We’ve all been there–you toil away for hours on a campaign, dreams dashed and Frappuccinos® downed, when you finally present the job only to have some lavender-haired art director inform you that she spent her summer at a local zine and would have no problem just “slapping in some copy” herself. Or a copywriter, earnestly pushing up his Warby Parkers, informs you that he’s “pretty proficient at InDesign” and could just whip something up real quick.
Without doubt, this is the most exciting time in the history of advertising. The digital age has greatly increased the potential for creative innovation, but the digital revolution has also brought a new complexity to what we do.
Crystal Beasley was a product designer at Mozilla when she decided to take a sabbatical in Cambodia. Her exposure to the lives of the country’s garment workers got her thinking about smarter apparel–not only how to manufacture clothes more ethically, but how to improve the frustrating process of finding something that fits.
Since its earliest days, the internet has been a safe haven for jerks. Anonymous, hate-spouting and troll-faced jerks. Nevermind that it’s completely revolutionized commerce, global communication and self expression—you can’t hear any of that over the jerks’ incessant shouting.
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Austin is a place with a good rep. Sitcom characters have started moving here regularly. Companies are building offices in Austin so they can attend music festivals and call them “work outings.” The world-famous Alamo Drafthouse cinema is here. The Austin City Limits music festival is here. A new identity is here, for both people and the city itself.
n March 18th, we gathered at Downstream in Portland to learn more about the evolving career path of an interactive designer. With a billion new smartphones shipping every year, and the demand for app and web experiences growing exponentially, the field has never been more demanding.
It’s important for a website to be fast. This makes sense intuitively, but there’s a whole host of research explaining why site speed is critical from a usability and profitability standpoint as well.
Not every creative gets the luxury of designing or writing to their own demographic. As an oddball female who hates shopping, I don’t even fit the demo I’m in. That’s why survey people run from me at the mall.
Jacki Sturkie is a copywriter, brand strategist and comedian in Portland, OR. She’s built her career, in large part, by staring adversity in its ugly face and laughing.
Erik Horn, Executive Creative Director and Principal at Arts+Labor, sat down with me to share some advice on how to break into the creative industry in Austin.
During one of my first job interviews in Austin, I was asked, “tell me something unique about yourself.” I responded, “I’m from California!” My interviewer shook his head and replied, “everyone is from California…”
Portland’s a small city. Word gets around, and you know what they say–first impressions last a lifetime. If you’re planning to move here, you want to hit the ground with your best foot forward. We asked four creative professionals what they learned from the relocating process, and they offered up the sort of wisdom that, taken to heart, could make you the talk of the town.
HUB Collective COO Kate Ertmann is a passionate advocate for diversity in the technology space, and spent 14 years directing a team of animators at Animation Dynamics Inc. When it comes to young women entering an often-challenging work environment, I couldn’t think of a better person to ask for advice.
Patrick Long is an accomplished illustrator whose work has ended up in feature films, advertisements and on book covers. He’s also the artist behind the characters on our homepage. I thought it was high time for us to sit down and see what makes him tick.
I really hate photographs of myself. I am simply better looking than what the camera records. The problem is the lighting, the angle, the focus, the exposure – anything but me.