Have you sat back this week and thought about how great it is to be a designer? Take a second and think about it quick. It’s pretty awesome right? Yes, you get to wear hoodies and graphic tees, and play with typography, color etc., but that’s really not what makes being a designer so awesome.
About a month ago, I was honored to be 1 of 5 product designers to sit on the Future of Work panel, part of AIGA’s San Francisco Design Week. The panel focused on the ever-evolving role of the designer, our conversation covered everything from whether designers need coding skills in the future, to the impact of current trends on the industry, to the skillsets companies look for when hiring a product designer.
This was my first ever planel, but I had a really great time and I wanted to share with you my experience as well as the findings.
Below is a recap for anyone who wasn’t able to attend the sold-out event.
So here I am about three weeks into my latest move towards helping myself become a better designer. I suppose you can say it’s been about four years in the making, but who’s counting? It definitely has been a journey, but I know that becoming a better designer doesn’t mean that I always have to focus on getting better at Sketch, Photoshop, hand lettering or keeping educated. Sure, these are all important skills and maybe you need to improve on those skills but often times as we race to stay relevant and compete we neglect our health and get burnt out in the process. I probably don’t have to elaborate too much more on why you need to be aware of your health because if you are one of those designers who isn’t, you’re probably feeling the effects in some way everyday. However, as always I want to share my very own experiences of balancing out my health and career with you as well as what I’ve done to help me get pointed in the right direction. I hope after reading this you too get the jumpstart that you need.
With 2014 coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about your goals for 2015. My biggest goal is to finish The Designer’s Handbook.
When I get back to my regular writing schedule, I’ll share with you more insight around goal setting as a designer, but to help you get motivated for 2015, I’ve decided to gather a list of my top 10 most popular lesson from 2014 as well as announce a few offers that I have available to you all for a limited time only.
I didn’t have a post for you last week because I was busy working on launching The Portfolio Workshop. Thanks to everyone who helped me pull this together. If you’re interested in becoming a student in this month’s class, there’s still some spots available.
Now that I’m back in the saddle, this week I want to talk to you about bouncing back.
Last week I shared with you the joy of finding your happy place as a designer. I hope it gave you the confidence to think deeper about what it is that makes you happy as a designer and motivated you to go after it.
This week I want to share with you the biggest mistake I think I made starting out as a freelance designer. I didn’t correctly position myself in the market. Based on the inquiries that I get every week, I’m going to bet that you too are making the same mistake. It’s okay. I’m excited to help. Here’s my story.