I just got off the phone with one of my former design instructors over at my alma mater, Milwaukee Area Technical College. In the next month or so I'm going to pay a visit to MATC and give a 1 hour talk and Q&A to design students approaching graduation next spring.
I have a pretty good idea of what I'd like to talk about, along the lines of Thoughts on the Design Industry I wrote last month: globalism, the designer glut, emphasis an on drawing and sketching, emphasis on being good communicators, writers and leaders. I also plan to share good design resources on the web in a handout: design blogs, podcasts and whatever tools I think might be useful or inspirational.
I thought it'd be interesting to throw this upcoming talk out as an opportunity for other designers and non-designers out there to suggest specific thoughts, topics, websites, blogs, or podcasts they felt could benefit these students in my talk.
If you were able to share an insight, truth, tip or resource — what would it be?
• Something you thought was important in school that didn't turn out to be so important
• A hard lesson learned as a designer or more generally from your business life
• A skill or technique you feel is important for design school students to learn
• General suggestions for students about to graduate from college
• Good books to read
• Good blogs to read
• Good Podcasts to listen to
• Anything else you feel could be relevant or helpful to these students
FYI, this is a 2-year technical college setting, so these students will likely have pretty good technical training, but could really use resources and tips from the other side of the equation: the arts and the theoretical side of things.
Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments area of this post.