Husband-and-wife duo Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy have built a following for an array of well-made niche products. Here, they provide insight on jump-starting creative innovations and founding their art and design practice, CW&T (@charliewhiskeytango). ⠀ —⠀ To read more, click the link in our profile. #superchargeyourworksunday⠀
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“The calligraphy you work on is the mirror of the self, and your mental state or emotion appears in your work...You have to practice until you don’t even think about it.” - Aoi Yamaguchi⠀ —⠀ Who: Aoi Yamaguchi (@aoi_gm) began studying calligraphy at age six and earned the Master Calligrapher distinction at age 14. While Yamaguchi has respected the spiritual and aesthetic customs of her craft, she’s also branched out to make it her own, something she considers an integral part to her artistic evolution. ⠀ —⠀ To read more, click the link in our profile.⠀ #alookattheleaders | Photography ...
Good design is good business. But how do the strengths of a designer-founded business actually play out in the office and with the client? And what can we learn from that? Gene Lee, the VP of Design @mailchimp, discusses what happens when you put designers in charge of operations and how data will drive the future of design. ⠀ —⠀ To read the full article, click the link in our profile. #99uspeedread⠀
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“Whatever specific questions we ask, we can take control of our creativity by honing our intuition. To do so, we can better learn to consider the world around us. In the end, exceptional work isn’t created by the answers others give us, but by the questions we ask ourselves.” - Jay Acunzo⠀ —⠀ Looking for a boost in creativity? The solution may come from within. For Jay Acunzo (@jacunzo), author of “Break the Wheel: Question Best Practices, Trust Your Intuition, Do Your Best Work,” intuition proves a practical and useful tool for catalyzing creativity. ⠀ —⠀ To read, click the ...
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Are you designing inclusively? You might be and not even know it. For greater insight, we sat down with three designers who shared how creatives can build a world focused on inclusion, accessible experiences, and shared dialogue.⠀ —⠀ To read more, click the link in our profile. #superchargeyourworksunday⠀
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A look at the workspace of Man Made Music (@man_made_music) founder Joel Beckerman (@joelbeckerman). ⠀ ⠀ ”My workspace changes constantly. One minute, I may be composing for client work, and the next, I’m in a board meeting discussing the future of music education. I don’t, in fact, have a traditional ‘office’. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m a compulsive stander. For me, the main functionality of my environment is to foster creativity; it is the lifeblood of what we do, and at times can be incredibly spontaneous. We try to be cognizant of leaving the studios and ...
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“A brand isn’t a logo. There has to be implementation. You can design anything, but if the rubber doesn’t hit the road, you’ll be remembered as a great strategist but the client won’t call you again. You have to have a strategy, and you also have to be able to visualize it – one doesn’t go without the other.” - Erik Spiekermann ⠀ —⠀ Who: Erik Spiekermann (@espiekermann) is a world renowned type designer, information architect, and founder of the global digital branding and product agency, @edenspiekermann_. His creative work includes branding for @audi, @vw, and German Railways. ⠀ —⠀ ...
With the job landscape rapidly changing, experts say there’s an opportunity for workers—particularly creatives—to engineer roles that suit their own interests and aspirations while benefiting their employer. We’ve gathered four key tips from those who have mastered the process of creating your dream job inside a company. ⠀ —⠀ To read the full article, click the link in our profile. #99uspeedread⠀
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“You know a collaborative process is working when you feel accountable, but not judged, and you feel like they trust you to do their job.” - Isabel Lea ⠀ —⠀ When effective, a creative partnership can sustain and push you far beyond the point you would have reached on your own. Adobe Creative Residents Isabel Lea (@isle95), a UK-based designer, and Aaron Bernstein (@hungry.boy), a US-based photographer, have found this magic in each other. Together they discuss what it takes to make a successful creative partnership. ⠀ —⠀ To read, click the link in our profile. #tuesdaycareertips | Photography by ...
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Alix Peabody (@alixpeabody) is on a mission to shake up the male-dominated alcohol industry with an eye-popping, coral canned rosé called Bev (@drinkbev). She leads the company with a “Break the Glass” message that takes aim at the toxic world of tech parties, date rape culture, and hyper masculinity.⠀ —⠀ To read more, click the link in our profile. #superchargeyourworksunday⠀
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“We can choose not to participate in the consumption and production of these brands and their products. I still believe that the choice of not participating is a kind of activism.” - Natasha Jen ⠀ —⠀ Who: Natasha Jen (@njenworks) was named one of Pentagram’s (@pentagramdesign) youngest partners at age 35. Now, she creates brand identities, multi-scale exhibitions, signage systems, print graphics, and more. We sat down with her to discuss societal transformation and the power of passive activism. ⠀ —⠀ To read more, click the link in our profile. #alookattheleaders | Photography by @ericryananderson⠀
Stories can be an organic means of marketing what you’re doing and provide additional ways to connect with an audience. From the personal stories of 99U thinkers, we’ve compiled and outlined a five-step guide on how to build and develop a compelling narrative. ⠀ —⠀ To read the full article, click the link in our profile. #99uspeedread⠀
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“Money is challenging, so having an accountant is critically important, and something any freelancer or small business owner should do — but make sure you find someone you trust, and who understands what you really need.” - Mitch Goldstein⠀ —⠀ In this edition of “The First Five Years,” Mitch Goldstein (@mgoldst), professor of design at Rochester Institute of Technology (@rit_artdesign), addresses the financial challenges that come with navigating the uncharted waters of beginning a creative career.⠀ —⠀ To read more, click the link in our profile. #tuesdaycareertips | Image by Julie Campbell ⠀
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One of the internet's most popular design blogs is coming to an end. In an interview with 99U, @designsponge Founder, Grace Bonney, reflects on the realities of getting creative projects off the ground and shares her hopes for the future of design media.⠀ —⠀ To read more, click the link in our profile. #superchargeyourworksunday⠀
A look at the office of adventure photographer Scott Rinckenberger (@scottrinck) in North Bend, WA. ⠀ ⠀ “I work well when I can compartmentalize and focus. To that end, I’ve divided the open space of my office to create distinct work areas. The first, and most frequently visited is the computer workstation. This is where all of the keyboard pecking and some of the printing gets done. The second space is the framing area, where I assemble all of my framed prints. I love this part of the space, because it gives me a place to enjoy the tangible side ...
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“I think what matters most is figuring out what you feel passion about...and then leveraging that work and starting to connect with people who are doing that work, knocking on enough doors to hopefully get an internship and start to make your passion your profession.” - Ian Spalter⠀ —⠀ Who: Ian Spalter is @instagram’s head of design and has grown the company’s design team from seven to 70.⠀ —⠀ To read more, click the link in our profile.⠀ #alookattheleaders | Photography by @jeffsinger
We’ve all had at least one: a nightmare project that you wish you could walk away from. We asked a few seasoned design pros to reflect on the lessons learned from their own project nightmares, in the hope of sparing you a few sleepless nights.⠀ —⠀ To read the full article, click the link in our profile. #99uspeedread⠀
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“I work out budgets based on real numbers, and I’m very frank, honest, and upfront with any freelancer who works with me, both regarding fees and payment schedules. People are worth what they are worth, and fees are fees. There is no in-between.” - Astrid Stavro⠀ —⠀ Talking about pay may be tricky, but it’s a necessary skill, particularly as more workers find themselves in the gig economy. Pentagram (@pentagramdesign) partner, Astrid Stavro (@astridstavro), explains that when you get an exceptional designer, you often find that person to be not only good for the job but good for the company ...