Your thoughts on Design Education

over 2 years ago from Timothy McKenna, Design Consultant, Host of Signal337 podcast

  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, over 2 years ago

    I'll add that I've interviewed many designers who paid good money to be part of a bootcamp (some 4 weeks, others 12) where they were not given the baseline tools to get a job. Their portfolio work was a huge group project, they didnt know how to prepare their portfolio, and had big gaps in their process. I don't even think that bootcamps are bad or that its impossible to give someone the education needed to land an entry lvl job in 3 months. But they need to be robust enough to know what the minumum needs of a business hiring an entry lvl designer is.

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    • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, over 2 years ago

      We were trying to hire an intermediate UX designer. We got flooded with designers that only took a General Assembly class and that is it. It's fine to get your feet wet, but the majority we need someone that went through the process more than once.

      I went to design school because I avoided art class in high school and my first college. I needed the time to understand the fundamentals. However, art school did not prepare me for the real world because the traditional graphic designer is no longer in demand. All my experiences came through jobs, books, and side projects. Every project I try something new to make the process better. I had no clue what UX was until I read about it tried some stuff out. Heck, I am still doing it.

      If you feel like you need school to understand the process, spend the money. If you think you have to cause its the norm, don't waste your time. You are better off getting an intro job or do freelance work. Our industry is simple. Do you know what you are doing and /or can you make things look pretty?

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