Learning the hard way

13 Mar 2009

Design Reviver wrote about the top “10 Things They Don’t Teach You In Design School“, all of which are so true, and many of which I wish I’d known before I graduated. Regardless, here are a few of my favorites.

5. You should backup your data on a regular basis

One of the hardest to learn, but as long as you don’t back up, you will always encounter a time when you wish you did.

6. Start networking, now!

Easily the one on the list I hate the most. But I know it’s necessary. I’m working on it, tomorrow.

7. Make sure your client signs a contract

This one is so, so, so important and is rarely even mentioned in design schools. If you’re doing work that you expect to get compensated for, no matter how big or how small, get a signed contract. This one can be almost as devastating as not backing up your files.

10. Your printer will stop working when you need it the most

One everyone experiences, and just another example of Murphy’s Law effecting the design industry.