Things that rule your daily actions by Wasted Rita. Like she says “Talkin’ ’bout my generation.”
“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course. Piracy, for example, is a tradition that has been carried on for hundreds of years, but that doesn’t mean we should all attack ships and steal their gold.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid
The Secret Handshake is an online resource for student designers and young creatives (18 -25) looking for insider insight, honest answers and solid solutions to help you go pro.
Here is some good advice from their lovely site (and there is plenty more from where this came from) :
“Everyone is somewhat of an everythingist these days with their range of skills. Which is great. But when you are just breaking into the agency career world, try to highlight one strong skill/focus to get in the door, establish credibility once in, then start showing off your other skill-sets.” – Shaz Sedigh-Zadeh
“A resume isn’t a collection of accomplishments, but more a showcase for the person you hand it to that shows how you fit into their work culture. No resume acts the same from job to job, so consider it a living document.” – Dylan Lathrop
“Don’t wait for job postings to appear. Identify people you admire and studios you’re dying to work for and ask for an informational interview. Then bring your portfolio and a lot of good questions.” Stephanie Landes Burris
“If you want to be the designer that stands out of the rest, do something more than just designing. Make an interesting project like for charity, start an agency, hold an exhibition, start a design festival or build a site like Behance. Become interesting.” – Jennifer Cirpici
“Don’t overwhelm the interviewer with too much work. If you’re good, it’ll be evident in ten to fifteen pieces.” – Gail Anderson
“You collect things for a number of reasons – maybe you think you’ll need to use it later, it has sentimental value, or you spent good money on it so you feel you need to keep the item, even if you haven’t touched or used it in weeks, months, or years.
You might be holding on to that book you bought a year ago that you swear you’ll read or those killer pair of shoes that you’ll bring out for just the right occasion.
But the reality is, you probably made a mistake in buying those things and it literally hurts your brain to come to terms with that fact.”
– Mikael Cho, The Noise of Stuff
“If you want a group that builds a lot of things and is very creative, you don’t give them more gadgets or give them more tools, you give them less time” says Ben Chestnut. You don’t need to have a grand office or a lot of whiteboards to get creative ideas out, just be focused , have some constraints and the right kind of attitude. I couldn’t agree more.
“Since the dawn of our species, human beings in every time and place have contended with an unruly emotional core that behaves in unpredicted and confusing ways. Science has been unable to help them. The Western world’s first physician, Hippocrates, proposed in 450 B.C. that emotions emanate from the brain. He was right — but for the next twenty-five hundred years, medicine could offer nothing further about the details of emotional life. Matters of the heart were matters only for the arts — literature, song, poetry, painting, sculpture, dance.”
– A General Theory of Love
“If everyone had the luxury to pursue a life of exactly what they love, we would all be ranked as visionary and brilliant. … If you got to spend every day of your life doing what you love, you can’t help but be the best in the world at that. And you get to smile every day for doing so. And you’ll be working at it almost to the exclusion of personal hygiene, and your friends are knocking on your door, saying, “Don’t you need a vacation?!,” and you don’t even know what the word “vacation” means because what you’re doing is what you want to do and a vacation from that is anything but a vacation — that’s the state of mind of somebody who’s doing what others might call visionary and brilliant.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Neil Gaiman on the Secret of Genius (via Swiss-Miss)