All the way through early university, I struggled to talk about design in a professional manner. I was left tongue tied or pointing out the obvious. Not because I didn't know the subject, but because I didn't know how to speak about design.
However, this very blog changed all that. It let me develop my design vocabulary without the pressure of being in an actual conversation. The first few posts took me hours, constantly going through them, rewriting it to sound more natural. Now I don't have to make those corrections, because IT IS natural.
It's also let me develop my opinions on design topics not directly tackled within university, but still vital in the 'real' design world. This created a loop, my self-analysis directly improving how I spoke about design, thus spurring me onto writing more.
My grammar is nowhere near as bad, (although still terrible) but I now realise its the quality of the material people care about. With traffic analysis I can see what works and what doesn't. Showing me that it's not all in vain, people do actually read my ramblings.
Good for you, I hear you mumble? My point is, every design student should make an effort of keeping a design blog that they regularly update. Not a half arsed tumblr with 20 pictures of nice lights, (been there, done that, got the t-shirt.) but a blog where they can attempt to tackle design issues as well as analyse the nice things they find.
To prove I'm not just preaching rubbish, I received a reply from a design consultancy today saying, my application enquiry was one of the best they had ever received. Apparently striking a good balance of fun and seriousness, while really understanding what the company was really about. That really wouldn't have been the case without this practise, I'd more likely be sat here waiting for the feedback that was never coming. In a recent interview, the Design Director also praised the effort and quality of some of the posts he had read. So don't under estimate your potential audience.
From now on, when someone tells me, "I just don't have time to write a blog." My reply will be, "Do you think design consultancies have time to reply, to each student begging for a placement, and tell them why they didn't stand out enough?" Do yourselves a favour guys...Write a blog.
I'm waiting for a barrage of comments pointing out my grammatical errors now....I'll just say it was done to add a sense of irony to the post.