There are few things that will be more useful to a designer throughout their career than a good set of hand tools. I find myself delving into my collection on an almost daily basis, for one reason or another. I have a decent collection of power tools as well, but
I have been working on instituting a 4-word mantra into some of the start-ups I work with. I have thought long and hard on these four words for everything in life. From work to school to relationships. When asked for my advice as a working Industrial Designer and Design Professor for incoming design students they once again came to mind.
Gather round kids and let me impart some wisdom that I wish I knew when I started Design School. These are all things you should be thinking about now, at the beginning of the year so that future you won't die: Write your name on EVERYTHING. Yes, even tape. Especially
There are a ton of impossibly great design books out there, and it's near impossible to boil them down to a small set. But if you've only got the money or the shelf space for a sacred handful, make them these. Great for gifts too!
Let it be known, I love cover letters. For applicants, they're the best way to express thoughtful excitement for a job. For recruiters like me, they're the best way to learn about the motivations and aspirations behind an application. But much to my dismay, these days, there's a common belief
If you're studying industrial design, your dorm room should look different than dorms from students of other majors. As an ID'er you're supposed to be able to design and make objects, and your dorm should be an early laboratory where you devise and test things that will improve your own
I learned everything I know about crit from my Sophomore Design Professor, Willy Schwenzfeier. He was kind enough to let me share the rules we used in class to make crit days enjoyable—for both presenter and audience: Don't Pat Yourself On the BackThe whole point of a critique is to
In a perfect world, all industrial design programs would require a visual communications class that teaches students how to properly arrange a poster. Unfortunately, unless graphic design is already your passion, most of us are essentially dropped in the deep end when it comes to how to make a nice
Advice for design students that has (mostly) stood the test of time from Core77 editors and industry professionals back in 2008.
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):
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