Often times I find myself venturing to the local bookstore to help inspire myself with new creative ideas. Last week I came across a book called, “1000 Ideas by 100 Graphic Designers” and it has quickly become one of my favorites. 320 pages dedicated to helpful quotes, tricks of the trade, designer oaths and tid bits of information to keep you from losing your mind.
I’d like to share a few of my favorite tips…
#4 Surround yourself with talented individuals. It is an old adage but very true; you are only as good as those you work with
- I’ve been very blessed throughout my design career so far to have worked with some amazing and insanely talented individuals. They have taught me so much and helped me grow into the artist that I am. Now that I have the opportunity to work side by side with Nic and Matt I learn new things everyday especially when it comes to programming and organization. They’ve helped me to be a jack of all trades and allowed me to broaden my horizons beyond just my sketchbook.
#65 Keep your friends close but your critics closer. It’s nice that people like your work but you can actually learn much more from people who make valid criticism.
- Ok so I’m not saying that I’m looking for people to bag on my work, but it’s always refreshing to have some constructive criticism thrown your way. I also think it is good to have people who are non creatives check out your work before presenting it to your clients. I’ve realized that not everyone thinks the way that I do so having a person like Matt, my conservative project manager who is all about business, doing things the right way, simplicity and functionality analyze my work he often sees things in a different light and will provide me with additional solutions that I hadn’t thought of. It’s all about working together and feeding off of ideas like a big pot of stew…mmmm
#78 It’s important to work with good printers.
- Nothing is worse than working with a printer that is not necessarily up to par. They can hands down ruin a great project and design and make you want to throw things. If my team and I are handling the printing of design materials I always have preferred printers that I like to use based on the budget of our clients. Always remember Printers are your friends! Not your enemy.
#247 The Job is as fun as you make it. Fun is a key factor for quality of work and life.
- It’s important to enjoy what you do. I like to get my clients and the people around me excited and inspired about my work and the fun that I have doing it. There are always going to be bumps in the road, but no one said that you weren’t allowed to go off roading! Working with 2 business partners that are just as excited about their work as you always helps and it makes clients want to work with you too.
#835 Thou shalt not kill any ideas.
- I always tell people when I’m concepting that no idea is a bad idea and that often times you have to get the bad ideas out before you can get to the good ones. Same thing goes for clients. Sometimes clients come up with some pretty funny ideas, but it’s our job as the pros to help guide them into masterpieces. Don’t be afraid to throw out some randoms, cause who knows what can come of it.
Alright guys that’s it for now. Let me know what you think and if there are any tips of your own that you would like to add to my favs.