Advice on Pursuing a Career in Design

By Kristi Muse
Production Designer, projekt202

An auspicious beginning.

This sentence defines how my internship went with projekt202. Now, becoming a full-time Production Designer in the Dallas office, I have some great insight to share.

The past months as an intern have been very rewarding for me. Not only did I get to see how designers work on a daily basis, but I realized that there’s a limit to learning about design at school or by yourself. I’ve learned so much about UX Design and Agile processes, to the point that I dream about it couple nights a week. Observing how other designers use design tools and present their unique designs in meetings allowed me to adapt and morph my own way of designing screens for projects.

I’ve gotten a taste on how Agile works at projekt202. Constantly conversing with developers, project managers and designers opened my mind about the process of how a project can become successful, even if there’s a lot of people in your team. Everyone here at projekt202 is involved in one way or another. You’re never left out or pushed off to the side and, if you’re always wanting to find more work, people will help you get onboarded on any open project.

My time as an intern gave me the chance to collaborate with talented designers, contribute my designs to a big project, explore the projekt202 methodology, attend workshops related to design and research, and become friends with amazing coworkers. There is still a lot to learn in the design industry, but I can confidently say that I’m in the right place to expand my design knowledge and jumpstart my career as a designer.

Some advice I want to give to students who want to pursue a career in design:

1. As clichéd as it sounds, never give up. My career transition from business to design made me realize that life has endless possibilities. It’s okay to take a risk in doing what you love, because eventually you’ll lead your passion into a career.

2. Waking up and being excited to come to work is a real thing, believe me. I’m not much of a morning person, but every time my alarm goes off in the morning, I look forward to what I’ll be doing in the office that day.

3. Network and find mentors. It’s rewarding to find mentors that want to help you succeed in life and give advice on how to become a better designer.

4. Perseverance is key. All designers have their own design style. It all takes time and practice to become an expert at anything. Never believe that you’re not good enough.

To summarize, I am extremely grateful to work at projekt202. The people, the projects and the culture make being a designer so much fun. This experience is my auspicious beginning.

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