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365 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers: Insider Secrets from Top Designers on Working Smart and Staying Creative

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In need of advice? Just want to sound off? Opening this volume is like grabbing lunch with a fellow designer to commiserate or celebrate and to learn the ins and outs of design. Good habits are found in every part of the design process, from promoting yourself well in order to land the client, to working with that client, to achieving the desired results on press.

365 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers reveals solutions from a wide range of freelance designers whose years of...

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Overview

In need of advice? Just want to sound off? Opening this volume is like grabbing lunch with a fellow designer to commiserate or celebrate and to learn the ins and outs of design. Good habits are found in every part of the design process, from promoting yourself well in order to land the client, to working with that client, to achieving the desired results on press.

365 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers reveals solutions from a wide range of freelance designers whose years of experience have helped them find not only the most creative solutions for their clients' design needs, but also the most successful solutions. With a rich compilation of material from previous publications by the authors, this book also focuses on the daily habits that inspire these designers to stay creative and business strategies to be successful when working on your own.

In its pages, noteworthy designers, both past and present, working in fields ranging from graphic design, fashion, architecture, typography, and industrial design sound off on every topic, ranging from deadlines, inspiration, competition, rules, respect, education, and handling criticism-all with a certain amount of irreverence. Their thoughts are boiled down into succinct, quotable quotes and one-liners that exemplify their character and demonstrate their philosophy on the world around them. Enjoy reading thought bites from everyone from Art Chantry, Margo Chase, Ed Fella, John C. Jay, Hideki Nakajima, Stefan Sagmeister, and Rudy VanderLans. The insights of these top designers will help guide other designers in both approach and execution of designs that succeed for their clients.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592537372
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 964,466
  • Product dimensions: 9.96 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Dougher is a composer, writer, musician and educator living in Portland, Oregon. Sarah teaches at Portland State University in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department, and her academic interests focus around gender and popular music, and issues related to homeless youth and food security.

Steve Gordon Jr. has been a professional graphic designer for the better part of a decade. He’s run the full range of the career path with experience from Fortune 1000 in-house design at internationally recognized Fortune 1000 companies, agency and studio work to now working as an independent designer and creative consultant. He frequently lectures on how small studios/freelance designers can stay competitive in the design field at conferences such as the HOW Conference.

Laurel Saville is a freelance writer, whose essays, feature pieces, and short stories have been featured in Step Inside Design magazine, House Beautiful Home Remodeling and Decorating, Seven Days, and Ellipses. She lives in Albany, New York.Steve Gordon Jr. has experience ranging from Fortune 1000 in-house design at internationally recognized Fortune 1000 companies, agency, and studio work to work as an independent designer and creative consultant. He frequently lectures on how small studios/freelance designers can stay competitive in the design field at conferences such as the HOW Conference.Joshua Berger is a founder and creative director of Plazm. Berger received the Gold Medal at the Leipzig Bookfair for his collaboration with John C. Jay on the book Soul of the Game. His most recent projects include the art direction and design of ESPN's Ultimate Highlight Reel and development of the web site www.anti-war.us, dedicated to distribution of anti-war graphics to activists globally.Laurel Saville is a freelance writer whose essays, feature pieces, and short stories have been featured in Step Inside Design magazine, House Beautiful Home Remodeling, and Decorating, Seven Days, and Ellipses. She lives in Albany, New York. www.laurelsaville.comSarah Dougher is a composer, writer, musician and educator living in Portland, Oregon. Sarah teaches at Portland State University in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department, and her academic interests focus around gender and popular music, and issues related to homeless youth and food security.

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#153: Encourage Young People to Make Art

John C. Jay rarely participates in design conferences in Japan; rather, he concentrates his professional development on speaking with small groups or doing internal presentations for clients. In addition, he works with Illustration magazine to develop and encourage young talent. “I’m very involved with them in encouraging young artists... They did a call for entries for young artists in Japan. I wrote a brief, and the first thing they said to me was, ‘Your client is Nike—why don’t you do something like designing a new sneaker, a new Nike shoe?’ I’m not here to train them for a career; I’m here to motivate them to think about the world in a way that perhaps they haven’t before. One of the outlets is self-expression—to answer the question, why be an artist? And so I said in my brief, ‘God—whichever one you believe in—has given us the ability to have emotions and to express those emotions. You have been blessed with another ability, which is a physical ability of some kind of artistic skill with which to express ideas. Express to me the most powerful emotion that you are feeling at the moment. Don’t make it about trendiness and style. Don’t worry if it is a cool technique. Don’t worry about whether it is something that your teacher or employer said you couldn’t do. Don’t worry if it is a thing that doesn’t sell. Just forget all that and express the most powerful emotion in your body right now.’”

For the special competition, “expressing your emotions,” the magazine received more than 500 entries. Jay spent hours looking through and judging them; he then made a presentation of the 15 that he chose, and they were featured in the magazine. Hiroyuki Yoda, whose work is featured here, was chosen by Jay as the first place winner. This contribution to the creative lives of the young artists of Japan is essential to the work Jay performs as a creative director. Through this project, he networks with a publication and lends his talents to their creative direction. He also stays in touch with Japan’s nascent emerging talent.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Contributors

Chapter 1: Managing the Business

Chapter 2: To Freelance or Not to Freelance

Chapter 3: Working with Clients

Chapter 4: Working with Editors, Illustrators, Vendors, and Information

Chapter 5: Working with Other Creatives

Chapter 6: Promoting Yourself

Chapter 7: Staying Creative

Chapter 8: Designing Publications

Chapter 9: The Elements of a Page

Chapter 10: Designing Books

Chapter 11: Designing New Media

Chapter 12: Technology and Design

Chapter 13: Achieving Balance

About the Authors

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