A selection of the good luck messages which have been written to accompany poster designs over the past 4 years of the project:
"Believe in you own abilities, surround yourself with inspiring people and just keep going ... never give up."
"It's all about experimentation and reinvention. If something is not working, try something else and start over. Be flexible, curious, intrepid. Don't expect to get it right first time. Learn from each attempt then rip it up and start again."
"During my course I was drawn to many books, authors and disciplines and at the end of the day I was so influenced by all these ideas that I didn’t know what to do with my own project. However, in the end I found my bearings and I know that that exposure changed and enriched my final work.
So, my advice is that you should eat a daily amount of nutritive ideas: green, red, orange, purple, blue, yellow and black ones. Then, process and digest them: take what is important and useful but make it yours, give it your personal input. Finally go to the loo, take a deep breath and evacuate! Yes! That will help to keep you moving and to construct your learning for life.
Good luck and receive a warm hug from MEXICO!"
Cynthia Ortega Salgado
"Arriving at University I was nervous about meeting new people and joining in with events and I spent a great deal of time alone in my room refusing invites and becoming more secluded and lonely. I realised that I needed to start making an effort and when I did I met some amazing people who I hope to be friends with for many more years."
"When I came to Falmouth I was looking for shortcuts; ways of working that made it quick and easy to produce good work. In three years I have learnt that there are no shortcuts if you want to produce something genuinely good.
It's simple really: the work you put in always shows on the page. If you work hard you can make beautiful things and that can be a great feeling."
"People warned me that students who take study trips abroad during their degree never do any work and inevitably waste precious time. Indeed I was told I had done this when I returned from three months in Romania because I had only filled one sketch book. But on the contrary, the people I met and the time I spent drawing, observing and even just thinking are still making a direct impact on me and my work four years later."