After working on Design Instruct as its editor for the last 6 years and being a creative professional myself, I can say that there has been no shortage of life lessons and insights along the way.
We have a small collection of art and design books here at Design Instruct and it’s obvious we need more.
Here are a few more true things we all know.
Google’s redesigned identity hits the right notes and is a masterclass in design thinking.
I’ve worked as a creative in some form or another for all of my adult life. At every turn in my career, the topic of working for free never fails to rear its cheap, ugly head.
Just because a client doesn’t accept your project proposal or your price quote unconditionally, it doesn’t mean you should say no right away.
Can creative work be done on tablets and phones? I’ve always thought that a pencil and a piece of paper is infinitely more valuable to a creative professional than a very expensive touchscreen. But I could be wrong.
The world of freelancing makes it seem that you are “free” to do what you like, with whomever you like, and for whichever pay you like. Now, that makes it all sound too good to be true, right? Well, it kind of is, because “easy” is a word you can cross off your list of benefits in this job. Believe me I know, I’m a freelancer!
This is the tale of two companies… Company A comes complete with ping-pong tables, a beer keg, climbing wall, Xbox, an unlimited vacation policy, and a fun-filled event calendar. Company B has none of these perks. All things being equal, which one would you rather work for?
During the past decade, stock photography’s standing has fallen dramatically in the creative industries. Often derided, stock is considered cheap, predictable, cheesy, forced, and unnatural – the list goes on… but is the tide turning?
It’s a classic rookie freelancer mistake: You’re just starting out; you’re talented but inexperienced; and either in an attempt to lure clients, or out of pure ignorance you price yourself way, way too low.
2015 could be a pivotal year in the world of web design and the visual arts.