I have finally done it. I have signed up for my first Skillshare class. I stumbled upon this website while browsing design blogs and was immediately intrigued. The website offers classes that teach specific skills with learn-at-your-own-pace video lessons taught by designers around the world. If you’d like to learn more, watch their Manifesto Video. I will be taking the “Digitizing Hand Lettering: From Sketch to Vector.” I can’t wait.
A little something for YOU:
Use this link and we both get $10 off a class at Skillshare.
Also, I’ve got some good stuff over at my personal blog.
Do good work for good people. Even if you don’t get paid. Find joy in the selflessness of helping others.
You’re new in the design world, maybe an intern. You want the big projects, but keep getting the small mind-numbing, soul-crushing, tiny tweaks and changes to items that are already designed by the lead graphic designer. You do production work. You take orders from someone above you. This is not what you expected. You wanted to design something fun. You wanted the glamour that you thought the design world was. News flash: it’s a job.
Pay your dues. You need to appreciate the small things before you can appreciate the big ones. At Zappos, all employees, even executives, start in the call center for two weeks. No one is “above” it and it’s viewed as one of the most valuable aspects of the Zappos culture. So put in your time, work as hard as you can, and have a positive attitude no matter how menial the task. This concept applies to life as well.
Thinking you are better than the small design tasks will give you a reputation as an ass pretty fast. Guess what? This little stuff is the real world. Embrace it.
Stuck in an inspiration rut and can’t get out? Here are some handy dandy tips I have used in the past to get out of my creative hole of darkness.
1. Stalk your favorite designers. I personally love Willoughby Design, Ciera Design, Cuban Council (they designed the Facebook logo!), and David Airey to name a few. See what they’ve created recently. Copy a color palette, observe layouts and font treatments, and read their advice (it’s good stuff).
2. Take a peek at these crazy sites: Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, Jonathan Harris, Cowbird, and Inc.com. Gain some perspective on life, purpose, intention, and expectations.
3. Subscribe to expert’s emails in your specific industry. If you work at a financial institution, The Financial Brand is a fantastic marketing resource. What do these experts have to say? How did they present their information? (Is it designed well?)
4. Get outside of your industry. What are experts doing in retail that you could apply to a financial institution? Compare two unrelated industries and see what is being used in the same way (photography style, marketing approach, Facebook promos, etc) and what is being used differently. Get out of your box for a moment and pull something back into it.
5. Pinterest. Duh.