Dear Design Student… Be Passionate!

REPOST 7/31/18

The last 10 months (in particular the last 2) have been the craziest rollercoaster. Now Graduation is over and I’m now officially (supposedly) an adult in the real world, I’m starting to reflect on it all. 

Ironically 2 weeks into the first semester I went to my tutor and told him I didn’t know what I was doing here.  10 months and 4 awards later I’m still incredulous that I am where I am.

New Designers 2018

I very nearly didn’t come back from my Disaster Relief work in Nepal. I was adamant that was the place I was supposed to be. When I did decide come back to University I felt completely overwhelmed, experiencing major reverse Culture Shock.  Surrounded by some of the most talented Design students in the country, I felt a little daunted that I didn’t have a shining design strength. I knew I was a good communicator and I wanted to empower people, but I wasn’t where to start.

What I’ve come to realise is that my greatest skill is my passion. It’s pushed me to better my work, improve my design skills and do everything I can to create a solution with real impact.

Multiple teachers and students have asked me for any tips on how to do well as a design student. There are hundreds maybe thousands of answers to this, many of which I’m sure you will have heard 100 000 times: try and work 9-5 with a well-balanced life; don’t leave things to last minute; practice makes perfect, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. These all of course still apply to the best of your ability (even that balanced life one), but my number one piece of advice that I have from doing my project is to BE PASSIONATE.

Care about the problem you are trying to solve. Really care. It makes such a difference and it will shine out of everything you do.

As a designer, you need to be able to communicate your idea as effectively as possible, and we have a wide range of tools to do so!  But those tools involve a passion, without it, no one else is going to buy into your dream. I truly believe it is what has pushed me and also the other New Designers to get to where we are (and I would really recommend checking out their work too!).

I guess that I’m trying to say is try not to feel intimidated if you don’t think you’re the best sketcher or CAD designer or model maker. If you really care about what you’re doing and you keep pushing yourself, you’ll create the tools that you need to communicate your design to the people who need it.

I have no special talents. I am just passionately curious

Albert Einstein

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