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I’ve always been interested in the way things look. When I was little, after my mother hung towels on a rack or my father set the dinner table, I would come along and make things “perfect.” There are places for people like me. One, I believe, is design school.
As a student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, I create a significant amount of work during any given week, pin it onto a wall and prepare for it to become the subject of a day’s lesson. In critiques that can last for hours, I have learned to look at my work though others’ eyes. (This is harder than being the one rearranging the forks on the dinner table.)
Increasingly, I use the discipline of the graphic design program in my approach to daily life. I am better able to reflect on others’ advice, and more often I take it.
Because I work for EJ|USA, my artistic growth is on overdrive. Creating layouts for this magazine is similar to completing school projects, except that I have to work faster. The other designers here critique my work, and I theirs. It is ironic that while I am on break from classes, I am designing pages about studying in the USA, about students planning a lunar mission and about a portrait artist using video to explore personality. Most recently, I worked on pages about Thanksgiving, a day in November when Americans express gratitude. At EJ|USA, I apply my learning to a real publication, and for that, I am truly grateful.
Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/publication/2013/09/20130912282711.html#ixzz2jdEUc8uX