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Thoughts on design school?

December 3, 2018 at 1:57pm (Edited 4 months ago)

Often, institutions struggle to keep up with the advancements in technology and design, negatively impacting the curriculum.

  • If you went: what did you learn in design school that positively impacts your career now? (It could be anything from how to properly set type, to user testing -- nothing is off limits)
  • If you didn't go: What was your reasoning?

December 3, 2018 at 8:47pm

I didn't go but I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I'm in the United States which means you end up coming away from any type of education with crazy amounts of debt and no promise of getting a job (or you'll do an unpaid internship for a few years before getting an entry-level design job).

On the other hand, I think making connections would have been great + getting a solid foundation instead of spending multiple years “on the job” piecing things together. I imagine it would also help validate you and ward off those “imposter syndrome” feelings that haunt many of us self-taught designers and coders.

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I went. Very little tbh. Though, my circumstances were a bit different than most. I had worked professionally for about 5-6 years before deciding to go back and finish my design degree when I was 25. I went to one of the top programs in the country for design and still found the curriculum way out of date.

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@cameroncampbell I still feel "imposter syndrome" every day😕

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@atif I guess that makes me feel better about my choice not to go ;)

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December 5, 2018 at 2:13am

@cameroncampbell -- I'd agree. I don't think validation from education would ward off imposter syndrome. I know plenty of folks who went and still experience that. That's definitely a topic I'd love to discuss in the Stark community here though. May toss a question for that up this week. You should also feel free to as well!

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I didn't go to design school. I worked in the education system before getting into design and I know how dated it is. It takes them a long time to catch up so I know that current / the latest technology isn't something I probably would've learned. However, the very fundamental principles of design and business is something I would've been very interested to learn. Some years into my career, I realized how little of the basics I truly knew. I was doing good, and the gut feel/intution/ability to analyze insights was there. However, I realized how far I had to catch up on the foundation of design; our craft. Which is something I think everyone needs to master in order to truly excel both internally and externally in your career.

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@atif that's wild to have gone back and still have it dated.

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