I’m passionate about art and design and the impact it has in our current society. I google constantly about design tips and techniques and my Instagram feed has been overrun by case studies and portfolios. Being a designer and a creator is a large part of my identity. I stopped developing my artistic ability and creativity after receiving a lot of pressure from friends, family, and my peers into believing it’s a dead end career. I thought STEM was the only way to go for a prosperous career and money in the bank but in doing so, I rejected a lot of what made me me. What makes me angry are the large amount of people who believe majoring in a creative field is useless and not income bearing. Its an outdated view especially in the age of the internet where everything we consume has been touched by the hands of a designer, from Apple products to silly little Instagram posts. Design is an integral part of our world and how we view it and when combined with proper marketing, good design has the potential to influence millions. My main audience would be future prospective designers, people looking to make a career change, or anyone who is interested in learning the impact of design on our world today.
ENG 1121 is all about you in the world. If ENG 1101 is about you getting more comfortable with your own process, and with some of the tools writers use, then ENG 1121 is about seeing how all that knowledge works not just in academics but also in the world of work and community.
I’m Jackie Blain, and you can find me on our Slack workspace or via email DBlain@citytech.cuny.edu.