Derrick Dansby

Graphic & Web Design

Graphic Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Portland

Derrick Dansby

Don't settle for the first design solution you come up with. Derrick Dansby , Graphic Design Instructor , The Art Institute of Portland

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I’ve been expressing ideas on paper since I could hold a crayon. While I was working toward a fine arts degree with a focus on painting and drawing, I decided to broaden my artistic education to include photography, film, and typography. Exploring those forms of expression put me on the path to becoming a graphic designer. Ever since, I’ve been expressing ideas through the art and science of visual communication.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

Every moment I’m in the classroom is an opportunity to share things I’ve experienced in my professional career. I talk about time management, inter-personal skills, and creative processes designed to equip design students with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Don’t settle for the first design solution you come up with. Keep exploring different approaches, seek others’ advice, and don’t get discouraged when someone critiques your work. Use it as a learning opportunity.