North by North East

Added on by James Cronin.

- "There are three responses to a piece of design - yes, no and Wow! Wow is the one to aim for."

The words of New Yorker, Milton Glaser, that brought me to leave one North East coast for another in search of my own 'wow'. After graduating in the UK I was looking for the next step to develop as a designer and came across a short course in Manhattan, focusing on software skills and a portfolio rather than idea development.

While in my final year I discovered a great book written by Michael Bierut, entitled '79 short essays on design'. He discusses the different ways in which Graphic Design can be taught, siting two main categories: process schools and portfolio schools. Both schools of teaching have their pros and cons and are often compared, it's an interesting debate, one which requires it's own blog post.

However, I'm now lucky enough to have experienced both schools of teaching and feel that can only have benefited me when it comes to my future design career. The next few posts are going to be predominately about New York and my time enduring one of its coldest winters in years, so brace yourselves, posts are coming.