1000 Words of Advice for Design Students

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There are a million things to learn in design school, but what about the things you need to know “about” design school? In an effort to be clear and concise—something your teachers are always bugging you to do—here are exactly 1000 words of advice for design students (clichés included): Keep your ear to the ground. The best gossip is any … Read More

Why Design Education Must Change

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“I am forced to read a lot of crap. As a reviewer of submissions to design journals and conferences, as a juror of design contests, and as a mentor and advisor to design students and faculty, I read outrageous claims made by designers who have little understanding of the complexity of the problems they are attempting to solve or of … Read More

The 25 Best Design Schools from BusinessInsider.com

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With so many design schools out there, how do you truly decide what the 25 best design schools are? I don’t believe there is one simple algorithm or mathematical equation that when run, would give you the 25 best design schools. Creating this type of list takes research, which is exactly what the folks at BusinessInsider.com did this past year. … Read More

Design Career Guidance

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The field of design encompasses a wide variety of areas, including interior, floral, graphic, toy, fashion, commercial, and set design. Designers are charged with bringing aesthetic appeal and functionality to all sorts of aspects of life and are responsible for the creation of almost every object around us. Most designers choose a specialty, such as interior design or fashion design, … Read More

Design Career Specialties

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Design covers a variety of specialities, but what all designers share is an interest in combining aesthetic appeal with usefulness and functionality. 3D Design: 3D Design involves the creation of three-dimensional models on a computer that can be used in the physical production of objects. Advertising: Advertising designers create the visual aspects of an advertising campaign, including graphics, packages, and … Read More

Design School Continuing Education

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Continuing education in design is an increasingly popular option for current designers and career changers to refine old skills and learn new ones. Keeping your knowledge current with the newest technology and trends is the best way to remain an active competitor in the field of design. The evolution of technology in the past 10-15 years has clearly changed the … Read More

Design Career Paths

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Designers combine practical knowledge and skills with artistic abilites to create objects from clothing to furniture to websites and more. They take an abstract concept, lay out plans for how to develop it, and then create the item they had in mind. Designers usually specialize in one area, and most undergo formal training and licensure. Many use computers in their … Read More

International Design School & Education Resources

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Are you considering studying design abroad? Maybe you’re a student wishing to study design in the United States. In either case, you’ll find an array of resources to help you learn more about studying design in a foreign country. Educational Funding International Education Financial Aid – Information regarding international education funding International Scholarships – A free scholarship search for US … Read More

Studying Design Abroad

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An international education, be it a semester abroad or a full degree program in another country, can be one of the most rewarding and exhilarating experiences in a person’s life. There is much to be gained from learning a new culture, experiencing new challenges and opening your mind to a whole new world. Although the events of September 11th may … Read More

Guide to Design Majors & Programs

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Design encompasses a wide variety of activities and disciplines, but all are about making products, messages, or systems that are at once pleasing and useful. Design majors and degree programs may focus on any of the areas listed below. Visit the external links for additional information about that field. Jump to the specific major or program you’re looking for: 3-D … Read More