We had to do many projects by hand. In my typography class, we drew the letters a O H in five different fonts. They gave us pre-printed type and we had to cut it out and assemble it on a page with studio tac, use t-squares and blue line markers to align everything, then photocopy it to assemble a final book. It was hard. I don't think I would've gone into design if it wasn't computer-based. Typography almost made me quit the minor (didn't help that it was a 7:45 class) but I learned the most from it by far.
Actually, I wish I would've stuck with coding ... I remember liking BASIC and taught myself HTML in high school (1994-98) and I would've been much more employable in that field. But the field was too new to have a web design program in schools, and the one computer science class I took was so confusing to me that I withdrew from it. I took one class for my minor that was a both design and programming, but it matched designers with CS majors to program the pretty sites they taught a bit of ASP and Perl and ... wasn't meant to be, unfortunately for my career track!
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I love t-squares, circle and oval templates. I still have lots of them. All of my templates have tiny bits of masking tape on the underside. So that the template edge doesn't sit on the paper. When using a Rapidograph (non-clogging India ink), the surface tension created by the contact would smear the ink. Masking tape lifts the edges up. The challenge of doing a box with rounded edges - doing the lines and connecting them with 1/4 circles and not seeing any distortion. Very steady hands!
When we did outline type with a color inside, we had to cut amber lithes, by tracing the type with an x-acto knife, and peeling away the film that was outside the type. I don't think I ever used a scissor, when I was working. Used an x-acto for everything.
Cruisin, you're going to LOVE this video! John Mayer seeks out a traditional sign-writer and glass gilder in the UK, David Adrian Smith, for his new album cover! He works by hand and the pencil sketches are so jaw-droppingly gorgeous!
It brought tears to my eyes. The world ain't so bad if there are guys out there like him working so diligently (and BY HAND) to make such beautiful things.
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It's a different thing to just get an undergraduate degree in history or some other social science because one doesn't know what else to do with oneself. Undergraduate degrees in almost anything aren't worth much these days, post-graduate work is often required to compete effectively in the marketplace.
And would-be teachers often study the social sciences. A friend's daughter majored in history and somehow got through despite being a terrible writer. She's gone on to get an education degree and just got her first teaching job at an international school.
In the really old days, the fascinating stuff cruisin and vesperholly and anita describe above would never have been taught in a college. Even BFAs/MFAs are relatively new. A college education meant the classics, literature, history, philosophy, maybe a modern foreign language. No social sciences, until economics made the Oxford curriculum in the late 19th century. Possibly botany and human physiology, two of the earlier sciences taught in that context.
Everything else was a trade. Even now I think majoring in graphic design or communications is -- pardon me -- too narrow for the kind of grounding one should have in the broader culture. Even though those majors are actually employable, and I was not.
Obviously I am a relic and an impractical one at that, but I would probably go back to insisting that American students, and anyone else whose native language is English, study Greek and/or Latin for two years to qualify for a BA.
"Youth and vigor is no match for age and deceit." -- Prancer
here's the 2013 course catalog of my degree at my school, similar to mine in 1998).
The rest of the hours required were for what we called LERs - Liberal Education Requirements - and there were requirements within that you had to take a wide variety of classes. I had to take classes in history, science, English, foreign language, philosophy. I actually took an entire year of collegiate-level Latin, does that count for you I suffered through biology and microeconomics and sociology for my BS, though thankfully they had removed the math requirement the year before I started. Felt very broad to me ...
Edit for clarity: PRLady, I know you weren't speaking to my degree specifically, but someone majoring in graphic design — which I did, so I thought I'd expand on my experience with college education
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Interestingly, some engineering and natural science undergraduate programs have been modified recently to increase their humanities component requirement in order to graduate (now anywhere from 25-40% of all elective courses).
My two cents about humanities in general: the more impersonal, mechanized, and quantified that the world becomes, the more we need the humanities. Anybody recall that old Bob Seger song "Feel Like a Number"? The humanities are the antidote.
My mother was not wrong for steering me towards biology. It has taught me a lot and puts a roof over my head. It isn't my absolutely passion, but I liked it enough to major in it, and it wasn't something I could learn on my own anyway. I've cobbled together an arts education for myself (in addition to my studio art minor in undergrad) in preparation for a career change, but I don't regret the time spent in biology.
Although, in these difficult economic times, what's more important than your major is your own go-getter attitude and the connections you make. I have a friend moving from Atlanta to San Francisco to take an entry-level research position at large biotech company, which will pay a pretty penny. She had a friend at the company and he saved an opening for her. Undoubtedly, there are many recent science grads in the Bay Area who could have done the job too, but her friend could vouch for her.
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