Meet Your Instructor, Kim Brill
Decades of Design Experience
My degree is in graphic design, and I am winding down a career as an art director and designer. When I began fusing glass in 2005, I realized that as a glass newbie, I could do nice work with no technique or other skills if I relied on good design. Planning a piece of glass is not that different from designing an advertisement or a book cover. The same guidelines apply.
This comes pretty easily to me now only because I've been at it for so long. It used to be hard. Since that time I've figured out some basic universal design themes that helped me coach young graphic designers into better results. And I found out how to talk about these things without falling into what I call "MFA-speak" — that lofty, philosophical, hard-to-follow language that some artists use.
I needed more practical, easily-digestible ways to speak about design. And that's what this tutorial is about.
Improving your design skills is a worthwhile exercise, but it does require a bit of commitment and a willingness to see things anew. And it takes practice — but your brain is flexible and trainable. Like anything else, do this long enough and it becomes second nature. Remember when you were learning how to drive? Same thing here. Practice makes it better and easier.