What kind of classes would you recommend to a junior art director fresh out of portfolio school who has great conceptual chops but needs more experience with design?

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Get well-versed in all the Adobe software with LinkedIn learning. Not just the basics. Rest I think it’s on them to pay attention to design, photography, fashion, and cinematography trends. So much is on that person’s own taste level. If they don’t have good taste in design it’s hard to change that.


I’ve never been to portfolio school, so I’m not entirely sure how else you can show conceptual chops without showing the designs to back it up. There’s always YouTube, design brief communities online and on Instagram, that website all the influencers push with courses (edit: SKILLSHARE!)

Depends on the city, but I’d look into continuing ed classes in the Adobe programs + graphic design. Nyc has classes at SVA. Would be great if agency could subsidize them.

Also, it takes time, but the best way to learn is through experience. And explaining to them why something doesn’t work.

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