GDE710 W8 | Workshop Challenge


This week’s Workshop Challenge asks us to investigate and identify our skills as graphic designers as well as any gaps.


as a graphic designer, and in my work as a creative director:

  • adobe creative suite

  • advocacy

  • active listening

  • articulating ideas

  • belief

  • brainstorming

  • bullshit detector

  • concepting

  • creativity

  • curiosity

  • design foundations

  • editorial design

  • emotional intelligence

  • empathy

  • endurance

  • flexible

  • giving critical feedback

  • good instincts

  • hope

  • intuition

  • marketing

  • motivating others

  • observing

  • project management

  • print production

  • receiving critical feedback

  • self awareness

  • typography


Note: items in bold italics are gaps that are areas of most need, or most significant gaps:

  • alternative perspectives

  • animation

  • art & design history

  • boldness

  • confidence

  • desire

  • effective storytelling

  • experimentation

  • exploration

  • inspiration

  • letterpress

  • linocut

  • making

  • mentorship

  • networking

  • patience

  • persuasive

  • photography

  • proactive outreach

  • procrastination

  • saying “no.”

  • side projects

  • social design

  • videography

  • willing to take risks

  • workload management


In reviewing my list, it occurred to me that my skills tracked well to the body’s anatomy. Further, my highschool fascination with the medical illustrations in Grey’s Anatomy compelled me to make an infographic poster using an illustration style that I’d never attempted before to portray my skills and their respective gaps. No better time than the present to tackle those gaps (exploration, experimentation, etc.)

This started with a quick doodle paired with the list to map each skill to a different area of the body (head, heart, back, hands, etc.)

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Then a rough sketch of my self-portrait.

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Inspired by the poster designs of James Victore, I decided to make a poster for my final piece. I chose a color palette that was electric, a illustration style that was fluid and more abstract. For my skills, I chose to use white as the color to signify the most concrete or solidified of my skills. Using two hues of blue from the illustration to indicate my gaps: the darker the blue, the wider the gap.

The Anatomy of Graphic Designer, Kris Miller

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Victore, James. (2010) Victore, or, Who Died and Made You Boss? Abrams.