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I'm a fourth year student double majoring in L.A. and Env Studies. This is for inspiration and things that are just plain awesome. If you have any questions just ask :)
moretortor said: Hey I'm entering my junior year of college and finished up an associates at a community college. Any advice to someone hopefully going to a new school and entering L.A. With no previous design experience?
Be ready for lots of work and stress. Design isn’t an easy major to go into since all our life we have been trained to be more logical rather than creative. Your mind might be torn apart and change but it’s a beautiful thing once you put it back together. Depending on how much strength you have to let this happen, you can open yourself up to so many possibilities and unlimited ideas, so much it might be overwhelming; but once you get control of that, then hot damn.
Don’t be afraid to fail and value your failures as much as your success. Life is full of opinions and none of them necessarily wrong. Be ready to learn from them, it’s an experience within itself. I say this, because many just try to please the teachers instead of going for their passions because it’s what gets them the highest grade. Well you know what, grades don’t really matter a whole ton (just high enough to stay in college) it’s your passion, willingness to step outside of the box, and strength/confidence that gets you to be a great designer. Trying to please the teachers, you can only experience so much growth. Many of your options are locked down. So if you get a B or a C, it doesn’t matter as long as you learned something valuable. If you slacked and got bad grades then a smack over the head to you. So just keep on trying and trying, never stop trying otherwise you’ll stunt your growth.
Never be afraid to voice something “stupid”, because no idea is stupid. It might be impractical for the current situation, but those ideas can help spark other ones and explode from their. Secondly, you are learning for goodness sake. Besides, in order to have great ideas your going to have some dumber ideas, it keeps your mind flowing. One of my teachers in English said that we had to write for 30 minutes straight, no stopping. If we didn’t have anything to write she told us to write “I can’t think of anything to write” over and over again until our mind was sparked; it worked. So don’t be ashamed and there is no reason why you can’t get rid of them. If other people say that it’s stupid, well they are even stupider for having a lock on their mind and limiting the possibilities. It also just might make them feel better…
Be open to all the professors, don’t waste your time disliking any of them. You won’t learn that way and will disrupt others from learning. Hate them if you will, but get the F*ck over it and put it behind you. You are paying to learn not to make friends with everyone. They were hired for a reason and all of them have there own unique outlook. If you disagree with them, you disagree with them, but that doesn’t mean that one of you is wrong, just different. Most of them are eccentric and crazy in a wonderful way that a lot of people aren’t used too. Life will be like that out in the real world. Never stop being open and ready to learn different perspectives because there are so many more than just your own.
Stick up for yourself, even against your professor, but have a actual reason for it. Have a backbone, so many people will question you and your reasons just because they can. But look at how many options that are out there, yours is just as good as other ones out there, so be ready to back it up. Actually, a lot of the professors admire that. Two of ours complained that our class didn’t have any backbone and just gave in to their demands while complaining behind their backs. As I said before, opinions and outlooks are different, so those questions are natural and use images and words to help them to understand your reasons. Not everything has to have a cool in-depth reason either.
Keep on reading and looking at precedent studies, those will help you. It’s fine if you draw ideas from them, just don’t directly copy them. In design it’s harder to copy something since something could be similar but have a different function or look to it. For example, one of my classmates had a tower in her project and when another classmate saw it he thought it was cool and put it in his project. Was it copying? No, his tower served a completely different function in his design than hers. Besides, there’s pretty much no original ideas, if you think it’s yours then you just haven’t dug deep enough.
You also don’t have to be a good drawer to be a good LA. It’s how you communicate your design to the client. Actually if you are too good, it can get in the way of your design. Sometimes your graphic overtakes the design and looses it and so your design becomes a pretty picture instead of a functioning space.
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