Latest Design News & Views

Quick interview with Karl Randay

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At High School, I spent a lot of time arguing with my art teacher about what the design aspect of Art & Design should be. We were always asked to paint a taxidermy bird in the style of some old master (usually...

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Quick interview with Dylan Menges

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was several years into adult life before pursuing design. First, I dropped out of college. Then spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. It was my second attempt at college, within a focused design curriculum,...

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04 The Futur of Design Education

In this episode, I get to speak with Chris Do. Chris is an Emmy award winning designer, founder and CEO of Blind, Inc., where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company. He's also the founder of The Futur, a design education platform. We’ll be...

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03 Getting Clients to Pay You on Time

In this episode, we look at how to ensure you get paid on time and you're not chasing the clients for money over and over again. We’ll be discussing this episode over in the This Design Life Facebook group. Once you’ve listened, make sure you join us and discuss this...

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Quick interview with Marc Posch

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I found out very early that people have the highest respect for printed material, official looking documents, bus tickets, student IDs. Being on a tight budget, I started forging student IDs to get cheap theater...

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02 How to Get Clients to Come to You

In this episode, I talk to Ian Paget, the Logo Geek. I find out how he got built a huge following online and got a great insight into his logo design process. We’ll be discussing this episode over in the This Design Life Facebook group. Once you’ve listened, make sure...

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01 Why listen to This Design Life?

We've been waiting to launch a podcast all about design for a long time now. Loads of things have got in the way, but now is the time... Here's what you can expect from This Design Life, what we'll be covering and what our mission is.  

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Quick interview with Melinda Livsey

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I originally went to school to become an illustrator. I had no clue what graphic design was at the point. I was required to take beginning Typography as one of the required courses for my illustration degree and it...

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Quick interview with Debbie Millman


1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I started working in design primarily because it was the only marketable skill that I had. When I was in college (The State University at Albany, in Albany New York) I majored in English Literature and minored in...

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10 tips for getting a job in design

Believe it or not I started off my career as a young Graphic Designer before entering into advertising and Finally IT Recruitment. I spent 3 years at University studying Design for Visual Communication and specialising in Graphic Design in my final year. Graphic...

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Quick interview with Jerrod Maruyama

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Like most kids, I grew up drawing. Unlike most kids, I stuck with it. I never considered going into art as a career until my senior year in high school. I saw The Little Mermaid in theaters and decided I wanted to...

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Quick interview with Lenny Terenzi

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I sort of fell into it I guess. I always wanted to be a Disney artist and never practiced enough to hit that level. I used to say I was not good enough but now in my older age, I realize I just didn't push myself...

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Quick interview with Femke van Schoonhoven

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? It took me a while to realise that design could be a career. I knew I wanted to do something creative, but didn’t know exactly what. I ended up studying marketing thinking that I’d learn about creative advertising...

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Quick interview with Ian Paget

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Growing up I was that kid that loved art. I loved to make things, loved drawing and was interested in animation too. I used to win a lot of art competitions, and even had my drawings on TV a few times. Because of...

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Quick interview with Philip VanDusen

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer/creator? The fine arts, drawing and painting, have always been passions of mine. I studied fine art in university and actually have a masters degree in painting not design. That fine art focus as it turns out has...

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Quick interview with Nate Bear

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/creative? That one is tough. I really don't remember NOT wanting to be a visual artist of some kind. I remember going to museums exhibits and seeing all those behind the scenes Disney films, and the Jim Henson hours....

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Quick interview with Chris Harrison

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’d had vague notions from a pretty early age that I wanted to do something with drawing. I’ve got a vivid memory of staring at a Quality Street tin when I was around 8 or 9 and thinking, “I want to be the person...

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Quick interview with Charli Marie

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/creative? I was a creative youngster. My idea of fun was creating my own magazine layouts by using a collage of pieces from other magazines, and I was obsessed with the album art that came with my favourite cassette...

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Quick interview with Ben Burns

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? You know, I honestly didn’t know design existed as a career until my Junior year in College. In high school, I was obsessed with photography. I had my sights on being a photographer with a studio in NYC, shooting...

