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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
Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka were recognized with the AIGA Medal for bringing wit, charm and a distinctly Californian sensibility to design, and for their commitment to leading the design profession through an era of change.
Section: Inspiration -
AIGA Medal, interview
Like the rest of us, ADG Creative’s Jon Barnes is very attached to his smartphone. But he knows we've got to draw the line somewhere.
I’ve seen it dozens of
times. A design team meets after observing people use their design, and they’re
excited and energized by what they saw and heard during the sessions. They’re
all charged up about fixing the design. Everyone comes in with ideas, certain they
have the right solution to remedy users’ frustrations. Then what happens?
Section: Tools and Resources
Champion of Craft: Ladyfingers Letterpress
Posted by Mohawk Fine Papers
Felt & Wire
Young & Smylie Licorice
See @abbottmiller's elegant identity design for French Embassy's new @albertinebooks. More on http://t.co/E5Jcu8Wn6H http://t.co/oUP0Blnzfg
44 minutes ago
Cossette / Identica Branding & Design
Visual Designer – Arizona State University
November 24, 2014
The Big One 2014
November 22, 2014
Substance of Things Not Seen
frog design, inc.