Catching up on my readings: How to Be…Ch. 2, 3, & 4.

I really slept on this book, not only getting my readings done for this class— but I’ve had this book since the beginning of sophomore year over two years ago when Briar told me about it. This class finally got me to open it (I’m a terrible person, I know) and from the first few chapters, I’m glad I did because it’s packed with so much useful information.

Chapter 3 really stood out to me to the point where I feel like I need to re-read it again to take everything in. It made me think finally sit down and think about what I want in a job that would make me happy, instead of thinking about what jobs are available out there that I could try to fit myself into (liking) or possibly try to grow and like. Also the pros and cons in comparing working in-house against working in a studio was very relevant to me, as it’s something I’ve been thinking about ever since I took the internship class last term when the teacher asked me where I see myself working in a few years (in which I really had no idea because I never thought about it).

Chapters 2 and 4 were good as well. Chapter 2 really reminded me of everything we did in class (the ‘non-designer bits of design’ as mentioned in the book’) with every project we did. Time management (especially with A3), research, presentation and writing skills— I felt like we all touched on this through the whole term, not only just talking about it, but actually doing everything mentioned in the chapter. Chapter 4 went over freelance, and it really made me take a step back and think about if I really wanted to freelance. I remember when I first got my internship, my boss asked me the dreaded “what are your plans once you’re done with school?” question. I really didn’t know, but for some reason I told him I was going to try to freelance and he told me the pros and cons about it that almost ran parallel to the section in chapter 4. Chapter 4 made me realize how much goes into working for yourself/building a freelance life. The last part of the ‘who uses freelance designers’ section really resonated with me in that you really got to be tough and be willing to carry the weight of the tons of responsibilities that will come your way if you decide to take that route. I guess I have a whole summer to think all of this over.

Readings 11&12

When realizing how much of a fast-paced world we live in with newer technologies coming at us from left and right, it can be hard to keep up with it all before you find yourself left-behind. What stood out to me from the ‘technology’ reading was towards the end of the chapter on how it lightly went over how the growth of technology presses for open collaborations with people in other fields. We as designers have something to offer to those who’ve mastered their own selected disciplines, and they have something to offer to us as well.

All in all, the participatory element through collaboration makes it easier for everyone to not fall too far behind in today’s technological savvy world. We shouldn’t worry about doing everything, but be open to collaborating and communicating with others where we can benefit from each other. It’s kinda crazy how far design has become technology wise when reflecting back to what I knew about design when I first entered the program. I don’t think four years ago I would know that I’d soon have a strong interest in interactive/web design, e-pub, etc.


The designer of the 2015 readings were good, but kinda scary too— especially the competencies reading because before I went down the list, I almost had to prepare myself to see if I actually met (most of) them. It kinda corresponded to the first reading again with how we’re living in such a fast-paced world and how it’s important not to fall behind. I thought the readings were good in that they allow us to design and build our skill set to almost “prepare” for the future of what’s ahead and expected of us. Also in comparison to the first reading, it focuses not much on worrying about (and the qualifications of) “technical” skill, but more communication, social, and problem solving skills instead.