My original plan was to study psychology. Or German? Or architecture...but then I realized two years into a liberal arts program that those were interests, not actually things I wanted to make into a living. So I transferred to Pratt to deliberately study graphic design because that had always been something I knew I was good at and had done for fun in high school (albeit on Microsoft Word). I also just generally wanted to be around more creative people. I'm really glad I did it even though art school tends to feel like death.
I have a weird side insta where I've been cropping and posting little graphic elements of old ads from magazines I have from the 20s, 30s, and 60s. It's called @ephemeraunlimited and I'm having a lot of fun sharing these tidbits out-of-context. For instance one of my favorites is this housewife saying "For women only: laxative news!"
I do some illustration and want to do more. I have friends who are infinitely more talented than me but I'm still proud of how far I've come in terms of my skill level. So if you're like me and you went into art school dreading figure drawing class, just stick with it and you will improve. I always do basic sketching for all my projects, even though they might go into Illustrator right after that. If for no other reason, it helps you to get out of the computer.
Keep humor in your work. You’ll go crazy if you don’t laugh at your work and the design world in general.
Make things with friends whenever you can. Some of my fave projects have been silly videos/fake ads I’ve written and filmed with friends, and I’m not a filmmaker by any means.
Develop your taste. Go to museums, gallery openings, concerts, read books, etc. Don’t be basic.
Ask people for help. Whether that means with finding a job, learning a new technique, or getting extra manpower for some vision you have.
Develop some totally non-visual-art related hobbies. I taught myself to play piano (badly). The point is not to be well rounded but to take a break from your visual brain.
Instagram: @nicolasage, @ephemeraunlimited
LinkedIn: Nicola Householder