You Be the Judge: “The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know” by Jamie Wieck

50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

Jamie Wieck, a self-described “design factotum” (designer, illustrator and film director) compiled a list of 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know based on his personal experience and those of his friends and fellow creative colleagues. The list is intended to provide tips for the newly graduated graphic design student. “Some of these points are obvious, others less so – but all are brief, digestible nuggets of wisdom that will hopefully go some way to making the transition from graduate to designer a little bit smoother,” he says.

It seems that everyone is full of advice when it comes to your future career as a creative professional (check out HOW’s 29 Things That Every Young Designer Needs to Know poster here, designed by id29). All that advice can be overwhelming, so you be the judge! (We love #17 “Make friends with a printer,” and #28 “Never work for free.”). If you’re craving even more tips from Wieck, don’t worry, he’s working to expand the list to 100.

Check out the first five tips below, and the rest of the list here.

50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

1. You are not the first. There are very few ‘firsts’ these days. Countless others have started studios, freelanced and requested internships. It can be done.

50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

2. There is always someone better. Regardless of how good you are, there will always be someone better. It’s surprisingly easy to waste time worrying about this.

50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

3. Success is not a finite resource. College fosters a zero-sum mentality: that someone has to fail for you to succeed. In truth, another’s success doesn’t limit yours.

50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

4. You cannot score without a goal. If you don’t know what you want, then how can you pursue it? Having a goal defines an end point, and subsequently, a place to start.

50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

5. Starting anything requires energy. It takes more energy to start than it does to stop. This is true for physics, your career, and that idea you need to work on.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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