In the creative world, experience is often seen as a boon to anyone’s resume. A lack of experience, on the other hand, is often a source of anxiety and stress for many beginners… But it shouldn’t be.
There are a lot of rules when it comes to design and the creative arts. In fact, one can even argue that design is built on well-tread techniques and methods that achieve results time and time again. Colors are chosen with purpose, layouts are composed based on grids and other rational means, and techniques are employed based on how effective they will be in a design. So then why does it seem that these rules are always being bent, sometimes even broken completely, and to great effect?
We all have experience with competition. We look at our peers’ work and we evaluate if we’re better or if they’re better and then we act accordingly. Competition is good because it forces any self-respecting creative professional to always sharpen their creative edge which is ultimately great for the creative industries in general because we’ll always be producing better and better work.
When I decided to embark on this journey of becoming a creative professional, I had all these ideas of what kind of place I’d like to work in — the kind of place that would get the proverbial "creative juices" flowing. In my mind, it was a place with good music playing at all times, colorful things, cool stuff and "things I like." It was a dream space where I would be free to explore my ideas and my thoughts so I could transform them into good work.
A lot of designers and creative professionals put a lot of time and energy and money into business cards. And why not? It’s a great opportunity to show off your personality, your design sense, and, to some extent, your design skills.