I recently finished a graphic design course at Shillington in London. I wanted to develop a new skill that would allow me to communicate more effectively visually. The course spanned 3 months and I found it very challenging. My background is mainly accounting/ finance and I haven’t done anything creative prior to taking the course. The only think I knew then was that I enjoy organising information and synthesising it such a way that is easy to understand and remember. I did not really think that this would lead me to graphic design. Like most people, my understanding of graphic design was narrow and mostly uninformed. I thought only people who could draw well could get into graphic design. It was not until I started doing some research about visual communication that I realised that graphic design is actually more than just pretty colours and nice layouts. It is about solving problems using effective communication through visual language. It is about thinking in the box and then outside the box.
One of the things required during the course was to submit a weekly visual diary. A visual diary is essentially a collection of design clippings that caught your attention — generally, people tend to collect examples of good designs but it could also include designs that may not be good as well.