The 50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know


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British designer Jamie Wieck from the studio Airside compiled this list of useful wisdom for design students about to enter the workforce. Most of them are fairly straightforward if not obvious, but there are some useful nuggets in there (e.g., “Don’t get drunk at professional events.” If only someone had mentioned that…), and I enjoyed reading through them.

50 Things Every Graphic Design Student Should Know

The whole list is also very digestible thanks to its uniquely 21st Century formatting: each tip is no longer than 140 characters. Whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing that advice intended to inform a decades-long career has to be boiled down to tweet length, I’ll leave that to readers to judge. You can zip through all fifty here.

As a related aside: I wrote a post late last year called “Students Don’t Do as I Have Done.” It covers some similar ground, and some folks have told me they found it helpful. You might want to check it out here.



  1. It’s great that these are reduced to 140 characters. It’s easy to read. One of the first has just calmed one of my recent worries: “Regardless of how good you are, there will always be someone better. It’s surprisingly easy to waste time worrying about this.”

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