How I survived design school and get my dream job.

I still wonder how I survived my design school.

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We had a ton of projects.
I remember wondering if they put that pressure on us on purpose.

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Maybe they wanted to make us overwhealmed,
to see if we could manage the intense pressure and workload ?

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I could not finish all my projects

It was impossible to me.

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Same for my classmates.

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To survive,

I decided something.

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To focus on my strenghts and self-interest.

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Instead of giving all my project average,
I prioritized and focused on the one I enjoyed the most. 

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So I could give bigger value to my portfolio.

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Two things mattered to me.

My Master degree project, and my portfolio.

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Why ?

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To pass, we had to succeed our Master presentation

in front of a jury of professionals.

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They would be the one to decide. “Not the school.”

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My design school wanted to make sure our student project is relevant to the market.

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(Even though they all expect to see us pushing the boudaries of the possible.

And express our creativity to its maximum potential.)

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Our 5th year was fully dedicated to this project.  And I gave my best to it.

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But, on top of our school projects,
Since my second year of school, I understood pretty early there were extra projects that could matter even more.

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The personal ones.

The ones that no teacher would give any marks on it.

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These projects would not help me pass, but help me get a designer position I love.

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We were all doing the same projects,
and was going to the market for internship or job inteview at the same time.

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A way to differenciate yourself

is to create your own.

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Target the companies you love,

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And create projects like if you were working at their Research and Devlopment team.

Go to their websites, and absorb their values.

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Philips for example is about : “Sense and simplicity”.
Make sure you are not making something loud and excentric.
If you did this on purpose, make sure you can show the positive value in it.

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Having your own projects will help you stand out from others.

And show your high motivation.

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I was not taught about footwear design. But I was attracted by this field.

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So I learned myself.
Went to Coroflot looking for professional sketches and boards
from designers from Nike, Adidas, Hummel, Puma…

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I taught myself Photoshop and Illustrator to make pro renderings.

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A while after I joined a French brand of sprotswear in Paris, then later on I flew to Adidas in Germany. 🙂

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Be ressourcefull, and your dream may come true.

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Cheers,

Chou-Tac

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PS: By the way, I am preparing a course on sneakers sketch and rendering. Stay tuned !

Let me share with you a sneaker tutorial I gave to my colleagues after work at Starbuck: http://www.thedesignsketchbook.com/tip-82-how-to-draw-a-sneaker-youtube-video-with-shoe-vocabulary/

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Chou-Tac

If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.

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