The semester flew by so fast. I learned so much throughout it all but there were five things that will stay with me for a long time.
1) DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS
If you forget everything I type in this post don’t forget this. I could stop writing now…and you will still be left with valuable information but out of respect for the assignment I will continue. You’ll be surprised how the smallest details have the largest impacts. There were so many times that Prof Strong tweaked a bit of my project and it had a completely different look to it. It was stronger!
2) Don’t stress, don’t panic
I realized when you let yourself be scared before you even start a project, it stops you from being creative. And creativity is good (Spoiler: #3 Is about creativity). When Prof Strong introduces the topic, it will appear to be too much to handle but take everything step by step and you’ll be fine. Don’t panic because that waste time and you need all the time you get!
3) Creativity and Simplicity
This will set you apart. Always try to see how you can improve something without compromising the concept and the understanding of the project. What helped me (with my successful assignments) was when I put myself in the seat of the client and saw if I really liked it. When you make your projects make them great–take ownership in your work. Your assignments are your babies and every parent wants their baby to be great. Make your babies great!
Manage your time well. This is the age old knowledge you’ve been hearing since high school. Well in this class your skill in time management is tested. This isn’t the class where you could do a project the night before and expect a good grade.
THIS IS NOT THE CLASS WHERE YOU COULD DO A PROJECT THE NIGHT BEFORE AND EXPECT A GOOD GRADE!
(Maybe now you’ll take me seriously)
The software, the concept, the creativity (see #3 for more information)–will take a week alone (give or take a couple of days)!
Prof Strong was by far one of my favorite professors in Syracuse. She is very passionate about what she does and it will show in your critique…trust me. There may be times she destroys something you worked on for a while–it’s ok thats what rough drafts are for and if you have a great I.A. like I did, it makes understanding how to apply the critiques that much easier. Take ALL critiques with a notepad and an open mind. Yes!–she knows some of you aren’t graphic designers but she is pushing you to your creative limit to make you better as if you were one. Think of her as a coach–Coach Strong!
Best of luck guys. Much love and peace to all of you. You’re great–believe it!