Following is a brief summary of the presentations from Get Worked Up conference, September 22.
#TruthTella: Lessons Learned
— Curtis Canham
Curtis Canham shared a few of the lessons he has learned during his career that can help out new designers (and even not so new designers) find a great job and avoid some common pitfalls.
About Getting Hired
Construct your portfolio around your unique strengths. Present projects that you would like to do more of. When presenting your portfolio, make sure to give your work context. Mock up a layout to show off an illustration for example.
Practical tip: Would you hire yourself? If you were hiring a designer, what specifically would you look for? Be that designer.
People seem to love bad design, and it is ok to give them that.
Another practical tip: Give your clients what they are asking for. You are providing a service. If you are hired to do a job, a brochure for example, just do the brochure. If the client’s logo is horrible, use it. You were hired to layout out a brochure.
Words of wisdom from Design Jesus, Dan Stiles.
Take Away: Know what makes you unique. Don’t be a dick. Be the designer you would hire. Do the job.
Dribbble: CSA Creative, Curtis Canham
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