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Grad things. Job things. Life things.
Recently, Mike Monteiro—he of the “Fuck You. Pay Me” school of design—did a nice little write-up about job searching / interviewing for recent grads. While all of Mike’s points are spot on, I couldn’t help but feel that they are from the viewpoint of a person that’s used to hiring in his own particular way, not necessarily someone who’s… » Read more – ‘Grad things. Job things. Life things.’.
When a brush is a broom.
I attended a talk that graphic designer Debbie Millman gave the other week in which she jokingly drew a comparison of designers to janitors. While most people in the audience laughed at what was meant to be a lighthearted joke, Debbie’s comment brought back a flood of thoughts from my years as an undergraduate art… » Read more – ‘When a brush is a broom.’.
Coding Angst
At an AIGA/NY talk that Jussi Ängeslevä gave last week, a point was brought up in the Q&A afterwards that I thought was interesting: should designers learn to code? Jussi of course resoundingly gave his support to this notion, but then threw the question over to a colleague that was in attendance, who said something… » Read more – ‘Coding Angst’.
“What do you want to be?”
Earlier this year, a good friend and mentor of mine put my feet to the fire and asked “what do you want to be in five years?” I “um”ed and “err”ed for a bit and began to give a very textbook response (probably something along the lines of “senior designer at a medium-sized brand firm”),… » Read more – ‘“What do you want to be?”’.
Oh the places you’ll go…
Better late than never. First off, thank you all very much for your birthday wishes; as simple as it is to send off a quick wall post on Facebook, or to shoot off a quick text, it’s always nice to know that people are thinking of you. Keeping with the tradition of the past couple… » Read more – ‘Oh the places you’ll go…’.
“Statement of Intent”
The cross-disciplinary aspects inherent in design have always fascinated me. Although I trained as a graphic designer, I’ve always been eager to see what my friends in architecture school are working on, or what new project IDEO is putting out there. The conceptual aspects of design—those projects that don’t necessarily come to fruition, but are… » Read more – ‘“Statement of Intent”’.
The AIGA’s Passion Problem
This year’s AIGA National competition has been dubbed “Justified“, and, in the AIGA’s own words, will be: …examples of good design that are also described in terms of their effectiveness in meeting the client’s objectives. Entries will be judged based on their design attributes and also how well a short case is made on their… » Read more – ‘The AIGA’s Passion Problem’.
The Stacks
Very rarely will you see me out and about in the world without something to read. Perhaps it’s the result of growing up with a house with two English literature majors, but I cannot—for the life of me—imagine going a day without reading something new. I’d estimate that I probably have a backlog of 4… » Read more – ‘The Stacks’.
[email protected]: Weeks 4 & 5
I figured it would go fast, and so it did: the first Condensed class of [email protected] has graduated. These past five weeks have been a fantastic experience, both in terms of strengthening my skill-set, as well as spending time to get to know a talented group of designers. My worldview on design and branding has… » Read more – ‘[email protected]: Weeks 4 & 5’.
[email protected]: Weeks 2 & 3
The problem with a blog is that it’s a lot like a house plant: you have to tend to and pay attention to it, otherwise it’ll end up just withering up and dying. Unfortunately for my house plant, I’ve been rather neglectful and the leaves – I suspect – are beginning to turn a bit… » Read more – ‘[email protected]: Weeks 2 & 3’.
Grazie! Danke! Thanks!
The thank you note is an endangered species. I’ll readily admit that I have forgotten more than once to send one off following the receipt of a birthday gift or a holiday card filled with monetary cheer. And when I do finally remember, it’s months after the fact, and as I’m unsure of the statute… » Read more – ‘Grazie! Danke! Thanks!’.