Critiques

It’s incredible to think we’re nearing the home stretch of this FIT experience. It feels like not even a few days ago I was walking into orientation, wide eyed and ready to learn. Being at FIT has definitely broadened my horizons and taught me far beyond what I expected. Many of our lessons I’ve already been familiar with (I have a bit of experience in most of the Adobe suite, so all the introductions to the programs and basic lessons I had already knew) but the one thing I’ve been exposed to that I could never been on my own has been the class critiques. And let me tell you, I’m in love.

A critique is just about exactly what it sounds like, you take you work, present it in front of the class, and they tell you what they like/dislike, what you should add/remove, and/or any bit of advice or insight to further improve your work. I know, sounds daunting, but getting the opinions from others is one of the best possible things you can do for your work. Or at least, it’s one of the best I can do for mine.

After looking at the design for so long, I definitely can begin to get a little numb to it. It’s like when you get used to a smell because it’s been there so long, or when a song just becomes background noise since you’ve heard it so many times. Having a fresh set eyes look at it helps me notice some faults I didn’t realize was there, or realize my direction. Think back to the old writing exercise, which is to read your piece backwards in order to make sure it makes sense, since you’ve read it forward so many times and might just skip over the mistakes.

Not only are critiques great for your own artwork, but they’re also a great place to be heard and really show your knowledge. There’s always the fear that if you just go up to someone and tell them all the things you think could be improved you’d come off as rude, pretentious, and/or other negative descriptions. Critiques provide an open environment to let people know what you really feel, and give you the opportunity to talk about what you love. It’s a win win! In the end, critiques break the ice. At the beginning of my class, no one would really say anything regarding other people’s work. However, after participating in our first critique, it’s rare someone doesn’t make a comment as they’re walking about the room. Do critiques sound as daunting as they did in the beginning?

Have you participated in a critique, and if so, what’s your favorite/less favorite part? If you haven’t, what’s one thing you’ve learnt in your class that you couldn’t have learnt anywhere else?

As always,

Izzy

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Izzy

IsabellGeffner

Taking course:
HAD 150 Magazine Design 

AN INTRODUCTION, OF SORTS

So, yes, hello. My name is Isabell Geffner, Izzy for short, and I hail from Long Island. I am 16, and am currently going into my junior year of high school. This semester I will be losing my FIT virginity as I venture into the magazine design class in hopes of expanding my knowledge, meeting new people, and spending my summer doing the thing I love.

All my life I’ve had a thirst for knowledge, it could possibly be my most defining trait. Even if it’s the most seemingly irrelevant fact in the world, knowing for the sake of knowing is one of my greatest drives. I love being able to know everything I can, be it the fact that the word chivalry was derived from the French word for horse, cheval, or the fact that the first ever typeface was invented by Johannes Gutenberg, and was based off of the handwriting of the scribes, who had previously been the ones to create books. Knowing gives you a sense of understanding of the world around you, gives you new perspectives to look at, and information you could use in everyday life, even if you didn’t know you needed it.  I love knowing, and I believe that no matter how much you know, and no matter how long you’ve spent learning any topic, you could always know more. This need for knowledge is the driving factor in why I’m taking this class. I love design, I love talking about design (In fact, I never shut up. At this point most of my friends know the difference between a serif and sans serif typeface, and can properly identify between old style, transitional, and modern serif typefaces. I’m quite proud.), I love looking at intricate logos and thoughtful advertisements, and most importantly I love sitting down at my laptop and creating a poster or a website.

 My passion for design along with my passion for knowledge has brought me on a never ending quest, to learn all I can about design and use that knowledge to become the best designer I possibly can be. I’m so incredibly excited to be enrolled in this course, to be able to expand my horizons, grow as a designer (and hopefully a person) and continue on this quest. I hope you packed your armor, and brought along your cheval, because it’s going to be an exciting journey.

Until next time,

Izzy

Before & After

Not only do we come to FIT to share our love of creativity, we also come to learn. After only two months of taking FIT Magazine Design classes, I see a noticeable difference in myself and my work. I’m more confident in my abilities to use design programs such as InDesign and PhotoShop. Not only are these abilities useful in the FIT classroom, but they also come in handy when creating other things such as banners, posters, and school presentations.

SO BASICALLY! I have pictures of my work from the first day of class, and also pictures of my finished work. It really amazes me to see the difference, and I would like to show you guys how effective this course has been. The top picture is my back cover advertisement (left) and front cover (right) from the first few weeks of classes. The bottom picture is my finished back cover advertisement (left) and finished front cover (right).

Before

Before

 

After

 

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Spending Saturdays with my Best Friend

It’s obvious that the reason most people come to FIT is that they love what they’re doing. But, what also matters is the people you surround yourself with. Since my commute to FIT is somewhat long, it’s great to have my friend Erin join me every Saturday morning. We travel together, take separate classes, meet up after class, grab lunch, and get on the bus. (Occasionally, we go on little city adventures as well!)

Erin is an Interior Design student. In case you aren’t familiar with the field, interior designers study the utilization of space. They draw out floor plans, and pick out paints fabrics, and furniture, all in order to create the best room, house, apartment, or store. They try to really get to know their clients, so they are able to design the perfect room for them.

When Erin and I meet up after class, she shows me the fabrics and paint swatches she picked out, and I show her my magazine spreads that I designed. We really enjoy sharing in each other’s work!

Erin (left) and me (right)

Erin (left) and me (right)

This Precollege course is (unfortunately) ending in two weeks. It really has been a positive experience for both Erin and myself. We were really able to get a feel for what it’s like to study at FIT, and what it’s like to be a designer!

 

TTFN,

♥Marisa♥

Precollege Classes Expectations vs. Reality

MarisaFITPICI can’t believe we’re approaching the fourth week of classes! I can already tell that this semester is going to be unforgettable. But recently, I’ve been reflecting on my experiences at FIT, in comparison to my expectations.

I definitely had mixed emotions about starting my first precollege course at FIT. While deciding which class to take, I thought I would like Magazine Design because I’m creative, I like to write, and I’m pretty good with computers. I’ve been using different programs to make edits for a really long time, but, being self-taught, I was never very advanced. I was really nervous that I was going to be the worst person in the class, or that I would completely fail. Even though it’s only been three weeks, I can tell that this is definitely not the case.

The class is so much fun. I understand the program more than I thought I would; it’s actually a lot similar to programs I’ve worked with in the past. Since I’m obsessed with cosmetology, my magazine is beauty-themed, and I’m writing all of the stories myself. I honestly can’t contain my excitement about continuing it (I’m such a nerd).

So, what’s my advice to you? I suggest pursuing your dreams, even if you aren’t sure if it’ll work out. Try it anyway! At FIT, the professors and students will help you. We’re a creative community; putting our talents into action is the reason we take our Precollege courses.

-Marisa