by: Felicite Keng ∴ Empath

Hustle culture is toxic. It has become more prevalent in our generation that we have to be working 24/7 in order to be successful. Prioritizing your career’s success over family, friends and social life can sound impressive to others. But what does that leave you?

If you take a minute and think about your work ethic, which describes you the best? A) Procrastinate until the last minute, or B) Work on a project until 4 in the morning and don’t take any breaks. I feel like most people would answer A, but ultimately still get…


by: Alan Frenkel-Andrade ∴ Vector Architect

As a designer who frequently works with images, I am often on the search for good quality pictures to use in my work. However, I found that finding free stock images or taking my own photographs was often limiting and didn’t amount to many inspiring visual options. For some, this might not be an issue, but for those who love working with images and struggle to find great high resolution images, I would highly recommend looking into public domain image collections. …


by: Emily Malcolm ∴ Idea Generator

“So, what do you do?”. A question most of us tend to dread, not because we don’t want to answer the question, but because we know that there will be multiple follow up questions usually unrelated to our actual profession or questions which come from a place of ignorance. Especially with design being in or grouped with the fine arts, most follow up questions (whether direct or indirect), revolve around job security or our worth/value in society. As a designer, I find this very interesting because we are taught to see our worth and…


by: Elise Wang ∴ Divergently Creative

YSDN 2017–2021 ∴ an aesthetic rollercoaster ride

Coming out of a specialized arts high school after a decade of fine arts, I craved new ways to apply my creative skills. This led to an intensive year of interior design at Sheridan College, before starting over and exploring other creative fields. A pivotal moment was when I got accepted into Sheridan Illustration and York-Sheridan Design. It was my fork in the road, having to choose between leaning in to the familiar and going out into the unknown. For this reason and that, perhaps against my…


by Racheal Cowley ∴ Amateur Writer

Think of me as goldilocks, it has taken me three tries at this whole higher education thing to get something that fit just right. It started with business school, then a swing in the opposite direction with art school and landing in the perfectly tepid embrace of graphic design.

My experiences with each institution have been wildly different. I hated business school and felt like a speck in the massive auditorium size classes. Art school was completely different. The classes were smaller, we were urged to share a lot of ourselves in our work–…


by: Emily Zathey ∴ Creative Soul

This past fall, I was really itching to find a design job that would give me a bit more experience on my resume, while also allowing me to say goodbye to my retail job. Before the pandemic hit, I really enjoyed working retail — I liked interacting with the customers and I didn’t mind working those super long shifts that sometimes dragged on. When things started to open up again forcing me back to work, I was dreading it. Having to tell people 20 times a day to wear a mask over their nose…


By Rachel Wong ∴ Nighttime Designer

Think of a room about 10 feet long and 7 feet wide. Place yourself in the middle of that room with a bed, a computer, your cell phone, and a couple of your favourite things. Now, you have a decision to make between the three following options: work, homework, or leisure. You can do any of the three for however long you want or need to. Now make that same decision about 3 times a day for almost 400 consecutive days. …


by: Paniz Adiban ∴ Sustainable Designer

I remember it so clearly: the feeling of stepping into the open lecture hall–ready for my professor to begin the lecture for our class, Design Placement. The room started filling up as friends got together and awaited that week’s alumni speaker. I also remember the rush of preparing for my internship and sending out emails to different recruiters — sitting down with classmates, just ranting about all the decisions we had to make. This was just over a year ago, pre-covid, pre-global-pandemic, pre-life-changing-event-that-changed-everything.

Earlier that year, I was looking at a lot of different…


by: Alex Blechta A Creative Human

Design is more than websites and posters, its most useful aspect is the thinking that goes behind it, more commonly known as design thinking. IDEO defines design thinking as “having a human-centered core. It encourages organizations to focus on the people they’re creating for, which leads to better products, services, and internal processes. When you sit down to create a solution for a business need, the first question should always be “what’s the human need behind it?” Design thinking is the research– it’s the human and it’s the empathy that goes into the…


by: Jenny Tiêu Storyteller

Sometimes as designers, we create problems, but we also solve them. As creative and innovative thinkers, we listen to our curiosity while observing the issues that arise around us. Without listening and perceiving, how can designers solve problems?

The answer is that we cannot, at least not well.

In design and our everyday lives, listening and observing are crucial skills.

Take the time to listen. Listen to that client who talks a little too much. Listen to the sometimes outdated professor. Listen to the unagreeable feedback or critique. Listening allows you to gain valuable insight…

YSDN 2021 GradEx: There∴fore

The 2021 graduates from the York/Sheridan Program in Design share their thoughts on design, graduation, and building an online showcase. ysdn2021.com

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