Creative Futures Week March 1-3 2010

7 Mar

Getting a Job in Design 10am

The talk supplied lots of useful tips which I took note of:-

  • never assume in any area of design
  • make 3D mock ups of ideas to validate them
  • keep all skills current, you never know when the next job will be
  • design is all about creativity

Creativity + professionalism+skills+knowledge

ALL these are needed to become a successful designer

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) Chris Ramsden

look into:

  1. ergonomics
  2. semiotics        }science side of design -very interesting stuff
  3. psychology

‘never make assumptions in design’

  • artist
  • designer    }all communicators
  • illustrator


become a member of CSD – they have helpful resources


  • be passionate
  • be good communicator
  • be creative
  • be flexible
  • be helpful and supportive
  • be tolerant
  • be available
  • be punctual
  • be smart
  • be polite
  • be respectful
  • be understanding
  • be resourceful
  • be interesting/ be interested
  • be seen
  • be a good listener
  • be professional
  • be vigilant
  • be relentless
  • think laterally
  • work on a CV, portfolio, identity
  • get experience
  • have a plan
  • keep up to date
  • keep learning
  • believe in yourself
  • engage with professional body

some of these points might be obvious but can easily be forgotten

What does an employer/ client want to see?: Portfolios and CV’s 11.30am

A ‘thoughtful presentation’ from James Graham -thoughtful ( a small agency in Manchester)

their presentation was excellent, really useful interesting and engaging. they showed videos if some of the leading graphic designers and the advice they’d give to graduates in search of jobs etc.

Greg Quentin

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the GD industry?


Adrian Shaughnessy

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the GD industry?

A. Always be prepared to learn, you don’t stop learning once you’ve left uni.

Micheal Johnson

Q. What is the best to send an employer when applying for a job?

A. An attachment to an email for your own website, or a PDF that’s under 5mg is a good idea so the interviewer can look through it.

Patrick Baglee

Q. What is the best way to approach an interview for a design job?

A. Make sure you are interested rather than interesting sit up straight when with an employer, explain work clearly.

Paula Scher

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the GD industry?

A. Graduates should go for jobs they can learn a lot from, because everything you do now will not affect the rest of your life, mistakes are allowed.

James Corazzo

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the GD industry?

A. A graduate needs to have self believe and not let people get them down because you will be told you are not good enough at some stage in your career

Stefan Sagmeister

Q. what is the best amount of work to have in a portfolio?

A. Average of 12

Adrian Shaughnessy

Q. what about skills?

A. yes skills are good to have on programmes but if you have th knowledge then your ok.

Johnathan Baldwin

Q. What does a graduate need when entering the GD industry?

A. They need to think about connections, what could design have to do with a certain subject? they need to get out there and go places and learn things and advantage of it and finally they can’t just stick to what they know and are comfortable with, they need to challenge themselves.

The talk also provided other pointers and advice

– email is the most preferred way of communication. send an email with an attachment after a few days of no reply follow-up with a phone call.

make sure you contact the right people make emails tailored to each person/ company you contact. be professional don’t say ‘Hello!’ as your subject

be useful coffee ‘ I will make tea- make it often and willingly’

‘Im nice to have around, be an asset to the team I know I have a lot to learn but im willing/ prepared to learn and open-minded’

interview – between 15-30 mins when finished pack away and leave dont overstay your welcome or talk to long – be remembered for the right reasons

find out which studio you want to work with, start dialogue today make a list of 5 or 6

PDF with 6 or 7 pieces of work> think about layout and typography

Prepare an A3 bookstyle portfolio.

how many pieces?

-Stefan Seigmeister 10-20

-Hilman Curtis 8-10

-Johnson Banks dozen or so

-Bienut 10

Styles of Portfolio

  • wirebound
  • screwbook – easy to adapt
  • spiral bound
  • cardboard box presentation box

More advice

read the newspaper – know whats going on – well read not clever

have intellegence about design

open mind and willingness to learn

have a great positive attitude and passion for ideas

ability to understand how/why we have certain ideas


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