It’s been a while, but I’ve finally gotten around to uploading some before work (seen above) so that you readers will have a better idea of how Sarah improves after working her way through the BIKLOPS School of Design series of courses.
At BIKLOPS we are frequently asked to critique student work, either as it’s in progress for a class, or at a portfolio review day where students get paired with professionals in an attempt to hone their projects and interview skills. Suffice it to say we’ve reviewed a lot of student work, both good and not so good. Over the years it’s become clear that there is a startling difference in the quality of students coming out of the different graphic design programs around town.
Many students come to portfolio review days, mere weeks from graduating, with a portfolio that can hardly be called design, and the problems are always the same. Like the work above that Sara came to me with, there is no typographic finesse, hierarchy and scale are out of whack, poor use of color and texture, etc. It’s as if they’ve learned how to use the programs but have no idea what design is. They lack control over the foundations and basic principles of design even after spending several years in a supposed design program.
Talking with Sara about her experience, it’s obvious the education she received was just that, a focus on learning the basics of Adobe programs. Not only is this problematic from the functional stand point, she lacks design skill, but from a moral standpoint, she’s put her faith and money in a system which has failed her.
I won’t go as far as to say we should avoid the educational system all together but I do think there is a serious problem with paying hard earned money, and in many cases going into debt, to receive an education that hasn’t adequately equipped young designers with the talent/skill expected by the professional design community.