Frank Chimero: What Advice Would You Give to a Graphic Design Student?
-you will get conflicting information
-everything lives on a spectrum of correctness and suitability
-treat the classroom like a workplace
-what you lack in skill, beat with thoughtfulness
-develop a point of view with your unique experiences
-every project is an opportunity to learn as well as to teach
-reject most of your initial ideas
-design changes with technology changes
-aesthetics are fleeting, the only things with longevity are ideas
-everything is interesting to someone
Sitting down and thinking this far into the future was not an easy task. I'm not one to plan out things so specifically because I like to see where life takes me. I'm interested in so many things right now and I'm not sure what design job will be the right fit for me. But here's my first draft:
_graduate with more internship experience & connections
_apply for lots of design jobs, preferably boutique studios to start out with a focus in advertising // promotion.I'm interested in art collective type work. So if there was some way to collaborate with musical artists, fine artists, photographers, filmmakers, clothing. Possibly start a zine or something that incorporates this outlet as a side project, while working an advertising position at an actual design studio to gain professional experience and a steady paycheck.
_Intially I thought I would want to leave Kansas City right away, but I wouldn't be opposed to sticking around for a little while and working locally. It would be beneficial to take advantage of connections I've already made here and hopefully more that I'll have by this time.
(studios like Barkley, Whiskey, or Grape Design interest me)
_Traveling and networking elsewhere is still very important to me though. So after a few years or so after I have some money saved up, I would like to move to somewhere else in the country. California sounds ideal to pursue a design job there, specially San Fran. But I'm open to other places too, wherever I find the best job offer/ experience/ fit. Other cities that interest me are New York City, Denver, or Austin. (san fran: Chronicle Books, Google) (NY: Moment, JUICE Pharma Worldwide, Trollback & Company) (Austin: FODA)
_After working different design jobs, networking myself in both the midwest and another city in a different part of the country, then I want to go to Grad School to learn another language, study abroad, and get a masters in PR. (CalArts, NYU, Yale /dreams?/ )
This experience will enable me to become a creative director and travel /work abroad for a long term career. I'd like to be a creative director that oversees a variety of different projects, allowing me to collaborate with people who specialize in many different creative outlets (much like the art collective idea I mentioned earlier). I'm not entirely sure what type of studio or agency that would have this type of position, but I remember Casey saying that when she applied at Barkley she told them the type of work she wanted to do everyday and they created a position for her to excel in.
The things I'm certain of: I want to work in design and collaborate with talented creative people who challenge and respect me. I want to be able to travel for work and never stop learning.