Q: How’s the design major going. what do u specifically want to do for your career?
Ever since I switched to design I’ve been happy with my decision. The difference between how I feel majoring in design and how I felt in my previous majors (managerial economics, community and regional development) is stark and leaves me no room for doubt about my choice. I’m genuinely interested in engaging myself in the field rather than just doing it for a resume, and it excites me to think about the future and how I have so much to learn.
But because I have so much to learn, I don’t feel like I’m getting the most of what I need in my major. I’m not learning very much because the prerequisites are either irrelevant to my interests (such as drawing classes or history classes) or they just teach the basics. I learn a lot more from doing my own projects in my free time, but it does feel counter-intuitive when school gets in the way of making time for those projects. So although taking this major helped me get my foot in the door, for the most part I feel like I’m just taking these classes to get an official degree, and otherwise I’m just teaching myself and putting in my own work.
Right now, I’m open-minded with what I want to do for my career because I’m still so new and inexperienced to everything that I just want to learn as much as I can to catch up. My emphasis is definitely graphic design because I’m not a hands-on, artsy-crafty person (I can’t draw or sew for shit). I’d like to work at a design studio that does branding and marketing for companies because I’ve visited some studios in SF and Sac and like the variety of clients that they take. I think it keeps life interesting to go through a bunch of different projects for different people and have different styles to take on.
I’m also interested in UX/UI (user experience and user interface) and want to make phone apps. But there are no classes at my school that offer anything like that so I’m going to have to teach myself… after I teach and familiarize myself with graphic design. Yeah, I got a lot to work on. It’s daunting to think about cramming so much on my plate in such little time, but I try to see it also as exciting that there are so many things to learn and do.