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Hello everyone,

The past couple of months have been tumultuous to say the least. Long story short, I’m now working for a magazine publishing house after a good recommendation from a friend, which is a reason to always make new connections and to cherish ones that you’ve already got.

I want to share with y’all a few resources I’ve stumbled upon while researching a things for my work.
Things ranging from website design process, how to get a step ahead of your competition when it comes to finding clients,

The making of the Pulkovo Airport website
The first resource being a website that shows the process of creating a website. There’s plenty of sites and books about creating logos or brands but stepping into website design is completely new and foreign to me. Check it out, and there’s more examples once you click on the homepage.

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Even though I don’t have a full time position I’ve been freelancing and it’s equated to full time work. Sigh.

Anyways crossing my finger on getting a full time position soon so I can somewhat have an organized working schedule.

I have learned a lot however. Upcoming posts include some of the freelance tips and tricks I’ve gathered. So stay tuned!

As designers we constantly need to be on the lookout for inspiration. I’ve stumbled upon Niice.co which is created by Chris Armstrong and Pete Hawkins. Niice pulls from sites like behance, fubiz, to populate any search term you may want to draw inspiration from.

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Have you ever wanted to pick the brains of your design hero?
As a young designer out of college you realize that there are a ton of information that they did not teach you at school. It’s not that they couldn’t but most of this information is learned through experience.

Learn the Secret Handshake allows young designers like myself a little bit of that insight from those that have paved the way before us. This site allows you to see specific things that people look for in a portfolio, resume or a designer in general. Who knows, maybe you’ll get your Aha! moments with sage advice like this.

Your portfolio is not what you did, but what you’re going to do next. – Tobias van Schneider

So check them out, it’s a wonderful resource for knowledge and inspiration.

Learn The Secret Handshake

What kind of classes should you take in design school?

Going to college to become a designer is a little different than say…an accounting major. The most important note to keep in the back of your mind is:

Which classes will give me the best portfolio pieces and experience?

That should be your mantra all throughout school when you’re registering for classes. What classes specifically should you learn?

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Really inspirational talk by Jane ni Dhulchaointigh the founder of Sugru

Jane talks about being an aspiring product designer and the process of inventing Sugru, which enables you to hack any object in your life. To me this shows that we must blaze a path in our lives, because no one else will do it for us. Jane had a vision and aspirations and never quit.

Whenever someone asks me what I do, I’m always hesitant to say I’m a graphic designer because what usually follows is a blank expression on their face.

I mean how can I say I push pixels around on the screen until they ‘feel’ right while sounding like I actually went to school for this?

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