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Embrace Your Authentic Self

We cannot share our Light in the world if we don’t know what our light is. So often people tell us what they think is right for us based on their hopes and their dreams and their desires.

It’s time to put all of that down and ask yourself—who am I? Not what your parents hopes and dreams are for you. Or the compromises you’ve made along the way to get you where you are now. But, what are your dreams? What are your likes and dislikes? What do you love? What do you hate? What sparks your soul with passion?

via Care2.

Want To Be More Creative? Have More Fun At Work

Have you ever looked at your own work and realized it’s all starting to look the same? Maybe the reason you aren’t happy with your work isn’t that you’ve lost your creative edge — maybe it’s just that you aren’t giving yourself enough space to play.

According to fashion photographer and CreativeLive instructor Miss Aniela, creativity can come when you’re crushed by a deadline — but it’s more likely to blossom when you’ve given yourself some time and the right conditions to really enjoy your work. And one of those conditions is time, plain and simple.

via Want To Be More Creative? Have More Fun At Work.

The 10-Step Portfolio Review for Photographers

No one else can critique your photos in a way that is as valuable as if you critique yourself. If you understand that your opinion is worth more than all others combined, you will find a stronger sense of self in the middle of your exploration for a style. Your style must come from within. It must be inspired by how you see the world. And while others might be able to tell you their opinions on exposure and framing, that comes second to how you view your own art.

via The 10-Step Portfolio Review for Photographers.

Own Your Title: Why It’s Ok To Call Yourself An Artist

Impostor Syndrome — the feeling that your success at various ventures is a fluke or a mistake, rather than the product of your own competence — is a real struggle for creative people. According to studies dating back to the 1970s, up to 70% of people, at some point, feel like they are walking frauds within their field. This could partially explain why it is, then, that when we first start out, we’re so hesitant to declare our intentions and own our titles.

via Own Your Title: Why It’s Ok To Call Yourself An Artist.

COMMON MISTAKES WHILE DESIGNING LOGOS | FluidAgain

A logo is a unique symbol that represents a business, a company or its brand and essentially acts as the face of the company or the brand. When it comes to business marketing, logos play a vital role.

More than just a graphical symbol for the company, logos have grown to serve as their identity. Through clear and meaningful logo designs, a company can display everything that it wants, to its customers. Well designed logos also help the customers identify with the brand more easily.

Knowing the importance of having a good logo is not enough; there are a lot of mistakes that a designer can make. Below listed are some common mistakes that you should avoid when you are designing a logo.

Mistakes that should be avoided while designing a logo:

via COMMON MISTAKES WHILE DESIGNING LOGOS | FluidAgain.

When Designers Are Not the Only Ones Designing — Medium

This is a walk-through of our product team’s feature design process as an iterative work in progress.

I’m a product designer at a small company. Like many other startups, we’re trying to introduce a new way of doing things. (In our case, that’s helping people to better understand and then find relevant ways improve their health.) We exist in a blossoming and expansive market, but of course, attempting to create new ways of doing things makes way for plenty of trial and error.

A good design process will snugly fit the team’s needs.

An agile approach, therefore calls for an adaptive, or responsive process.

Along with many other startups these days, we favor agile development and lean design processes. But one of the things I’m acutely aware of is how different our feature cycles can feel from one project to the next. Despite best efforts, project scope and requirements can also change midway, which makes it much easier for things to fall through the cracks. And that’s where having a flexible and transparent design process to help maintain some consistency becomes much more valuable.

via When Designers Are Not the Only Ones Designing — Medium.

Thinking Like An App Designer — Medium

There’s more to designing mobile apps than meets the eye. The task requires a deep knowledge of devices, and it often means changing the way we think — even if that means leaving behind much of what we’ve learned from designing for the web.

via Thinking Like An App Designer — Medium.

13 crazy freelancing myths debunked | Webdesigner Depot

A lot of designers have wild misconceptions about freelancing and what it’s actually like. Despite what many people think, it’s not all fun and games and working in your PJs.

At some point in their career, every designer is going to consider the possibility of going freelance. Before you make that decision, there are a few things you need to get straight…

via 13 crazy freelancing myths debunked | Webdesigner Depot.

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9 Top Designers On What Every New Grad Should Know | Co.Design | business + design

DESIGNERS AT IDEO, AUTODESK, HUGE, SAGMEISTER & WALSH, AND MORE PROVIDE PEARLS OF WISDOMS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF DESIGN TALENT.

‘Tis the season. Caps are flying all across the country as the latest generation of design graduates collect their sheepskins. Soon, they’ll hit the pavement, looking for their first real jobs. Should they head to Silicon Valley? Should they toss their sketchbooks and learn to code? We asked designers from Huge, Sagmeister & Walsh, Autodesk, and more if they had any pearls of wisdom for design graduates as they start their careers. Here’s what they had to say.

via 9 Top Designers On What Every New Grad Should Know | Co.Design | business + design.