I¡¯m a Year 3 student in a business school. However, I want to apply
a graduate program of interaction design.
I have only a year before application and decide to learn by myself.
Some knowledge can be acquired by reading books and articles. But
I'm really confused about how to practice "design".
As far as I know, design relates painting, photography, expression of
color and material etc. I had learned painting for 6 years, 2 years
for sketch. But I haven¡¯t painted for 8 years.
So for me to start painting again or have some practice of design, do
you have any suggestion?
'Design' is not solely connected to art. It relates as much to art,
as to the description of processes, as to a tool for marketing, etc.
As an advice; I would make a distinction between the kinds of design
applications available, and the kind that you would like to practice
in your future goals. From here on you can adapt your graduate
program to your individual wishes and talents. Maybe you should ask a
person that knows more about HR, and relate your design studies with
your experience in business school?
Good luck with your choice!
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As someone who went through 4 years of business school for a graduate
degree in business, it took me a while to unlearn design as only
drawing for self or emotive expression despite me being able to
actually design while unlearning my previous, inaccurate
understanding of the term design.
I was also given the impression during college days that designing a
solution to a business or marketing issue is part of the managers (or
director/vp) job role rather than a dedicated job role of its own. I
peg that to lack of awareness of what design is by the curriculum
designers (or as I would say curriculum planners previous to truly
understanding what design is.)
You're (Zhang) probably already designing solutions (I'm presuming
your course allows you to find alternate solutions to issues in case
studies) without being aware of it.
I'm personally looking for workshops to learn design methodologies
so I can use it as a reference to describe my own 'natural process'
of how I ideate/design solutions whether it be for interaction design
or marketing. I'm not really convinced graphics design or general
visual design courses would make the cut though.