As I work on researching and producing the next post in this series, it occurs to me that I haven’t really specified a) what I’m looking for in a school and b) why you might care what I find.
The answer to a) is simple: I’d like a school that will help me learn the kinds of skills I’ll need to get into the design industry. Whether that means getting a foot in the front door or becoming proficient enough to be hired as a more senior employee (perhaps even to do my own work as a freelancer) it doesn’t really matter, as long as the time commitments are relative to the kind of position I would be eligible for.
I am hoping to have a diverse enough skill set that I can produce media without outside assistance. I have heard that web design and web production are commonly separated in the industry, but I would be uncomfortable (being recreationally OCD) with either handing off my design to a web developer or having a web developer develop my design. Even if this must be a reality, it would be prudent, I think, to understand all facets of a product I would be designing before specializing in any one area.
Towards the artsier end of the spectrum, I am much less intent upon doing everything myself. Although I wouldn’t hesitate to categorize myself as artistic, I am no Michelangelo. I am trying to improve my sketching abilities substantially before I enter the job market, but I doubt that I will ever have the desire – nor raw ability – to be an illustrator.
No, my strength lies in my incessant desire to make everything pretty. I don’t mind making advertisements, pamphlets, websites and posters. Although their design may not move someone in the same way a painting might, peoples’ everyday experiences (at least the kinds of people who grimace at comic sans) would be somewhat bettered…if only superficially. I like the idea of helping businesses express themselves through logos and the challenge of user-friendly functionality when it comes to website design, or indeed any kind of design.
b) is rather simpler to explain: unless you’re stalking me, funding my education, bored or considering a similar education yourself, there is absolutely no reason why you’d be interested in the following searching-for-school posts. They are mostly, if I’m honest, an attempt to organize my own thoughts.