Charles Harrison’s memoir, A Life’s Design, is about his successes throughout his long industrial design career creating innovative designs.
Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work is full of useful nuggets to motivate creatives and designers to put themselves out there and get discovered. While Kleon’s first book teaches you how to embrace inspiration from everyday influences, Show Your Work encourages readers to become the “artists that others want to steal from”.
All designers must eventually market their work at some point in order to get clients. But for some, networking and self-promotion is easier said than done. Today’s designers are being discovered online, and the Web has made it possible for designers to bring others into their creative process and actually let their networks do some of the connecting for them.
Here are a few things I learned.
We all want to be successful as freelancers and designers. More importantly, we want to avoid pitfalls that may come about in our career. So I recently read this e-book called “7 Deadly Sins Designers Should Avoid“, which is for recent graduates, new freelancers, and full-time designers. Kyhry Taylor talks about things that aren’t discussed in the four walls of a classroom. He also provides useful resources and tools that will help you avoid these “deadly sins”.