Guide to Design: An Edge in Design Education

by Frederick H. Carlson
Guide to Design: An Edge in Design Education

The design profession revolves around the idea of process and not in the finality of the finished product. As technology, the marketplace, and society change constantly, design both drives that change and reacts to that change quite overtly. What qualities might give you an edge as you consider design as a career?

If you prefer working within a group and communicating with other people in your creative endeavors, design is probably more suited to your personality.

If you enjoy bringing your talent to uplift and edify others who are not creative, you are also more suited to this field.

If you think in terms of "series" rather then "one-of-a-kind" when you create, you are mentally ready to handle the information stages and process technologies that need to be mastered in the design profession.

If you can "hand off" to others the responsibilities involving finalizing your own ideas, this shows you can subdivide the creative task into a search for efficiency and time management, which is key to profitability in all segments of the design business.

Strong academic performance and desire to excel in writing, business, marketing, and history are important additions to the artistic desire of the young student investigating the design career track. Experience and a general comfort level with computer use will enhance any level of commitment to this effort.

Once you're in school, you might consider specializing in such skills and elective course work as emerging technology, technical and creative writing, business management, advertising and marketing, art history, rhetoric and communication, and certain engineering and mechanical disciplines in addition to the studio course work in design.

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