10 things you need to learn in design school if you’re tired of wasting your money

I hope everyone had a good summer. It’s hard to believe it’s over, yet here we are. Still feeling the summer breeze of warm ocean wind. Still smelling the sunscreen, the taste of cotton candy, the mind still wandering to that summer crush we’ll never see again and sloppy awkward kisses under a summer moon. But as it does every year, and much too soon, summer ends, the Earth tilts, the leaves begin to turn, and we head back to school.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

Welcome back, design students. It’s time to get back to work. Some of you may be entering your first year of design school at one of our fine design institutions. Some of you are mysteriously returning to finish those degrees. Either way, I wish you the best of luck this semester.

Design has as much to do with art as a lobster has to do with a carrot cake.

This article is for all of you. I want to help you make your design education as good as it can possibly be. This article is for everyone who’s ever said “I wish I’d learned that in school.” And while it’s certainly not exhaustive, I’ve compiled a few things that you should make sure you’re learning in school.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

Also, these aren’t things that you need to be in school to learn. But for those of you who are there, might as well learn them early. You’ll have a leg up on everyone.

Let’s start at the top, shall we:

1. Design education is broken

So here’s the deal. I’m not going to lie to you. Design education, with a few exceptions (you can pretend your school is in the exception if it makes you feel better about that fat check you wrote), is inherently broken.

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