One of our most popular courses is the course of graphic designer. The varied mix of Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator keeps it interesting, and becoming a graphic designer is a dream for every creative jack-of-all-trades. The coaching of the lecturer in question, Stefano Falco, also sparks widespread enthusiasm. We would like to introduce him to you!
Besides running his own graphic design bureau, Stefano teaches the course graphic designer at the CDL. “I already worked for the Belgian and Dutch unit of the CDL, and I bundled my long-standing expertise in a number of practice-oriented graphic design courses. I wrote the syllabuses Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator (CS6/CC) myself. The syllabuses do not only give information about much-needed program-skills, but also contain many do’s and don’ts and practical tips. You can safely look at my courses as twenty years of priceless practical experience.”
“I teach my own graphic design courses, but I also coach the course Webdesign. This courses is more visually oriented, thus targeted to the graphic designer who wants to make websites, apps and games without having to do any coding.”
Stefano thinks that sharing knowledge and communicating with other people is the most beautiful thing there is. He sees teaching as a two-way traffic. “I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. My motto is: you can learn from everyone, and every day is a lesson. The punk/rock band Limp Bizkit once sang: ‘Cuz life is a lesson, you’ll learn it when you’re through’. Learning a lifetime long until it’s over… Fantastic, right? The open-mindedness and the enthusiasm of the students stimulates me a lot, too. It is a pleasant thought that I can share my many years of experience with the next generation of designers. It is nice to know that new designers will be walking around soon, inspired by my courses. Finally, I think that you can take your life in your own hands by following home schooling. Everyone can be what he/she wants to be. That’s great, isn’t it?”
“I would describe myself as a rather ‘idealistic’ teacher. Next to teaching the students the highly-needed competences, I also try to give them a sense of integrity. I personally think that in graphic design, apart from the ability to solve problems, you need to have a personal expression and you need to stick to your own principles. I do really believe that graphic design can make life more beautiful. Design can be a tool to hold up a mirror to the audience and can help to create a conscience. As a designer, you need to dare to be the thorn in the side.”