Keeping It Real With Brand Integrity

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about brands. Why? Because the brand experience matters, especially to designers. I asked myself questions such as what makes a brand shine? What makes a brand the one that people rave about to family and friends, who are ecstatic to talk about, who willingly part with cash to buy … Continue reading Keeping It Real With Brand Integrity

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The Artist’s Dilemma: Doing Things That Scare You

Last Friday, I went to a book signing event for Jason Segel’s new book called Otherworld. Described as a renaissance man, Jason Segel has done it all: acting, writing, puppeteering, cracking funny jokes at himself. I actually did not know much about him before going to the event, so I was driven by curiosity of … Continue reading The Artist’s Dilemma: Doing Things That Scare You

Mentoring The Next Generation

Many companies choose to have interns work for them during the summer season. These are usually college or high school aged individuals. While most kids are on vacation over the summer, these kids are choosing to cut their free time short in order to spend time working for your organization. Remember this fact. When you … Continue reading Mentoring The Next Generation

[Book Review] Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

As creatives, we always want to be doing work we love. It's how we keep the creative spark to keep sharing our gifts with the world. I finished reading Seth Godin's book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Here are several key takeaways from the book: If you want to do work that you love, then you … Continue reading [Book Review] Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Be Methodical In Asking Questions

When creating a product that really makes an impact, you need to take your time. Many companies try to rush releasing a new product or campaign without thinking it through. Many times these are based on feedback received from customers. However, not all feedback is considered good. Many times, you have to dig deeper with … Continue reading Be Methodical In Asking Questions

How to Stand Out as a Creative Among the Noise

Nowadays, we have pressure on us to fit this image of being a jack-of-all trades. For example, if you are creative, some organizations expect you to be a mediocre designer, videographer, print designer and more. Now, it’s easy to fall into this trap, however you will not be able to advance in your career and … Continue reading How to Stand Out as a Creative Among the Noise

Understanding Organizational Agendas To Maximize Results

Everyone has an agenda. This can be applied to organizations as well, including departments. As a designer, to maximize your projects, you need to be able to understand the agendas of other departments in your organization, not just yours. As those of us strive to become Art Directors or Project Managers, knowing the agendas of … Continue reading Understanding Organizational Agendas To Maximize Results

Overcoming the obligated good deeds holiday aka Valentine’s Day

I've never been a fan of Valentine's Day. Even when I've been in relationships I have never been thrilled by this holiday. It's always some sort of forced obligation of one partner to buy their significant other flowers (usually, a dozen roses), spend a ton of money at a fancy restaurant, and pick out a romantic … Continue reading Overcoming the obligated good deeds holiday aka Valentine’s Day