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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.’.
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…’.
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’.
A Birthday Thanks
Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I know in the age of Facebook, it’s a very zero-cost activity to punch out a “Happy birthday!!” on someone’s wall, but I still maintain that it means something when so many people deem me significant enough to warrant a moment’s thought, so again, I thank you all.… » Read more – ‘A Birthday Thanks’.
A Reply to a Graphic Design Student
About a month ago I received an email from a student looking to apply to the BFA Graphic Design program at Cal State Long Beach; the program from which I will graduate from this coming December. Our BFA program is particularly competitive in that students must undergo a portfolio review process in order to be… » Read more – ‘A Reply to a Graphic Design Student’.
[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’.
[email protected]: Week One
I hate it when people say this, but it’s completely true: time does fly when you’re having fun (and/or frustrated, which has definitely been a feeling that’s been felt at times). This first week has gone by so amazingly quick that I imagine that it’ll be the end of July before I know it. This… » Read more – ‘[email protected]: Week One’.
[email protected]: Day One
Class got out on time (amazing!) last night at 9.30pm; home is a fifteen minute walk, so I got back to the apartment around 9.45, at which point I had only the energy to reply to a couple messages and promptly pass out. The day is a bit tough to condense (ha!) in my head,… » Read more – ‘[email protected]: Day One’.
Making the (Upper)Case for Type Education
I think it has something to do with the current stage I am at in my life – and the formation of opinions about that stage – that I find that I’m constantly thinking about typography and its role (or the dearth thereof) in design education. I don’t know that we fully appreciate the impact… » Read more – ‘Making the (Upper)Case for Type Education’.