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Between the forced interactions, uncertainty, and pressure placed upon success (often our health depends upon successfully acquiring a job), job hunting is a veritable hotbed for anxiety and depression.

I think it’s safe to say that many of us enter the job hunt during difficult times, where we’re not presenting our best selves. The circumstances for our current employment/unemployment, like recent termination or forced resignation or feeling stuck in a job we hate, might contribute.

Unfortunately, the cloud of negativity around this process compounds exponentially, and can further exacerbate what is already a difficult, unclear, and arduous process.

The thing…

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Beginners teaching will create more empathy, combat Imposter Syndrome, and diversify industry voices

Beginners! I’d love to see more of you *teach.* You have tremendous value to offer. In our industry, we uphold and revere experts. I get it. Experts do sexy slick things in time lapses, have nice camera equipment, and great hair days.

Here are 10 reasons to do it for yourself, your future students, and your peers, and our industry as a whole.

  1. While you may be intimidated by how many tutorials already exist, you have to remember your uniqueness. People like different teaching styles, voices, EDM BG music selection. …

An industry joke is that designers hate words. As a typophile, reader, and journalist, I am a little offended at the notion that we’re perceived as only liking color boxes, white space, and images. Personally, I love words. Whether it’s one giant word in a slab type on a 12’x12′ wall or 144,000 words carefully typeset into a book, using words (or verbal tools) are what define humans. Words are at the center of nearly every design. I care about the best way to send the message visually. As form follows function, design follows content. What I don’t love are…

It does until you realize what happens to everyone else and how you start to feel about them. We begin to create something called “The Other Side” — people who “eat Oreos wrong,” people who “actually think Trump could be a successful president,” or people who “actually think more guns will prevent more shootings.” The Other Side represents everything that you disagree with — the fodder for watercooler jokes, viral internet memes, and onerous internet comment threads. In math, the axiom of truth states that things are either true or false. To us, what we believe is truth. …

Fred Deakin has worked in the creative field as a musician, designer, and most recently an educator at University of the Arts, London (UAL), where he is Professor of Interactive Digital Arts.

In our interview we hear about the dynamism of the creative process and why collaboration is an absolute necessity for all fields, not just creative. We learn about Fred’s experiences working collaboratively within interactive design (in his “real world” workshop for his UAL students), and beyond (as a DJ, musician, and regular contributor to various art installations).

Learn more about Fred Deakin’s work at

Male, white, of a certain status, age, and demeanor. Assertive, dominant, ruthless, emotionless, competitive: Culturally, we have been conditioned to understand traditional masculinity as synonymous with strength and leadership. Leaders who don’t fit that description have fought an uphill battle against patriarchal conventions, but despite their efforts and progress, very few offices or teams in the modern workplace have been truly able to thwart this status quo. I am a leader who doesn’t look like the status quo.

In fact, I fail every demographic criteria I listed above, but I have adapted (despite my natural tendencies or my desired approach)…


The creative industry, and the creatives who inhabit it, have a wealth of resources at our disposal.

Want to learn more about user behaviors? Thousands of blog posts by industry experts break down tested research around the smallest UI nuances. Not sure about the best way to texturize hair in Illustrator? There’s hundreds of YouTube videos on that. Widely available and affordable/Open Source design resources are one of the many great aspects of working and learning in this industry.

However, for all of the tools that exist to learn technical skills, we lack the tools to learn and discuss what creative leadership looks like. A handful of written resources do exist: Harvest Business Review and 99u, but…

Instead of dwelling on this as a limitation, I recently shifted my approach to thinking how my unorthodox journey (and subsequent jobs) to becoming an agency designer and art director has taught me less predictable lessons.

Here are the five lessons I’ve learned from non-creative careers that have made me stronger for and more empathetic toward our internal team, the clients we work with, and myself.

1. Ask why incessantly (or at least until you really understand).

My journalism advisor made me mad because his notes for nearly every story I ever wrote was to “dig deeper.” He told me that there’s always a more interesting story beneath the surface. And…

In our Design Week Portland brainstorm event last week, we shared a brainstorming method called the “Costanza Method” (à la George Costanza from Seinfeld). Unlike traditional brainstorms, where you seek to find solutions to a problem, the idea behind this brainstorm technique is to instead seek ways to prevent your solution from happening.

Is budget your limiting factor for a project? Let’s try to blow trillions of dollars! Trying to create inclusive communities? Let’s try to exclude everyone. …

A legitimate fear in the age of The Internet of All Things is that we’ll all become tethered to our devices. Skills you learned as a young child, such as walking and chewing, will become foreign as we become acclimated to the in-between — phone, glasses, whatever gadget — that exists between us and the world.

Before, tech devices were more primitive, creating distance between you as the human user and and the functionality of the device. Joysticks and mice feel like artificial parts rather than human extensions. Now, tablets and phones more seamlessly integrate motions that are more natural. Pushing your screen up, literally pushes up your screen. The physical interactions we have with our devices feel more natural. On more than one occasion, I’ve seen kids trying to pinch in and out of actual books. Retina screen devices display images better than our eyes can even see.

Psychologically, this evolution in technology means there…

Tatiana Mac

Insatiably curious art director/designer who believes in working smarter and harder. Digital nomad.

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