Art Center Term 1 Megapost.

Art Center Term 1 Megapost.

I know this is about a week late, but after last week’s hectic end to the term, I immediately slipped into lazy mode. However, I have finally decided to get off my lazy ass and write this post so….

It’s been an amazing 1st term at art center.  Looking back at what I’ve accomplished, the great teachers and students I’ve met, I couldn’t be happier with the experience.  No amount of opnions from previous Art Center Alumni could have prepared me for the workload.  I knew going into art center it would be intense, but I didn’t realise how I’d be able to handle it (with a lot of coffee and energy drinks).  Having gone through the first 1/8th of it, I’m surprised I was able to work as hard as I did. I don’t consider myself to the be the hardest working indvidual and I have a certain amount of problems with procrastination, but I suppose thats the value in Art Center being able to allow me to exceed my own expectations.  But I fully realise, this was but a taste of what is to come. All semester long, I’ve heard Term 2 is gonna kill you. I say bring it on, I feel more ready than ever to accept the challange.

Of course the most important valuable thing about Art Center is the work that is produced and the skills that are gained.  I am very happy with how my work turned out, especially with my Design 1 book.  Granted, there were plenty of areas where I feel I need improvement. But that’s why I came to Art Center, to learn from my mistakes.  I think looking at the work I produced this first term as a whole, I feel it’s time for me to step outside of my comfort zone. Throughout this term I’ve become more aware than ever of my design “habits”. Wether they are good or bad, is irrelevant, I think that if I don’t explore other avenues, other design solutions, I will never grow.

I think the most essential element of my overwhelmingly positive experience at  art center has to be the students.  Without the inspiration provided by their work, I would never get as far as I did. I discovered that by showing my work in progress to as many students/faculty as possible, I was able to get a whole range of different opinions and advice.  Gaining multiple perspectives is always the best way to force yourself to try something different.  I know that in the classes where I had the best students my work came out better for it.

Design 1 was definately the best example of this.  There were so many outstanding students in this class, that I was never lacking inspiration or ideas.  There was an enviornment of friendly competition and at the same time everyone was always willing to give advice.  It also helped that our teacher, Jon Nguyen, was outstanding.  He really knew his stuff and taught it well but I think what really made him stand out in my mind is his willingness to allow us to explore and experiment beyond the basics.  I don’t think I would have been as interested in design 1 if he hadn’t allowed us to integrate our own illustrations.

Another class that really made a great impression on me, was archetype press.  Technically I wasn’t supposed to take this class till term 3 or 4 (after type 2), Steve Kim pulled some strings for me and Gloria didn’t mind having me in the class at all. This class really put things in perspective for me, in terms of typography on the computer.  I learned to appreciate the process and allow myself to make mistakes.  It was a tough process because I was used to controlling everything in the computer, but working with type on the press forces you to account for the factors you can’t control.  It was truly an eye opening experience, and I know my typography will be all the better for it.

Here are a few pictures of some of the other students work from final crits in draw and shoot. Unfortunately I don’t have my design 1 book pictures yet, I will post them, along with more pics of my projects as soon as I get my book back.

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