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September 12th, 2004, 10:15 pm

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teachers love teaching.... soak up every drop of knowledge, experience and opportunity your teachers have to offer. the good ones will give it gladly. don't mind personalities; forge long-lasting relationships with even the most mercurial teachers.

BUT, don't be naîve either. it's true what they say... it's all in the connections you make along the way that helps get you where you want to go. that also includes your classmates. the design world is awfully small, and you're bound to run into someone soon enough, or better, to collaborate on a fulfilling project.

September 12th, 2004, 10:36 pm

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Dont' burn bridges, classmates or teachers. 5 yrs down the road you might be interviewing at a place one of them works. Learn a professional attitude/ interaction skills early. And don't take criticism personally, they're not personal attacks on you. If it is directed at you, that person is unprofessional, thicken up the skin and learn how to deal with it /them in a calm and rational manner.

September 12th, 2004, 10:49 pm

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>teachers love teaching....

Not necessarily since some just do it for the health insurance. Sad but true.

September 19th, 2004, 4:55 pm

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EXPECTATION
Having an enjoyable career being artistic is not just limited to creating "works of art."
Everything around us needs to be designed.
Everything around us can be improved by an innovative thinker or creative artist.

EXPLORATION
Study as many different types of artistic methods, mediums and styles as you can.
Do not limit yourself in your friends and contacts, but be open to give and receive from all people.
TRAVEL. Become a sponge to your environment.

EXAMINATION
Create something that "makes a statement."
Keep challenging your art and work at improving.
Seek out your purpose in life and your place in this world.
Once you get a vision, pursue it with all of your heart.

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November 6th, 2004, 2:14 am

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If i knew then what i know now......
1. Learn from your professors as much as u can. After all they have some experience in the field. Develop good relations with them and demand for their extra time.
2. Participate in the discussions (any sort) and let that be a healthy one.
3. Browse browse and browse...there is so much information available on net.
4. Lastly do participate in the competitions..it not only adds to ur portfolio but also gives u a good learning.

November 6th, 2004, 9:29 am

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DON'T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES!

This was the best advise an old boyfriend gave me years ago.... and after 22 years I still struggle with it.

November 25th, 2004, 3:49 pm

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:arrow: 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.

:arrow: Professor James Bebee (might as well credit him since he's such an inspiring individual :wink: ) 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.

:arrow: 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.

http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~jbebee/ration.htm



*Note: He didn't say the above in verbatim, but it's the general idea with a little bit of input meshed into it.
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November 26th, 2004, 2:35 am

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all very very good advices......wish there was this discussion 6 years ago. my advice for the new comers, just when you think you have arrived at the greatest solution, sit on it......then work some more. another thing, maintain a good relationship with all your friends, teachers, guest speakers, connection is super important in the design world.

February 1st, 2005, 4:02 am

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As a fellow student studying ID...THANK YOU ALL for your wisdom. :wink:

February 1st, 2005, 4:38 am

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My advice is;
- To invest in ideation; its creativity and good usefull ideas companies are awaiting from a designer
- Invest in manufacturing, engineering and material know how
- Understand the marketplace the product you design is in, designers are so focussed on products while the companies make money by selling it, many award winning products are hardly succesful
- Last but most important; get inside the head of the users, designers live in an ivory tower and are no representatives of the consumers and users; get down, talk to eveybody, observe, read and wonder what drives users to buy and use products


My 2cts worth, I realised this allready during studies but now after 10 yrs I kind off think I am just starting to be somehow be a complete designer.......... just starting :wink:

Regards, Ron
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February 1st, 2005, 4:55 am

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my advice is:


school sucks, but you have to go to school to learn things.
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February 4th, 2005, 10:48 pm

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actually agree.

February 19th, 2005, 2:53 am

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Don't get sick. Don't ever get sick during the school year, it's lethal.

A couple of days of headache is enough to throw you overboard. Missing a class means missing a week worth of class, means you have to work extra quick to check up once you recover.

I suffered from massive headache and bad sore throat for the past few days and had to pull through the week like usual, or else I will be even more screwed. Now I feel like my blood is drained of sugar.... Accumulate a collection of medications. Take them when you notice the slightest sign of virus attack and never wait.

For me, going to a doc and get a medical leave is just an excuse and will not help you at all. Western docs always give antibiotics anyway which I have no interest in. I stick to what always works.

When the school offers cheap flu shot, GET IT. You will be retarded not to.... as like in my case.


BTW, headache + no sleep + markers = hell.

February 21st, 2005, 11:06 am

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molested_cow wrote:
I suffered from massive headache and bad sore throat for the past few days and had to pull through the week like usual, or else I will be even more screwed. Now I feel like my blood is drained of sugar.... Accumulate a collection of medications. Take them when you notice the slightest sign of virus attack and never wait.

For me, going to a doc and get a medical leave is just an excuse and will not help you at all. Western docs always give antibiotics anyway which I have no interest in. I stick to what always works.
dude- your attitude is completely irresponsible. If you are sick, stay home! Your teachers will understand unless you are a total screw off, and then it won't matter anyway. Instead, you selfishly spread your germs to your classmates, which is probably how YOU got sick. And not seeing a doctor could lead to pnuemonia, bronchitis, etc- and you will be far worse off for it. How much are you learning while you're concentrating on how crappy you feel anyway?

February 21st, 2005, 12:28 pm

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Then you should tell that to my instructor who was sick the day before I did.

Furthermore I only had one more class to attend, and it was cut short.
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