Architecture & Design Instructor
The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
As a designer, you'll never lose. You'll either win, or you'll learn. Analy Diego , Architecture & Design Instructor , The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I was introduced to the art world at the age of six by my grandfather, a skilled caricaturist. From that moment, I knew I wanted to create and inspire for the rest of my life.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
I believe all design students are creatively unique, and as such they should be taught in a way that enhances their individual learning styles and passions. All my assignments allow students to explore opportunities and seek answers on their own...my main goal is to help them learn to think critically, and to have their own voice as designers.
How do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their perceived limits?
As an example, the window assignments with visual merchandising force students to push themselves creatively in ways that they haven’t before. After completing the assignment, they’re extremely proud to have work they can add to their portfolio
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
Collaboration plays a major role in all design work. Encouraging students to reach out to one another to solve problems and share knowledge not only builds teamwork and leadership skills, but leads to deeper learning and understanding.
What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?
As a designer, you’ll never lose. You’ll either win, or you’ll learn.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I like to think of myself as a storyteller...only I use art instead of words.