Design matters: Education

Mate Steinforth
Director, Sehsucht Berlin

“When I started my visual communication studies I wanted to learn about exciting software, 3D and such. What I had to do was draw, learn basic typography and basic composition. I was bummed. Now I realise how valuable those lessons were – much more so than learning software, which would have been outdated when I left university. While the diploma isn’t worth anything, the time to concentrate on the basics is invaluable.”

Thiago Maia
Director, CAKE

“I personally don’t think education prepares us well for the industry, at least not in my time and where I came from [São Paulo, Brazil]. I think in Europe it’s a lot better, but I still believe you learn more within an everyday job. It’s very important to be around other designers in a ‘working’ environment. There’s a lot to change in universities in how well they prepare people for work. I think the time we spend in university is the time where we learn about ourselves.”

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