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The art problem: speed versus quality

Thursday, 15 October 2015 by

I was freelancing at an agency recently and I asked about the construction of a particular file I was working with, since I hadn’t created the original. This was eventually going to be a digital image used for web but was created in a program normally used for print. The answer I got was quite interesting: “Jeff,

One of the BIGGEST challenges for creative industry novices, juniors and everyone still breathing is to avoid the pitfalls of client direction. But that said, there’s a further pitfall … knowing when to speak your mind, or when to walk away. I recently had a client ask me for a logo design. Here’s what they said:

I remember the feeling, quite vividly, that I chose the wrong profession. In fact, I’d felt that way so often in the early parts of my career that it’s sort of a miracle I made it this far at all. That’s NOT because I didn’t enjoy graphic design and creative. I loved it, the entire

Doubts… yup, we all have them

Friday, 24 October 2014 by

Some recent emails got me thinking about a subject that, for years now, hasn’t been an issue for me. Doubt. Particularly, creative self-doubt. The fact it hasn’t been an issue for me isn’t because I’m somehow great, and never feel doubt anymore. It’s because I’ve never stopped doubting myself and my work, but have learned

I’m going to just say it …don’t bother trying to stand out in a crowd. I promise you, there’s always someone (or someones) willing to out-yell you, out-dress you, out-cheap you and generally jump around like a baboon to make more noise than you. And, they’ll use all that energy to scramble for as many

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