Design Edu Today is the podcast series discussing what is necessary to be a successful designer in a contemporary, screen-based interactive world.
064: The Differences Between Skinning and Designing with Heather Quinn
Heather Quinn, Professional Lecturer at DePaul University, joins Gary Rozanc to discuss the differences between skinning and designing, her journey from pre-responsive design to post responsive design, and what she’s teaching in the classroom. Heather also discusses how she is using a grant to help determine the best practices in web design to update DePaul’s curriculum.
063: Lessons Learned from 200 Design Interviews with Dave Senior
Dave Senior, Chief Growth Officer, and Partner at Playground Inc., joins Gary Rozanc to discuss his article “What I learned from 200 design interviews.” This episode goes into the nuts and bolts of the article Dave to answer specific questions about the transition from student to professional and we cover questions such as what Dave needs to see in a portfolio to know that a student can make the shift from print to digital, what format a portfolio needs to be in for in-person interviews, and self-initiated projects.
062: Graphic Design Student and Graphic Design Professional Q&A Discussion
Design Edu Today celebrates its three year anniversary. To mark the anniversary Lauren Spielman and Kelly Stelmack, students in UMBC’s Graphic Design program, take over as co-hosts to ask designers Megan Gileza and Kendall Kiernan of Baltimore area design firm Orange Element questions about working in the industry. Kelly and Lauren asked a wide range of questions about working professionally such as what type of skills are necessary for the different types of design positions, what’s the average turnaround time on a typical project, and what skills do professionals want students to come out of school with. The bulk of the conversation centered around how to work with a client. From interviewing them in the initial discovery meeting to showing process along the way to selling the final design, all aspects of client interactions were covered.
061: Lessons Learned Hosting Revision Path from Diversity to Design with Maurice Cherry
Maurice Cherry, Content Marketer at Fog Creek Software, and host of the award winning podcast Revision Path joins Gary Rozanc to discuss what he has learned over 5 years and 240 episodes of hosting Revision Path. From ways Design Educators can promote diversity into the classroom to the systemic problems facing black students Maurice shares his insights. In the second half of the conversation Maurice talks about his own design practice, how studying Math and English makes him a better designer and how much the industry have changed in the past 20 years.
060: Working Remotely on an In-house Team vs. Working at a Large Digital Agency with Steph Loughran
In episode 60 of Design Edu Today, Steph Loughran, Art Director at Outstand, joins Gary Rozanc to discuss the differences between working remotely on an in-house team versus working at a large digital agency. Along the way Steph talks about the different approaches to responsive web design including her love for element collages. The conversation also covers creating animations and micro interactions and the industries strong preference for Sketch over other layout programs.
059: The Differences Between Agency and Freelance Life and Design Fundamentals with Chris Cashdollar
Chris Cashdollar, Principal of Cashdollar Design, joins Gary Rozanc to discuss a wide array of topics. The conversation starts off with a discussion on ways to better prepare students for careers as freelance designers such as working with popular CMS templates, the ubiquitous need for writing skills to persuasively promote your work, and the need for internships to augment classroom learning. Along the way, Chris also discusses where designing Micro Interactions fits into the overall design process and the fundamental differences between solo designer software programs like Illustrator and Photoshop and collaboration based programs like InVision and Sketch that reflect how the industry operates today.