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A number of my TAFE teachers were designers who had 10-20 years of
industry experience. They would constantly reiterate the importances
of a portfolio and what employers would be looking for when hiring.
I attend the annual Adobe Roadshow, this showcases all the
advancements in Adobes design software and also gives good insight
into future design and technology trends. I subscribed to Desktop
Magazine, I find this to be an excellent resource for keeping track of
the Australian graphic design industry. I also attend (when I can)
Creative Mornings a free seminar held at Tractor Design school Surry
Hills once a month.
I actually found this transition really enjoyable. I was learning
something new everyday day. I was able to put into practice all the
skills I had learned while studying. I also manage to surround my self
with good mentors who would give me good and helpful advice.
We would often perform peer reviews on assignments. This was good
because it would prepare you when dealing with criticism or
feedback. Teachers would ofter grade our work in an open forum
scenario, this was also useful in terms of validating an idea or
getting a sense check on a design.
Design is all about problem solving. I enjoy finding solutions to
design problems. Wether that be creating branding for a product or
service, designing a user friendly website or making an engaging piece
of print. Good ideas and effective execution of those ideas is
required when producing good quality work. I love the process once
must take to achieve this.
Always be open to learn new skills. Find a mentor to guide you and
give you good advice. Do something creative everyday.