In the middle of an economic crisis I find myself feeling the pressure of life after graduation. Not only am I unsure of my own finances, but I am unsure of where I want to live, if the job I am striving for will be a good fit, and if I will be able to land a job in time to start paying off student loans (EK!). I know I am not alone in this. One other aspect that I am struggling with is the fact that I will no longer have a classroom full of other aspiring designers to help inspire and critique my work. Design in a classroom forces us to continue to challenge ourselves in ways we wouldn’t normally do. Thus I have two points in this rant of mine. The first is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. That is to create a Facebook page for anyone in our graduating class who would like to participate, specifically for us to use one another as a resource in the future. It would be only open to those at DePaul in our department (students and faculty alike), and it would be a place where we could upload images of projects we are working on in the “real-world” in order to get crucial feedback from our peers that we would otherwise miss. If you are interested in being a part of this, please let me know. Also if you have any suggestions as to a better way to execute it (off Facebook or something) also let me know. I will create the group soon.
The other point is to make you aware of a site called Design-Aerobics/ It is a site that allows you to sign up for short, university-like courses where design teachers give you projects to complete, and give you feedback on them. It’s a great way to add to your portfolio post-graduation!
Here’s their link: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/12133/design-aerobics-2011.html/