I really enjoyed my educational experience. When I wasn’t trying to outwit the weather of Southeastern Idaho, I was running between campus and the printer. The instructors of the design program I attended all had Master’s Degrees from Art Center of Pasadena, and years of industry experience. We had weekly visits from artists from companies such as Blue Sky, Microsoft, Tether, Inc, and more.
Critique played a very integral part of my education, as it should anyone’s education. I wouldn’t be the lifelong student I am today without an appropriate amount of emotional detachment from my work. However, maintaining that cool distance from my work to be able to accept and implement critique was taught early on. My instructor had us turn in three foamcore mounted posters, and put them on the critique wall. We were then told to identify the weakest design, and tear it up and throw it away. So we did, and I kept the scraps to remind me to always have the ability to take a step back and produce the best quality work.
My educational experience has taught me to view being a designer as being an eternal student. This means I see each project as an opportunity to learn and sharpen.