Exploration in Design

While thinking about what I would like to learn for this independent learning project, a lot of things come to mind. I have so many interests -maybe too many – and it’s hard to choose just one. (This is why I had so much trouble picking a major and sticking with it!) I would really like, however, to learn more about graphic design. Like I stated in my bio, before I changed my major, I was a double major, majoring in both k-12 music and art. It was during this time that I took a graphic design course -my first at that – and found it absolutely fascinating. It’s funny, because I didn’t think I would like it at all! Although we essentially just covered the basics in that class, I learned so much. For example, we talked about everything from simple design, to what makes an ad attractive and effective, to typeface (which is an art in itself), to the effects good ads have on us. It may sound boring to some, but to me, like I stated earlier, is fascinating. Taking that class really opened my eyes to a whole other side to art that I didn’t even know existed. While writing this too, advertising plays such a big part in everyone’s lives – including children – and it would be fun, in my opinion, to somehow incorporate it into the classroom. In doing this, students would be able to take a step back from what they’re looking at, whether that be ads in a magazine, billboards on the side of the highway, or commercials on the T.V., and consciously analyze it for what type of product it’s trying to sell, what the intended audience is, and how that company is going about capturing that audience’s attention to try to get them to buy that product. After all, in my opinion, it’s probably in the student’s best interest to learn about things like this. Learning about this would give them the tools to be innovative, critical thinkers in a modern society such as ours.

helvetica posterPhoto CC-By Graham Smith



  1. karsonlangley · January 25, 2016

    I don’t think you can ever have too many interests Josh, but I do agree that it is really hard to find just one to focus on. Graphic design will be a great subject to explore. I also took graphic design and loved it. The professor was inspiring and jump started my creative side. It had been so long since I had to be creative and I loved the change up. How do you plan on pursuing graphic design? Will you play with photoshop? I think having a good background in the subject could help you with classroom aesthetics and creativity.


    • joshuapilkington · February 1, 2016

      Karson, most definitely! To be honest, I haven’t really thought about playing with different apps or software (ever have a “duh!” moment?). I know there are a lot of cool apps out there, and there were some really cool design tools in that list of web applications and what not, so it’ll be fun to dive into some of those. Thanks for the reply! Josh


  2. Pelayom6 · January 25, 2016

    Isn’t it crazy how one thing leads to another? In this case, you found something you were passionate about, and didn’t even knew. And that is precisely why I could not decide on what to do for my semester project. Soo many interesting things to write about…


    • joshuapilkington · February 1, 2016

      Yes, exactly! It’s cool to see thoughts and ideas change and evolve. If only we weren’t drawn to so many interesting topics. Josh


  3. corinneelisecarlton · January 30, 2016

    College is a wonderful thing isn’t it? We get to explore our horizons and take classes on subjects that we never thought we would like or enjoy. First, we read and learn to get a good grade in the class, and then we actually find out that we are learning something! I feel like when we are learning something, the topic always become a little more enjoyable! This is something that you can share with your students, when they might not think your class is “for them”! Good luck on your project!


    • joshuapilkington · February 1, 2016

      Corinne, good luck to you too! College really is fun, and we end up taking what we really enjoyed learning with us long after the class is over. Josh

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  4. sharinglovelife · January 31, 2016

    I sense your fascination through your words on this. Reading about advertising made me instantly think of “Wall Drug.” They advertised so well to bring people into their tourist trap that it is known world wide now. Advertising is powerful.


    • joshuapilkington · February 1, 2016

      I think the more I wrote, the more excited I got! Advertising really is powerful. Even if you make the decision not to succumb to it, it still influences you subconsciously. Josh


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