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Things I’ve Learned As An Independent Designer

Not far into my career as a designer, I realized that I had aspirations to work for myself as an independent designer. In the nebulous stages of thought it seemed like a dream full of non-stop fun and creativity, and what designer wouldn’t want that? Of course, when you are dreaming anything is possible, and the not so fun aspects of reality never seem to cloud that fantasy. But once you...

How To Have A Useless Career

I was recently involved in an interesting discussion regarding some of the most “useless” majors one can study in college. Of note is that this discussion took place in a community devoted to all things visual media, and of course visual media related majors (art, fine art, studio art, photography, video production, etc.) perennially make top ten lists of most useless majors. For those of us in...

So You Want to Become An Independent Designer

As I have worked at becoming an independent designer on the side for many years, I thought I had an idea of what to expect from doing it full-time. However the reality is in many respects much different, in both positive and in negative ways. Yet there’s still nothing I’d rather be doing. I’ve always thought that there is now no better time than ever before to work in design. To be...

The More the Merrier

When I first started in design, the tools of the profession were—as far as I was concerned—fairly expensive. Granted, at the time I was unemployed and only had a few thousand dollars to my name, and thus every expenditure on equipment and software stung. The first computer I bought was a refurbished 2006 Mac Pro (the big cheese grater one), and while I had been running Illustrator on my old 2001...

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