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Why should I go to school for design?

Why should I go to school for design?

Oh what perfect timing! I literally have a list of blog topics just listed out, and when it’s time to blog, I grab one off the top of the list. Today, sitting perfectly atop that list is why should I go to school for design?

Assuming that you’ve stumbled upon this via a Google search, you’re definitely asking yourself why should I go to school for design, and the answers are endless. I’ll touch on a few that are meaningful to me.

To begin, you’ll meet a few really great people. Even if you’re not a social butterfly, with just a little bit of effort, you’ll meet somebody that’ll make it worth it. I’m an introvert by nature, but once I’m comfortable with the crowd/class/whatever, I begin to open up. Maybe you’re like me. Give it a shot.

I met 2 guys at school that I still talk to almost daily. We bounce ideas off of one another and vent frustrations because, let’s be honest, our wives don’t 100% understand why we want to go an a GTAV Trevor-esque-rampage when the client says “make it pop” for the 15th time. Having those sort of people to talk to can help you dream bigger.

Another thing topping the list of replies to, “Why should I go to school for design?” is the fact that you can’t learn it all on your own. Lots of folks get a bootleg version of Photoshop and boom, now they’re designers.

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The problem is, there’s a lot more to it than just Photoshop. YouTube has lots of cool tutorials and there are plenty of other places online to get some education on the matter, but a formal classroom can’t be replaced for this sort of stuff.

Color modes? Resolution? Best practices for file usage, delivery? That sort of stuff isn’t quite as easy to find online as “72 awesome Photoshop text effects.” I promise.

What’s more, you won’t even know you need that information because you’ve likely never heard of it if you’ve never been in a classroom.

There are dozens of little nuggets that you’ll need if you want to produce quality, professional work, and many of those will either come through trial and error over time, or they’re learned in a classroom, but learning this stuff the hard way is going to be costly in both time and money. I know it sounds crazy, but going to school might be cheaper.

Similar to the first reason, but a little less about camaraderie and a little more about inspiration, being in a classroom setting will also allow you access to other creative minds. You’ll get a bearing for where you stand amongst your peers, and you’ll be able to bounce ideas off of one another; iron sharpens iron. Again, you don’t get that studying how to make ______ effect in Photoshop on YouTube.

This iron sharpens iron affect will make you a better designer, and that’ll boost your confidence, which in turn will help you close more deals. Boom.

If you’re still asking yourself should I go to school for design the answer is unmistakably yes! I also teach classes at the local community college, and I even shared the story here, so I’m a little biased.

Anthony Gorrity
anthonygorrity@gmail.com
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