Thank you! I don’t actually sell prints at the minute, but it’s something I’d definitely consider doing in the future once I develop as a designer a bit more.
Thank you so much! This made my day :)
Thank you! That’s very sweet to say :) The first year was, for me at least, very challenging. I was often out of my comfort zone, and a lot is asked of you, but after the initial trauma of “oh my god I’m never going to be a good designer” wears off you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can develop when you put the time in. Be ready to make publications to tight specifications, a lot of the projects had limitations to test your creativity at how to get around problems, for example we had to design a book cover (awesome!) but the imagery HAD to be abstract (WHAT?!) and we got to design a fanzine (yay!) but it had to be reproduced in black and white on a photocopier (ughhhh) they want to see if you can still make beautiful and interesting work despite limitations set by a client or brief.
Overall though I’d just say the first year was one long, fun learning experience, be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them, take on every piece of feedback your tutor gives you (my tutor was an absolute genius, he’d pick out multiple errors just from glancing at a piece of work) ultimately you have to remember that the part that goes towards the actual degree is your third year dissertation and the final major project, so whats important at this point is taking in as much as possible and PASSING - don’t worry about getting the best grade, just try to improve on your last one, my studio grades for this year were c-, b-, b, its steady, but it’s progress! No one in my class got an A in the first project (this devastated me, a complete perfectionist)
Also try to read when you can and immerse yourself in graphic design, take notes of all the designer mentioned to you, go to exhibitions, this will seriously help you in the essay part of the course, contextual and theoretical studies, a lot of exhibitions do discounts for students!
I will also say, even thought he printing facilities at LCC are amazing, they do get incredibly crowded around deadlines, you often get queues leading out into the corridor and they wont be able to print your work for hours, maybe even days. My tutors encouraged me to outsource for my printing to avoid disappointment on the morning of the deadline and a late submission (which will be capped at a D) - I go to Hobbs Reprographics, it’s a 5/10 minute walk from Bond Street tube station and the print and paper quality is amazing, I’d trust them with anything, and they have a student discount (woo!) time management is crucial, they will be reminding you of this constantly!
Lastly I would say enjoy it, don’t lose your passion, even if you don’t like the brief, the point is that you make it your own and design what you want to design, look at examples of beautiful editorial design and be inspired! I saw a lot of my peers get bogged down in deadlines and research that I think they lost sight of why they were studying this course in the first place, because they have a love for the arts. Make things that excite you and that you’re proud of.
Sorry I rambled like crazy, I absolutely adore LCC I could talk about it for hours haha. I hope this helped!