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4 things every design student needs


Even if you do not drink coffee, the implication by this option is that there are many late nights ahead. Choose your poison to keep yourself alert whether it is sugar, coffee, tea, or even just a strong will.


The hardest part about designing is getting started. Graphic design is not a field of instant gratification. Similar to writing you have to make many drafts before you reach a refined final product. The first time around—it will suck. The important part about any project is to embrace the suck and work though it. Have confidence in that it will get better with a little tender loving care.

Thick skin:

Opinions about your work will always be subjective. Something that you may be proud of may not be what the client envisioned. Designers are constantly faced with rejection and criticism, so we just have to learn to take it in stride and use it to grow better as a designer.


It’s important to build a community around you. People that are going through the same things that you are and have the same knowledge of your field. If you have peers you can get extra feedback from people with a trained eye that you can trust.



  1. sficarro wrote:

    Hello there,
    This is a well-executed post! I really enjoy the visual representation of each main point. The information will definitely stay with me thanks to the visuals. I also really feel that you gave sound advise in a quick but concise way. Most notable I also find that feedback from your peers is very helpful.

    Friday, February 16, 2018 at 3:35 pm | Permalink
  2. arahma12 wrote:

    Hi there,

    the memes used here complement with the content of your post very well. The tips here are very useful as well. I can definitely relate to needing a large supply of coffee as an artist and designer, sometimes the best works can come from pulling an all-nighter. Feedback can at times be discouraging to hear, but it definitely is an opportunity to see how you can improve as a designer in your works. I have also had the experience of having no idea where to start with drawing when I picked up on it again, but when you do start, the hardest part is stopping; the ideas start flowing.

    Friday, February 16, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
  3. jcruz12 wrote:

    I like the list you got there. They all are something a designer/artist needs, well, except for coffee. I really don’t see how that’ll help. That’ll just hinder one’s sleep schedule. Everyone knows that getting a lot of rest means getting energized a lot, but I guess that depends on the kind of person one is.

    Friday, February 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm | Permalink
  4. rmoore25 wrote:

    Your use of memes is absolutely brilliant. It makes an otherwise relatable but boring post lively and fun.

    Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
  5. zpalmer2 wrote:

    This is an awesome post, love the graphics! As a reader this was very entertaining, relatable, and not too long.

    Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4:31 pm | Permalink