I'm still in school right now, but one of my professors gave students a lot of guidance and advice; one stuck to me like glue and will forever be stuck with me.
Professor James Bebee
(might as well credit him since he's such an inspiring individual
) said that college is not just a 4-year plan to see how good you are at in designing with a computer application (although it does help), but it's also a test of ability to how one can obtain answers to questions, to problems, to concepts through research, interviewing, the library, or all in all, use the resources available at hand. He also said that design isn't only being aesthetically pleasing, but also encapsulates a plethora of differentiating fields where "form" is not the only thing that must be considered, but "form AND function" will create a Gestaltified creation. The Gestalt Principle
, where the sum of all parts is greater than the whole, will also stick to me. Design is teamwork, collaboration, adapting, an exchange of knowledge from one and another to achieve something better. The design field is quite different compared to all other non-artistic fields. Rather than converging and specializing into "one" field like how medical doctors focus on endocrinology or dermatology, designers MUST learn how to "diverge
" and spread our senses to capture as much knowledge as one can to help create a "new & improved" design concept. (I now get what "new & improved" means...spend a little time on this...it get's quite interesting). Design is not only a creative process, but most often a problem solving process
. It's funny because I looked at some of the videos of the "free tools" section at www.aquent.com
and the professors that teach in S.F. almost always prefer designers with a "multidisciplinary
" background versus a "jack of all trades," I'm not sure how this goes outside of San Francisco though, since I've been here all my life.
I am ever so grateful that I took his class as my first class in the design cirriculum. If you like information, here's a link to his philosophy/rational about design. It's very sad how he's participating in early retirement. What a loss to all future design students. I'm sure going to miss his guidance and wisdom.
*Note: He didn't say the above in verbatim, but it's the general idea with a little bit of input meshed into it.