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June, 2019

With thanks to

BBC, Planet Earth


Stories #018

A questionnaire with insights of the community

Tips for designers

At StudentDesign we not only want to inspire the community, but we also want to educate them. We came up with six questions on different subjects within the field: lesson, feedback, 3d-program, branding, portfolio and last but not least, inspiration. There were over 500 responds on each subject, and we bundled it together - to educate and help you on learning. 


1. Biggest lesson

Life is a lesson, and you'll never be too old to learn something new. In the design field there are some lessons to be learned - especially for the younger generation. We all made mistakes and we can learn from one another. We've selected eleven favorite quotes.


There are some 'basic' lessons: you always need to save your work and make time to shoot some pictures/videos from your project. Some other tips focus on time: manage it since there is always a limit of time (and you have to make deadline). Design is, in the end, a lot about communication, between the object and the user. In this process of creating a flaw is always something to adjust, improve or at least learn from.

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2. Constructive feedback

You always design for someone or something (context). In the end there is always this 'user' of your project and you'll need to keep that in mind. In the process it's important to talk your ideas through and the best way is to find your best 'constructive-feedback-partner', whether this is a teacher, parent, friend or fellow student. Because you always need someone, to improve and help you. Einstein, for example, was great of course, but even he couldn't have reached his full potential without learning and discussing with the best.


3. 3d-program

We often get the question: what software do I need to learn. In our experience there is only one 2D-package you should lear: the Adobe (Photoshop, InDesign and maybe Illustrator). In the 3D-field, that differs. There are a lot of great programs so we figured, why not put it up for a count, and so we did.


4. Branding

This subject was a difficult one for a lot of people. In our opinion design is about communicating and therefore it's also important to focus on your story - making it personal is always beneficial. We'll share a couple tips on this subject in the next couple of weeks but already selected a couple of quotes of the community.


5. Portfolio

At StudentDesign we think it's important to show your skills as a designer. In the online world from nowadays we would highly recommend to put effort in a website, since many (potential) clients will use it as a reference. Besides, and this relates a lot to the previous subject 'branding' you can use platforms like Behance or Instagram, since you'll definitely reach a lot more people over there than on a website. When you meet with a client, you can either show your website on a tablet or make a printed version of your portfolio. A portfolio is always the first impression you make, but remember that in the end it's not all about the portfolio, it's also about integrity, kindness and a lot of effort.

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6. Inspiration

Inspiration is key to everything and it keeps you running. There are different kind of 'inspiration seekers'. There is the group who likes to go online, use Pinterest, Instagram and look for pictures and on the other side there is the 'offline' group: they like to go out for a walk, preferably in nature. Inspiration is just anyplace, anywhere & anytime. Just look for it and you'll find it.