Monthly Archives: May 2009

The Week in Pictures: 5.29.09

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Rediscovering Red. I go through stages where red just feels way too bright and obnoxious and I drape on multiple layers of gray, white and black instead. But it’s been a long week and I need some optimism in my life, so red is back in full force!

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Call Me. Ahhh, I love the 80s. I am well aware that I don’t have a land line, but who could pass up this beauty?! If Gala and I were shacked up in the Virgo Boarding House right now, I could imagine her conducting business calls on this.

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Cute Portland Bars. The Matchbox Lounge made my heart pitter-patter last night when I spotted this couch. Adorable.

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Chai Addict. I drink an obscene amount of chai. It’s better than drinking a pot of coffee!

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Custom Type. I could work on type-related stuff all day (and sometimes, I do). The projects that I’ve been working on over the last week have been overwhelmingly cool and you’ll see the results soon!

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Jacksons Jacket. By now you’ve probably noticed my undying love for Michael Jackson. Well, my friends Leticia & Joel just gifted me with this little black satin Jacksons World Tour jacket circa 1984!!! Can you believe it?! I sort of thought that by slipping it on, I’d suddenly have magical powers and be able to moonwalk across the living room, but it hasn’t worked so far. :/

How was your week?

Link Love: 5.28.09

1. 10 logo design tips from the field is timeless advice.

2. If you’re looking for a laugh, visit the Cynical-C Blog for delights such as Question of the Day: What Would Your Last Meal Be?, the very important Goths in Hot Weather and Amazon one star reviews of classic movies, music and literature.

3. Learn how to prepare and talk about your portfolio.

4. According to the LA Times, designer jeans are recession-proof.

5. Portland’s very own Draplin of DDC just cataloged his entire body of work since 1993 onto one poster. I am in awe.

6. Thank you to dirtyflaws for locating my dream wardrobe.

7. Proof that you really are what you eat (thanks bianca).

8. The recesssion hits rap: Rappers are finding it difficult to afford new bling and some are resorting to (gasp!) cubic zirconia-encrusted jewelry or renting it instead.

9. Wolff Olins delivers with the amazing Living Proof No Frizz line of packaging. I love the containers, the type and the colors.

What are your favorite links of the week?

One Year Out of Design School: 10 Valuable Lessons

I graduated with my graphic design degree last June and since it’s been almost one year, I thought I’d share the 10 most valuable lessons that I’ve learned so far.

In the beginning, it’s okay to take on low paying jobs. During school, I did a ton of freelance. I took on nearly every job that was offered to me including work from Virgin Records and followed that up with some small logo comissions. If you feel that there’s some valuable portfolio pieces and knowledge to be gained from a lower paying job, by all means take it. I wouldn’t recommend working for free though. Your schooling and talent should be worth at least some compensation!

The connections that you make early in your career will take you far. I still keep in touch with former classmates, teachers and even people who’ve reviewed my portfolio. Every person that you meet in the design industry knows someone else and you never know when an opportunity will arise.

Never feel like you’re too good to take on smaller jobs. There’s always something to be gained, even in the most minute task. Even if you’ve had a high powered job and end up at another employer later on in an entry-level position, use that time to demonstrate your work ethic. Set up some time to bring your portfolio by the art director’s / owner’s desk after you’ve been there awhile to show them what you’re really made of. Perseverance pays off.

Never be afraid to ask for help. If you can’t figure out how to perform a design task or how to work the printer, it’s always better to ask for help than to screw up. Most designers were in your shoes once and they are usually more than willing to give you a hand.

Work on something design-related every day. Whether you have a design job or not, make the time and put in the effort. I wake up before 7 a.m. every day and read design blogs, work with type, do freelance and blog. It keeps me fresh and up on current happenings.

Do design because you can’t imagine doing anything else. Don’t do it for the money.

Turn negatives into positives. If you can’t find a design-related job right away, do the research and start your own business. If you get terrible feedback on a project, redo it and prove the nay-sayers wrong. You are in control of your output. Make it the absolute best that you can.

Don’t burn your bridges. If you have a bad experience with a client or a job, never share it publicly. Everyone gets burned during their careers but it always pays to take the high road. The design community is way smaller than you think. Get the negativity out of your system privately with someone you trust and move on.

Unpaid internships can be valuable. If you get an amazing internship opportunity but it’s unpaid, consider the trade-off. Is the experience that you gain worth your time? Can you afford it? In the case of my internship, I was also working full-time and living on my own, so I was upfront about my situation. In this economy, it’s going to be much harder to find paid internships, but it never hurts to ask if monetary compensation is available.

There’s no way that you can possibly know everything right out of school. You’ll make mistakes. Sometimes, they’ll be big ones. You’ll get embarrassed. It’s okay. Apologize, learn from them and move on. It’s not the end of the world.