Good Fucking Design Advice is here. Great project which is really all about being a self-initiated, non-commercial passion project for its founders, Brian Burge and Jason Bacher
I don’t think all of its rules are ones that everyone should follow all the time. The two I disagree with the most are:
Stay up all fucking night.
Work fucking harder.
These tend to reinforce the idea that design work must be punishing, rigorous and tough. Surprisingly, I tend to disagree.
But when you are following your passion, doing personal work and trying to grow, create and discover – those two things; working hard, staying up all night – tend to come naturally. And there’s nothing wrong with this:
“The first year of G.F.D.A. was about taking chances, realizing opportunities, discovering passion, and hard work. Looking forward, Brian and Jason wish to continue what they’ve started, providing opportunities to motivated, passionate individuals, inspiring them to be fearless in their approach and tenacious in their design pursuits.”
Here’s a situation I’m sure you are familiar with. At the end of an interview with a facility there is a moment where a hiring manager will bring you into a room and ask:
What is your availability and what is your rate?
What should you say? What if you ask for too high of a rate? What if it’s too low? Do they offer benefits? Do they pay OT? Is it 1099 independent contractor? Here is what I say:
I really appreciate you bringing me in today. I have a rep that handles my contract details.
Great advice from VFXSoldier… more here.
It’d be interesting to see more reps / agents in the motion design / animation biz. Anyone know of any? I’d love to provide some links …
Cool hand-painted stop-motion piece by Studio Botes with advice from lots of different designers on starting your own business.
1. Steal like an artist.
2. Don’t wait until you know who you are to start making things.
3. Write the book you want to read.
4. Use your hands.
5. Side projects and hobbies are important.
6. The secret: do good work and put it where people can see it.
7. Geography is no longer our master.
8. Be nice. The world is a small town.
9. Be boring. It’s the only way to get work done.
10. Creativity is subtraction.
Go read the original here.
via knk’s fffound via rebelart not sure of the original provenance anyone help w/ the German?
EDIT: Ah the 2nd one is from Keri Smith’s Artist’s Survival Kit. Pretty awesome.