Learning graphic design challenges ideation and can provide students with a fundamental framework for further exploration. This structure includes learning how to get the audience’s attention and understand contacting through verbal and non-verbal communication, enabling viewers to exchange thoughts and fulfill needs, and also contribute to organizational success in art. As Paul Rand once said, “Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple; that’s why it is so complicated.”
Consequently, I make it a priority to ensure that my students gain an awareness of design professionalism and help them developed their specialized design process from practice and conception, to production and presentation. I like teaching students about promoting awareness and change—it is important for them to understand the concept of the artist’s role in society as agents of positive change. As Aaris Sherin, an associate professor of graphic design at St. John’s University, once said, “As you work to create design for good, be an ambassador, be an advocate and remember that the little things that we already do may make the biggest difference.”
After taking my class, my students will be able to not only learn how to think critically but will speak confidently about their work—they will be able to communicate a message to persuade, inform, or make a change visually. I feel that it is important to ensure that students realize their full potential by attaining the highest goal possible and setting the highest standards for themselves. I believe they are lifelong learns who should strive for perfection and realize that all their efforts are unraveling—I highly encourage them to continue to seek knowledge outside of the classroom.
As an educator, my goals are to, firstly, pass on knowledge and prepare students with the skills necessary for success in practicing design and appreciating art through effective communication, and secondly, emphasize that communication is a necessity to maximize their impact in their presentations. Thirdly, it is my duty to guarantee each student develops critical thinking ability through speaking, writing and listening in art—listening and understanding what and for whom they are designing for, combined with oral and written communication can assertively convey their message to different viewers.
I enjoy teaching graphic design. As I modify my teaching methods, the idea of art and design combined can motivate makers, innovators, collaborators, and entrepreneurs who value interdisciplinary topics, tackle complex issues, and are socially responsible and globally engaged.