One the most fascinating things about people is our capacity to change and adapt. This is true on both fundamental and theoretical levels; time changes us all. Things that are important now, may be inconsequential in a year’s time. I Used to Be a Design Student: 50 Graphic Designers Then and Now by Billy Kiosoglou and Philippin Frank explores this element of change through the lens of graphic design by comparing the lifestyles of 50 graphic designers from their college years to now.
Comprised of interviews, work samples and comparative diagrams, the book illustrates the idiosyncrasies between college life and professional life. The work samples compare pieces from the designer’s time in college and current work, and each interview offers up a piece of advice and a warning.
I particularly like Richard Walker’s advice:
“Always finish your work”
“Don’t feel obliged to have an opinion on everything. If you don’t know, say you don’t know.”
From the publisher:
“This book offers a rare chance to read what graphic designers feel about their education and profession. Fifty influential designers give the low-down about their student days and their professional lives. A piece of their college work is shown alongside an example of current work. Each designer also offers a key piece of advice and a warning, making this a must-read for anyone embarking on a career in design.
The book looks at the process a designer goes through in finding their ‘voice’. Topics addressed include how ideas are researched and developed; design and other cultural influences, then and now; positive and negative aspects of working as a designer; motivations for becoming a designer; and whether it’s really possible to teach design.”
UPDATE: The book is now available for checkout at the Flaxman Library.
(via Brain Pickings)