14 Struggles You’ll Recognise If You Studied Graphic Design At University
Studying Graphic Design at university is an excellent choice to make, but it does come with some struggles.
1. Like many creative degrees, you feel under pressure to be constantly thinking up great ideas.
2. And usually feel like everyone else’s ideas are better than yours.
3. Realising that every design decision, no matter how insignificant it seems, is actually incredibly significant.
4. And that you need an in-depth reason for literally everything you do.
Apparently “I made it red because it looked pretty” is not enough.
5. Which means you suddenly need to embellish all of your decisions.
“Red demonstrates strength and ties in with my underlying message.” Honestly, it does.
6. You find yourself creating a hefty work schedule for every module.
7. And never sticking to any of them.
8. You’ve never felt ready for any of your tutorials.
You can’t rush art, guys.
9. And feel as though you’ve spent a lifetime browsing typeface websites to find the perfect font for a project.
10. While agonising over whether to just create your own.
It might involve hours of getting a basic skeleton down, perfectionist style adjustments and a lot of self-doubt but it will probably be worth it in the end.
11. You reach a point in the year where you have that many design files open on your computer you just don’t shut it down any more.
It’s easier than reloading them every time.
12. You’ve never experienced anything quite like the cold chill you get when you try a complicated command in an Adobe program and it freezes.
Especially if you haven’t been reflex saving every 5 minutes.
13. Or the frustration of the best ideas only ever flowing at the end of the module when you can no longer implement them.
At least you have something to write in the ‘If I could have done things differently’ section of your evaluation form.
14. And pressure of feeling that your CV has to reflect every single graphic design skill you have ever acquired. Ever.
— Luke Jane (@Ragnarok_Fox) April 15, 2016