Winning a design award can provide much more than just a public pat on the back for you or your creative team.
If you're a designer looking to land work, or an in-house professional trying to earn the respect and trust of senior management, consider entering a design competition. Being recognized by a well-known publication or association can build your confidence, professional reputation and credibility.
Creative office spaces come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing is for sure – a cohesive office is fuel for brilliant ideas.
As I'm set to hit the 90-day mark of The Great Agency Adventure, I can't help but reflect on where I've been. I've seen vast cityscapes, lavish museums, beautiful parks and charming cobblestone lanes. Yet, some of the most beautiful places I've seen are the agencies themselves.
Given that each agency I've encountered is able to develop such brilliant creative, you'd think their similarities would be glaring. Yet, I've come to find that while they share certain elements, these agencies use their workspace in a manner that's conducive to their own creative process. It's truly a wonder to see it with my own eyes.
The Great Agency Adventure
As technology evolves, so too must user experience professionals. Do you have a pulse on the latest UX trends and the skills employers seek?
UX, or user experience, isn't just a buzzword – it's a discipline. And professionals with UX expertise can enjoy lucrative careers as companies of all sizes seek people with these skills.
But what does it take to be a successful UX designer? TCG executive director Diane Domeyer got the scoop from master designer Jose Caballer during TCG's first Buzz Break, an interview series with creative industry leaders. They talked about everything from how UX has evolved from the dot-com days to what skills and abilities are required for the job.
Attention recent and soon-to-be grads: Want to break into the creative industry? If so, consider these job search pointers.
I recently attended a panel discussion at the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado where several members of the Denver TCG team offered advice to students about navigating the workforce and launching creative careers after graduation. The students, who are studying everything from digital design and animation to illustration, participated in a candid discussion about what employers look for, and how to stand out in a crowd and leverage your network.
Take a look at your to-do list. I bet there's at least one task on it that you can't seem to cross off. You're not alone. (And, really, does that surprise you?)
As this comic from 20px shows, there are many types of procrastinators. But if you're one of them, you needn't feel bad.
A little workplace humor can make a big impact. Here's how to safely flex your funny bone at the office.
Laughter can make hectic days slightly easier to handle, while reducing the physical symptoms of stress. But a good guffaw can benefit the overall health of your office, too.
Being good on your feet, commanding a room and getting people to follow you starts with standing up. Then words have to come out of your mouth. But are your words persuasive? Is your pitch compelling? Do the words you use move you to charismatic or characterless?
Here's a little test for you.
You get to vote for President. The trouble is, you don't know anything about the candidates, their policies, their history. In fact, the only information you have is what each candidate's son says about his dad. Which candidate would you vote for? (And, yes, you have to vote.)
Are you a creative freelancer facing a monster project? Read these six tips before tackling the major undertaking.
One of the challenges we face as creative entrepreneurs is finding ways to work through problems. Working alone, we don't have colleagues just over the cubicle wall to bounce things off of. When I'm stumped, I find that writing about the problem helps me think it through. So bear with me as I hash out an issue – one that affects all of us at some point in our freelance careers.
I'm talking about the Monster Project.
Your grandmother has a Facebook account (and has finally learned how to tag photos). Your dad knows how to use "LinkedIn" as both a noun and a verb. Your cousin has mastered the art of the ironic hashtag (#totes) on Instagram. This could only mean one thing: Social media is everywhere.
But the personal side of social media is only part of what's propelling it toward near ubiquity. Much is also due to businesses' wider-spread adoption of a variety of platforms – and their willingness to take risks and behave more like your (well-acquainted, well-adapted) friends and family.
Looking to land a creative job or new clients for your freelance business? A compelling, consistent personal brand helps you build relationships with hiring managers and business prospects – and those relationships can ultimately lead to job offers and assignments.
TCG executive director Diane Domeyer recently appeared as a guest on the Design Recharge Show to talk about personal branding with host Diane Gibbs. During the one-hour chat, she shared many tips for developing your personal brand, as well as common mistakes to avoid.