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How do you strike the balance between exuberant young artist
with vision, supporting cast member, ever-ready helper, and
“You have to pay your dues.”
It's a mantra heard often by students and young designers. But
it can mean many different things to many different people. And its
usually stated in the third person. So, for clarification, I've
asked over a dozen successful designers for personal stories about
how they paid their dues.
Most describe it as a period time during which they had to give
and follow patiently, even when they wanted desperately to be
allowed to break loose. They gave up something to receive something
they did not have, something that they desired: credibility,
professional skills, experience-the answer is different for
But when do we go too far? When do we go from paying dues to
selling out? Is it OK to “rent out” your soul once in a while? How
many times is too often? When is it a temporary necessity as
opposed to an intolerable state?
The stories told vary in situation and circumstance, but there
are common themes of hope and reflection. They illustrate the power
of pursuing our individual vision and doing whatever it takes to
make it real. Just thinking about it is not enough!
Creative Director, Vrontikis Design Office
Senior Faculty Member, Art Center College of Design
In an expansive global design economy, diversity is not a social cause but a business imperative.
Section: About AIGA -
AIGA Insight, diversity
Miriello has discovered that it’s the human stories that create effective brands.
Section: Inspiration -
personal essay, branding, graphic design, mentoring, students
A short film about designer Louise Fili, who was awarded the AIGA Medal at “The AIGA Centennial Gala” in New York City in April 2014.
Section: Inspiration -
AIGA Medal, interview, book design, branding, graphic design, identity design, typography
Another competition is in the books! The Big One, Alaska's annual design show awards ceremony and exhibition, was Saturday, November 15 at The Boardroom. The event was truly statewide, with entries coming in from as far north as Barrow and far south as Nikiski.
Layoffs are a fact of life in the design profession. With unemployment at 7.7 percent nationally, and with firms learning to operate leaner
in order to remain competitive in a very crowded market, I've assembled a
list of warning signs that you might be laid off, and what steps you should take to achieve the most favorable outcome.
Section: Tools and Resources
Michael Bierut Gives His First-Ever "Slide-Free" Lecture at MFA Products of Design
3 days ago from
Christian Dior temporary store
"If we build the future, then let's not build a future that sucks... Seems logical." @IntelFuturist #GAINconference: http://t.co/UTPCV5qoef
9 hours ago
Young & Smylie Licorice
InVision Research Assistant Remote-Telecommute
December 20, 2014
AIGA AZ 2014: A Year in Review
December 16, 2014
IZZE You’ll Love What’s Inside Campaign