What motivates you? What inspires you? Why do you do what you do? We all have to ask ourselves this question when first getting into a field like design. We are all inspired by certain things in this life, and finding out what exactly that is and how to keep up within that inspiration isn’t always a straight-forward and obvious path to carve.
Networking: A Key Ingredient For Collegiates and Beyond
Networking is a science all to itself. It’s a beast that if not yielded to and/or pursued can come back to leave you scratching your head. This small concept known as networking is vital to the web designer and whether or not he/she is decent in this area can determine one’s career placement, advancement, or even initial beginning.
Establishing Morals Within Design
Design is a great thing within culture. It’s one of the most influential messengers we humans have to offer to one another. Design has created tons of awareness for great causes, missions, and campaigns, but I’d argue that most West-European modern design within the last 100 years has done more damage than good.
Going to College for Design
School is a great tool. A tool that can advance one’s career but a tool nonetheless. Some people think that going to school will inevitably get them their dream job, while some just use it as a tool to avoid an actual job. This poses a lot of confusion for employers as they are usually looking for someone with the experience of a 4 year bachelors degree, yet have real world experience too.
The Art of Freelancing
Freelancing is a game that not all can play and do well with. In fact, I’d argue that it takes more brains, hard work, and energy than most have the power to carry out. Freelancing isn’t something a designer (if they can title themself that yet) can just jump into. A certain level of experience is required to know how to communicate, estimate budgets as well as their estimated delivery times, and properly manage their money.
Staying inspired is extremely important. We are designers, and even though we have an amazing job that we carry out every day on the whims of pressuring clients, if you’re not sure why you’re in it, then you’re probably not doing all that great of a job either…
Where Do You Find Your Design Inspiration?
- To all the creatives out there, where do you gather, research, collaborate, or get ideas from? I have my own list, but I think this would be a great place for all of us to collaborate on where we go when we are looking to start something new! I'll start:
- Your turn! Go!
Content Containment within User Interfaces
I’m starting to realize how much emotion, and many subtle psychological judgments we make concerning even the smallest of web visuals.I mean, there are a ton of different styles, assets, and goals to feel out within web design; all created with intention of getting a certain message or “vibe” across to the viewer.
One of the key components that I see within design layouts is how the content is contained. We all know that content is king, so it would seem that the container wrapping the content should have some heavy thought put into it.
Design: Vocation or Mere Occupation?
“I’m a designer”.
We hear it all the time. Every kid with a sketchbook, graphite pencils, and a keen sense of ambition calls themself a designer; maybe even an artist. However, artist and designer are two very different things. This probably isn’t new to most of you, but to be an artist means you paint your canvas with statements and hard opinions. To be a designer however, is to be the master puzzle solver; the one who can solve problems with fractions of art and with sequential, psychological steps to prove another’s success story. Both are a calling. Both are up to the individual of whether or not their destiny will merely be an occupation, or a calling…a vocation.