Mr. James M. Slate

Member Since January 1994
Member Type Contributor
AIGA Chapter Chicago
Title Freelance Art Director
Company JMS Design
Email moc.liamg@71ngisedsmj
Field Art direction/Creative direction
Design/Graphic design
  • James Slate commented on the article "Video: Stefan Sagmeister"

    As a young graphic design student, I had always admired Mr. Sagmeister’s work. It was such an inspiration to me and probably informed much of the design I did in college. One of my instructors actually encouraged me to write to him asking for career advice. However, instead of receiving a personal note, I got a generic response from one of his assistants, telling me that Mr. Sagmeister was “too busy” to personally answer my questions, and then directed me to the FAQ page on their website that listed answers to commonly asked questions. After receiving such a cold and rude reply, it effectively eliminated any admiration I might have had for this man and his work. Be very careful whom you make idols of, because inevitably they will fail you. I can’t understand why the design community has given this man such glorification.

  • James Slate commented on the article "Video: Stefan Sagmeister"

    As a young graphic design student, I had always admired Mr. Sagmeister’s work. It was such an inspiration to me and probably informed much of the design I did in college. One of my instructors actually encouraged me to write to him asking for career advice. However, instead of receiving a personal note, I got a generic response from one of his assistants, telling me that Mr. Sagmeister was “too busy” to personally answer my questions, and then directed me to the FAQ page on their website that listed answers to commonly asked questions. After receiving such a cold and rude reply, it effectively eliminated any admiration I might have had for this man and his work. Be very careful whom you make idols of, because inevitably they will fail you. I can’t understand why the design community has given this man such glorification.

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