I a fantastic, elaborate drawer. The extent of my drawing skills stops at stick figures. That is what scares me the most about this class. In addition, I am not the best when it comes to technology. I know you’re probably thinking that I sound like I am a ninety year old grandma who has never used a computer before a not a nineteen year old who grew up in the digital age, but it’s true. I know my limits. However, I also know that whether I like it or not this class will shove me ferociously out of my comfort zone.
So what calmed my nerves some what?
I noticed many of the students gave advice on how to go about taking on a project. For one, they said that sleeping on your ideas and coming back to a design the next day helps by giving you images a new pair of eyes. That is something I can do, I like to sleep. Plus, I truly believe in this principle in everything from writing papers to reading long, extensive textbook chapters. Second, when you feel like you have no clue what you are creating or doing, just go with your gut instinct.
Another lesson I learned from previous students of this course is to create something that you are passionate about. It will help creatively, it will help the project not seem so soul sucking, and most importantly it will help with time management. When you are excited about a project you want to working on it and not shove it a side for another day.
Lastly, as many of the students said, the professor is there to help. She will give critiques and sometimes they will be harsh, but in the end it will make you a better designer and toughen your skin, a skill that is very much needed in this line of work.
So now to this class, GRA 217, I say bring it on!