A list compiled by Jamie Wieck of 50 things every graphic design student should know on leaving college. Some of these points are obvious, others less so - but all are brief, digestible nuggets of wisdom that will hopefully go some way to making the transition from graduate to designer a little bit smoother.There's some really great advice here, although i can't say i agree with 100% of it.
[some of my favorites]
4. You cannot score without a goal. - If you don’t know what you want, then how can you pursue it? Having a goal defines an end point, and subsequently, a place to start.
5. Starting anything requires energy. - It takes more energy to start than it does to stop. This is true for physics, your career, and that idea you need to work on.
9. Curate your work. - Never stop editing your portfolio. Three strong pieces are better than ten weak ones – nobody looks for quantity, just quality.
10. Listen to your instincts. - If your work doesn’t excite you, then it won’t excite anyone else. It’s hard to fake passion for mediocre work – scrap it.
17. Make friends with a printer. - A good relationship with a printer is invaluable – they will help you save money and the environment.
20. Ask questions. - Assume nothing. Ask questions, even if you think you know the answers. You’ll be surprised at how little you know.
35. The environment is not a limitation. - The environmental impact of your work isn’t a fashionable consideration – as a creative, it’s your most important consideration.
38. Do not underestimate self-initiated work. - Clients get in touch because of self-initiated work. Ironically, business is excited by ideas untouched by the concerns of business.
45. Be an auteur. - Regardless of who you’re working with, speak up if something’s not right. Take it upon yourself to be the barometer of quality.
48. Get out of the studio. - Good design is crafted from understanding the relationships between things. These connections can’t be found when locked in a studio.