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'Not a fine artist yet' - Short Answer on GRAPHIC DESIGN


mhanna 3 / 7 1  
Nov 25, 2012   #1
Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below (1000 character maximum).

I paint and draw, but I'm not a fine artist. I write HTML and CSS codes, but I'm not a web developer. I work with Photoshop and Illustrator, though I'm not a photographer or a digital artist. I've found myself in the middle of being creative and making functional things for a purpose. Graphic design takes creativity, math, information management, aesthetic knowledge, and technical skills of both software and paper and pencil into account. It is the consistent understanding of a product by an audience through the manipulation of type, color, and placement. Design is a universal language in which only some speak and others comprehend. And I have become one of those few.
chow95 - / 24 1  
Nov 25, 2012   #2
I think the last sentence should be longer. That's the only thing.
If you could help me with my essay, I would greatly appreciate it!
lulwut 5 / 26 1  
Nov 25, 2012   #3
I don't think you took enough time to explain why you like graphic design. IMO it would greatly improve the quality of the essay if you squeezed a sentence or two in about why you're passionate about it.

Also, please take a look at my short answer! :)
OP mhanna 3 / 7 1  
Nov 26, 2012   #4
Alright, here's my revision. Please help with critique!

I paint and draw, but I'm not a fine artist. I write HTML and CSS codes, but I'm not a web developer. I work with Photoshop and Illustrator, though I'm not a photographer or a digital artist. I've found myself in the middle of being creative and making functional things for a purpose. Graphic design takes creativity, math, information management, aesthetic knowledge, and technical skills of both software and paper and pencil into account. It is the consistent understanding of a product by an audience through the manipulation of type, color, and placement. Not only is design a passion of mine, but its also become my first job. I started out designing tshirts for small bands & musicians then working my way up to independent record labels, and major labels. Design is a universal language in which only some speak and others comprehend. And I'm lucky enough to have found my niche within the pop/rock music industry where I have the freedom to interact with others through my own work.
lulwut 5 / 26 1  
Nov 26, 2012   #5
Your revision is a bit different, but in my opinion a good improvement! It's great that you mentioned your work experience designing in the music industry in this draft, but I feel like after reading I still don't know exactly why you like to design things and what about it is interesting and exiting to you. Instead you do a good job of defining it, but don't reveal much about yourself and your personality. Maybe you like to see a great piece of work come together and everything seems worth the effort. Or maybe you like nothing more than thinking of that perfect creative idea for something new to design. In the short answer, college admissions offices want to learn about you more than just what you do.

Nonetheless, good progress!
chow95 - / 24 1  
Nov 26, 2012   #6
I think your revision is better. Could you look at my revision of essay about my grandmother?
OP mhanna 3 / 7 1  
Nov 27, 2012   #7
Here's a third revision. Its a lot different from my other two drafts. Please critique!

I always knew I was interested in graphic design, though my creativity and methods have always been something I've uncovered myself; whether it be in 4th grade where I figured out how to group shapes together in Microsoft Word to create my own Clipart, burying myself in CSS and HTML codes, or drawing out custom lettering with my brush pen used for shirt graphics that friends' bands were requesting. Starting there, I began working my way up to designing typographic logos, pleasing and purposeful websites, and of course, more t-shirt graphics independent record labels, later, to major record labels. Through my high school career, I've found myself in love with the in-between of being creative and functional to reach longevity of my product. Graphic design takes originality, aesthetic qualities, and technical skills into account. And I'm fortunate to have found my niche within the pop/rock music industry where I have the freedom and opportunity to create work to be enjoyed by the mass.


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