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Quick interview with Stefan G. Bucher

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? You know, I don’t know that I ever had that realization. My dad gave me my first comic books when I was maybe three years old. I remember noticing Ben-Day dots, and I have a strong memory of being upset that...

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Quick interview with Shawn Barry

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I was always an artist, and growing up, that was where my focus was taking me. I struggled with academics in school, but excelled at art and music. It wasn't until going back to a high school equivalency program...

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Designers, are you special?

This is a guest post from Jennifer Aldrich and was originally posted on Medium. The latest popular phrase spoken by design industry folks is, “Designers, remember that you’re not special or precious.” The first time I heard someone say it, I laughed. The next time I...

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Quick interview with Doc Reed

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? Probably after leaving High School. I didn’t know communication arts or design was a thing until my High School art teacher said something about me "making a great graphic designer” one day. I was intrigued. I must...

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Quick interview with Marksteen Adamson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? It was more a case of not having a choice. I grew up in Africa and went to a Swedish mission school until I was 12. Then we moved to Denmark (my mother is Danish) and I went to a Danish school until I was 15. I...

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Quick interview with Ben the Illustrator

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? There's a few key moments I think! I have little glimmers of golden moments all through childhood, the crayon pirate scene, the Ghostbusters logo in biro, seeing Lichtenstein's 'Whaam!' at the Tate (now Tate...

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Quick interview with Thad Cox

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Probably when I was at school doing Art (I loved Art more than anything else and was fortunate enough to a fantastic teacher called Mr Hesseltine). I would often draw / design covers of my mix house tapes. After...

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Quick interview with Scott Fuller

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Pretty early on, but I didn’t know what to call it! I always loved to draw, then I started designing cars and such for my friends all through high school, and that’s when I made the decision to pass over a...

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Quick interview with Jason Craig

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I got my first design job in 1997. Growing up I wanted to be an artist, I drew all the time and painted but as time went on I realized that fine artists didn’t always get paid very much and that I would need a...

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Quick interview with Omar Farook

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I discovered my passion for drawing and creating stuff when I was a child; my parents would tell me how excellent I was at drawing perfect circles when I was just three. I then slowly started aspiring to become an...

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Quick interview with Andy J Miller

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/creative? High school. I have always been a creative type, and I grew up drawing all the time, but it wasn’t until I got into the indie music scene that I discovered poster design and considered it as a career. 2....

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Quick interview with Ben Gross

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? After college I went to Italy to do a montage. (Putting up tents for Eurocamp) We had no electricity and I only had one book. I really missed doing creative things. While there I enrolled in multi media course at...

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Quick interview with Patrick Hill

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer/creative? Around the age of 10 I began associating creativity with individuality and, frankly, popularity. That being said, I've never felt like I was pre-disposed to "creativity". It looked natural when other people...

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Quick interview with Chris Do

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? The turning point came when I met Dean Walker, a real life graphic designer. I was 17 years old and was picking up some artwork for my boss. Dean worked from his home and invited me in while he put the finishing...

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Quick interview with Josh Miles

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve been doing design or art in some manner since I was old enough to hold a pencil. And while I think I boldly stated in highschool that I was going to, “Own a design firm” after I graduated, I’m positive I didn’t...

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Quick interview with Sean Bird

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Well, fresh out of University I worked at two big design / marketing firms. If I’m honest, it wasn’t really an enjoyable experience. The tea-round took forever. I felt under pressure a lot of the time and that I was...

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Quick Interview with Alex Mathers

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I never planned to be an illustrator. I did geography at university and then a Masters in Real Estate. 2. How did you get started and what was the biggest hurdle you overcame? I got into illustration in my early...

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Quick Interview with John Emery

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Out of high school, I wanted to go to art school. I specifically remember a conversation with my father in which he said, “What about graphic design? It’s an art major that you can probably make a living with.” So I...

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Quick interview with Anna Robinson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? I was employed at an agency and had just come back to work again after maternity leave. I struggled for a year or so but often found myself driving in the bus lane to get home in time to fetch my son from...

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Quick interview with Sean Tambagahan

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve always known that I wanted to do something creative, but I’ve never wanted to be a freelancer (and I never have been one). I’ve known from the beginning that what I wanted to do required collaboration with...

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